Archive | 2012

My Sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Part 5: Leadership at Every Level

When writing this blog, the focus is almost always on finished projects and highly visible actions. I’ve always felt that these projects are a great thing to highlight, but sometimes I feel that this blog runs the risk of ignoring all the hard work that goes in to making these projects happen. In truth, every […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Day 4 – Great, Green downtown Georgetown

After seeing the great work that’s been done on Devereaux house, I was pretty excited to see what was next on my little tour of Halton Hills.  I was eagerly anticipating our next stop, and it really delivered in a big way. Downtown Georgetown is an absolute gem in the GTHA: historic storefronts, charming shops […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Day 3: Heritage and Sustainability together at Devereaux House

In addition to having such a strong connection to their natural heritage, the people of Halton Hills are also fortunate to have an abundance of cultural heritage in their town as well.  One of the best examples of where that cultural heritage has been preserved and updated for the enjoyment of future generations is the […]

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My sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Day 2: Wild Willow Park!

Nestled in the middle of Halton Hills is the Willow Park Ecology Centre, a beautiful little hidden gem.  It sits upon the bank of the creek, features abundant natural vegetation, a beautiful bridge, and fantastic learning opportunities for kids and adults alike.  Willow Park is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and staff who […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Halton Hills Day 1: Trekking Through Trails!

Located North of Oakville, bisected by the Niagara Escarpment and nestled within Ontario’s Greenbelt, The Town of Halton Hills is a municipality defined as much by its beautiful natural landscapes as by its friendly townsfolk, so I was very excited to get out there and explore all it had to offer.  It was late Summer […]

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Making Green by Going Green: the Clean Air Partnership’s Green Economy Summit

On a rainy October morning, leaders from all over the GTHA filed into Toronto’s City Council chambers to discuss issues of the environment and issues of the pocketbook. Politicians, municipal staff, business leaders, representatives of NGOs, students and interested citizens filled council chambers to hear inspirational tales of sustainable businesses turning massive profits and to […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Part 6: Hurricane Hazel Goes Electric

There’s noticeable butterflies in my stomach. I haven’t been this nervous about meeting someone for quite some time, but then again, I haven’t met anyone as instantly recognizable as her since I ran into Rick Mercer back in my University days. I’m about to have a sit-down with the GTHA’s rock star, the indomitable Mayor […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Day 5: Going Car Free in Mississauga

Whew! It’s already been a whirlwind tour through Mississauga, seeing everything from their exciting new transit plans to their built-to-LEED Silver standards Garry W. Morden Centre to the amazing O’Connor Park, and now it comes down to the final day. Now my original plan was to write about Mississauga’s new AutoShare Program, their electric vehicle […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga, Day 4: O’Connor Park

Ok, I have to admit it. After my amazing trip to the Garry W. Morden Centre, seeing fire training facilities and places where they stage major propane explosions, heading to a park seemed a bit ho-hum. But as soon as I showed up to O’Connor park, I knew that it wasn’t just any park I […]

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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Day 3: Fire Fighting Goes green

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I have written about Fire Stations before, and with good reason. They’re in every single municipality, they’re occupied more than normal municipal buildings, and they have the potential to incorporate significant water, energy and money saving design features. In Mississauga, the City has taken the idea […]

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