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Natural Capital and Why it Matters

Healthy ecosystems provide fertile soil, clean water and air, as well as natural resources such as timber and food. They help protect us from floods and the spread of diseases and also help moderate complex climate and hydrological systems. These and other “ecosystem services” are fundamental to our survival. Natural capital is the land, air, […]

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Improving Health by Design

When the discussion of how the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will grow and adapt to the changes to urban form and the built environment, one topic of conversation always arises; designing healthy and complete communities. But the active transportation conversation is not just relevant for urbanists or environmentalists, but rather, to the general public […]

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Oakville’s Sustainable Building Designs

The town of Oakville has been making headlines recently for the town’s transit building receiving a LEED Silver certification from Canada’s Green Building Council. Started in 1993, LEED is an acronym that stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” which is a rating systems that determines a building’s “design, construction, operation, and maintenance.” This […]

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Natural Capital and it’s Importance to Canada’s Economy

As Canadians, we’re lucky to live in such a country that has an abundance of natural resources. And as Canadians, we’re fortunate enough to be able to revel in our natural resources through various recreational activities (such as camping, portaging, mountain climbing, etc.). To prove this, here are some key facts about Canada’s natural resources […]

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Have You Pledged Your Support Yet?

If you had an extra 32 minutes a day, how would you spend it? That’s the question being asked by the Your32 Campaign. Even though our population numbers in the GTHA has increased dramatically, increases in our transportation options haven’t . Led by the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance, the Your 32 Campaign hopes to […]

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Utilizing Green Energy: The U.K. and Wind Energy

When one thinks of the United Kingdom, many images come to mind. Images of London’s tube, the country’s many villages with their quaint homes, and the recent London Olympics. But now, another image should come to mind when we talk about our neighbours across the pond. Meet the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind […]

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Ohita: Clean Air On The Go For Commuters

For city dwellers, commuting can often be a stressful experience – overcrowding, transit delays, traffic, are just some of the issues commuters face. But one of the biggest issues that city dwellers experience when commuting is poor air quality. Enter the Ohita, a portable air purifier, designed by industrial design student Jorge Alberto Treviño Blanco. […]

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Doors Open to Reducing Our Ecological Footprint….

Throughout the year, but especially in the coming summer and fall months, Ontario communities host Doors Open events that allow folks to explore normally hidden away cultural architectural gems within their community. During Doors Open days, buildings that are normally closed to the public or charge an entrance fee, allow visitors to come in and […]

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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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