Sustainability

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You Are Better Off Investing in Sustainability Than Stocks

In just the energy efficiency (EE) field, $2 trillion can be invested by 2020 with an internal rate of return (IRR) of 17 per cent. To put that into perspective: that rate of return is better than investing in the stock market or in real estate over the long-term. Why aren't we executing some of these simple, economically viable -- in fact hugely profitable solutions?

Natural Gas Lobbyist Rush In British Columbia

According to lobbyist registry data, there are currently 57 lobbyists representing the natural gas industry to elected officials and government agencies in the province of British Columbia. This is a pretty astounding number when you consider that the provincial government only consists of 85 elected representatives.

How Sustainability Can Save Business

Decades of experience have shown that environmental initiatives pursued in isolation of the economic benefit are largely immaterial. But when environmental objectives are framed as business strategy and tied to business operations and measured in terms of cutting cost and increasing profitability -- significant environmental benefits are generated. And so we believe that environmentalism can save business, as the more powerful engagement tool that business has at its disposal to drive innovation.
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Why You Need to Stop Bragging About How Cheap Your Clothes Are

Face it: we as a collective are addicted to discounts. Fashion's Night Out is an attempt by the industry to show another side, the side that has almost been lost and overshadowed by an industry now built on sales. Why is it that we are often more proud of how good we are at deal-hunting than we are about the actual qualities of the clothes we buy? And trust me, someone is paying for that $10 top, even if it isn't you.
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A Business Tip From a Country Boy: Invest in People

Bill Clinton at the DNC said what white- and blue-collar workers have known for 30 years: you need to invest in people to have an innovative and productive economy. My coach, used to say "you get corn, if you plant corn." Neither in government nor in business have we been planting corn. We quit planting it almost 30 years ago when we got rid of middle management in government and the private sector, and as the economy reveals, we are losing.

Eco Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

I live in Toronto and right now I feel like I am going to melt. It's hotter than Haiti and many people are trying desperately to beat the heat. Here are a few things that you can do to help yourself, while also helping the environment. There are many eco-friendly ways to keep cool!

Veniez: I See Your Tar Sands and Raise You These Photos

On the surface, a call for reason sounds good when dealing with the tar sands, but it comes at a great cost to the environment where irreparable damage is being inflicted everyday. Unreasonable things are happening in Canada's North, and it's not talk that's going to solve these massive problems.
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If the Tar Sands Were a Teen, I Would Ground Them For Life

Just yesterday we saw a huge pipeline spill in northwest Alberta dumping 22,000 barrels of oil and water into the surrounding wilderness. And how could we forget that 19,500 barrels of oil our little baby spilled into Michigan's Kalamazoo River? Now, of course the tar sands have a long way to go -- in many ways he is still just a clumsy teenager, tripping over himself.
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Light Bulb! How to Fix Ontario's Power Problems

Ontario has lots of advantages. We have a skilled workforce and hungry entrepreneurs. But to get our economy moving again, we need energy policies that will keep prices under control for entrepreneurs, industry, and households alike, while ensuring that the system is reliable and sustainable.

How to Shop Consciously This Holiday Season

I strongly believe that if we were exposed to the whole life cycle of design, starting with inspiration, we would value what we own that much more. And then we would maybe spend more on what we value, and maybe we would keep our things for longer.

Learning the Value of Respect on Haida Gwaii

One of the first lessons I learned from First Nations communities was about the importance of respect. Without respect for each other, we don't listen and we fail to learn. But respect should extend beyond our fellow humans, to all the green things that capture the sun's energy and power the rest of life on Earth.

Canadians Facing a Crisis of Confidence

The great danger now emerging is that if Canadians can no longer be persuaded of the legitimacy of national action, our collective ability to build on what we have in common will gradually, but inevitably, disintegrate.