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E-bikes and electric scooters- green transportation
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Why you should get an E-bike now

...urban transportation. You can always check out all the options for green commuting in this article . Are ebikes legal? Now let's dig in and help you choose an ebike style in a class that is legal for your intended purpose . We wouldn't want you to end up on cable news networks as the star of an ebike chase scene wi...

Ottawa Coach Houses with prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes & high-end tiny house kits

...Urban densification reduces urban sprawl and makes use of existing infrastructure and public transportation. Vancouver has been following this philosophy with their Laneway House program for many years, to great success. A denser urban core means reduced fuel consumption in commuting, less congestion, and more affordab...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...urban densification helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and urban sprawl. That translates directly into cleaner air, more green space, and a genuine step towards limiting the impact of urban centres on our severely troubled climate. The inherent space limitations of backyard construction in dense urban areas brings...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...urban living: U.S. studies regarding the energy impact of population by location shows 55% of the energy consumed by a family living in a house in a suburban area is from travel. The figure drops to 26% for the same family living in the same house located in a neighborhood where work and key services can be accessed ...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...urban farming to installing renewable energy sources. 3. Eat local and get started in urban farming. Buying from food co-ops and shopping at farmers' markets promotes local food production, tastes better, and is better for you. The agricultural industry is a huge consumer of fossil fuels, not just transportation bu...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...transportation sectors. In contrast, Ontario is firing on all cylinders with this undertaking (that really was an unintentional pun) - committing to research and development, public transportation, sensible urban design, along with greater infrastructure and tax incentives for EV purchases.

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...urban density. It means easier access to the services you use, and it justifies improvements and expansions of public transportation. Vancouver SkyTrain Efficient public transportation combined with the absence of a major automobile artery into the city centre has tipped the scale away from cars when it comes t...

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

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

...transportation in terms of commuting by E bike as well as start-ups such as Sem-B Mobility electric on-demand buses offering more sustainable transit solutions. Many of the workplace, transportation and lifestyle trends we are seeing are very encouraging, as we seem to have inadvertently transitioned to a low-carbon ...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...transportation, bike lanes, encouraging laneway houses for urban density and requiring all new civic buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself a more rigorous building code than the national norm, and it is encouraging builders to take it even a step further by removing as many obstacles a...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...transportation in many parts of the developing world. Cycling is widely regarded as a very effective, efficient and environmentally low-impact mode of transportation and optimal for short to moderate distances. Bicycles provide numerous benefits in comparison with motorized vehicles, including the sustained physica...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...transportation and existing infrastructure such as water, sewage and hydro. LEED encourages condensed housing and building on infill lots which serves to protect green space and environmentally sensitive areas by slowing urban sprawl. Sustainable Sites (22 points) Any new construction will have an ecological impa...