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Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

As the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is taking place in the midst of a global pandemic and social distancing is a must, find virtual Earth Day celebrations here that you can attend online. How & why we celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd Earth Day is one of the few globally celebrated days of observance in the world, with…

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

Carbon sequestration, Carbon reduction & Carbon offset are hot topics in the global fight against climate change & while saving rain forests & planting trees is popular, the IMF say saving the Whales may be the best plan yet. What do whales listen to?      'Pod' casts...   Talking of which, I listened to a fascinating…

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

How to prepare for emergencies and power outages. We are seeing more frequent and more severe weather events as our climate changes, and all evidence points to that trend continuing. Here we have a list of ways to prepare yourself in the event of grid failure or absence of municipal services.  Storing emergency food a…

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. Building resilient homes helps deal with climate change events, storms, floods, heatwaves, extreme cold, and saves us all money. Future-proofing homes for Climate Change:  Anticipating future climatic challenges and constructing resilient b…

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

Last summer the 20/20 Catalysts Program kick-started a clean-energy initiative for Indigenous communities. This summer the focus will be on improving community housing. Representatives from 18 communities across Canada attended three week-long intensive sessions last summer as part of the clean energy capacity-buildin…

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

Want to learn what how to slow climate change by altering your diet a bit? Learn what foods have the lowest climate impact. How does diet affect climate change? Dwindling water is the next big global resource crisis looming over us, and soil depletion isn't far behind. Living in a green home doesn't instantly equate t…

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

Urban centers are increasing in population, with that comes the challenge of making them a healthy and enjoyable place to live, both in your home and out. First published in SAB magazine. Kim Barnsley Is a senior architect at the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. The way we live is changing. As both an architect and a…

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

The BRE Innovation Park will be expanding its facilities to conduct research into advanced building products and technologies. The BRE Innovation Park (Building Research Establishment) that lies 15km north of Toronto will soon build a new series of houses in which emerging building products and technologies can be res…

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

Badly needed infrastructure for charging electric vehicles coming from the provinces, along with financial incentives for purchase. There is no question that the best way to lower emissions as we scurry about a city is to travel by foot, bike or public transportation, yet it’s unlikely we will see the end of the perso…

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

New partnership agreement will bring WELL to market across Canada. Washington, D.C. & Ottawa, ON (June 9, 2015) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announce a new agreement to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Stand…

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

Dying eggs is especially fun when using all natural dye made in your very own kitchen. Dying eggs is one of my favourite spring traditions. Sadly, many conventional food dyes and artificial colourings are far from benign. According to a 2010 study conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Dyes:…