Reduce your carbon footprint / Guides

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...carbon footprint than plant-based foods, so discarding those items compounds the effect on our environment. What is Zero Waste Living? One initiative to reduce the environmental impact of household trash is the zero-waste movement. Participants reduce the amount of garbage they create by adopting more eco-friendly ...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...your house and show it off. This can be done by installing solar panels and a full retrofit, or simply by composting, growing your own food, and collecting rainwater . Small steps to reduce our impact add up when we encourage others to do so. If you have no sun but your neighbour has a huge sunny lawn, offer to hel...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...your efforts to reduce the ecological footprint of your home can be instantly negated by locating it far from the places you need to go and public transportation, as you will spend a lot of time in a car. Transportation fuel makes up a much greater part of our carbon emissions than a lot of people might think, conseq...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...your next concrete job. Now you know more about low-carbon concrete and how it can help reduce the carbon footprint of eco homes & sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete Build...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...carbon concrete solutions coming to market, read more here. All your other building material selections contribute to your personal carbon footprint as well, so choosing greener insulation such as dense-packed cellulose , hemp , or mineral wool, and selecting foam insulation with lower emissions will reduce carbon pr...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...Carbon footprint of gabion walls Gabion walls really do have a significantly lower carbon footprint than a concrete wall . Taking into account the embodied energy for the carbon footprint of a 10 foot high wall through all stages of it's life (manufacturing, transport, construction and maintenance) - here are the com...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...carbon emissions. So when you purchase clean energy, you have not only reduced your own carbon footprint, you have contributed to the creation of a by-product (REC) that provides a market incentive to develop and generate cleaner power solutions. And there is no shortage of potential sources - such as tidal power gen...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...your daily routine can be carried out by your own power, your carbon footprint drops immensely. If you aren't farming, buying or building on a chunk of land off the beaten path can be a wonderful place to live, but a little carbon intensive if you aren't careful. Here's a few tips that might help. 1. Commuting. D...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...your home to keep either your foundation or slab from freezing. This is done by grading away from your foundation, but stopping a foot or so below your final desired height. Lay down 3 inches of extruded foam, then the final 8 inches or so of soil. If you have to build a basement, it makes sense to use the space . Bu...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...reduce your carbon footprint and your food costs. Not only that, it's often healthier and even tastes better. Any would-be gardener would love a sunny backyard or even better some acreage to grow edibles, but that isn't always the case. Some of the more limited spaces would be apartment balconies, but if they are at ...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...reduce the overall carbon footprint of homes, how we heat our homes becomes a very big issue. Theoretically, almost any leaky old home can stick a pile of PV solar panels on top and be declared "net zero," but that would cost a fortune and can hardly be considered sustainable. The key to successful green home construct...