The term Passive House, or as it was originally coined in German Passivhaus, refers to a rigorous, yet voluntary, standard for constructing energy efficient buildings, with a minimal ecological footprint. Adhering to the Passive House building standard results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. … [Read more...] about The future of home construction: Passive House
Have you taken the challenge? Plastic Free July is a environmental challenge originating from Australia, but which is available to pledge around the world. The challenge runs the entire month of July, and is simple, “Choose to refuse single-use plastics during July”. Sounds easy, right? Well, in one word; yes. The challenge is easy, but you’re going to want to come prepared. … [Read more...] about Plastic Free July: Take the challenge
My first introduction to mangroves occurred in Vietnam in 2007, when my mother and I toured the Mekong river. In 2009, I volunteered for an organization in Honduras and was once again struck by the beauty of the mangrove ecosystems. Little did I know that I would be working in the Honduran mangroves three years later. … [Read more...] about How Can Mangrove Restoration Be Successful?
With 795 million people living in a state of food insecurity and greenhouse gasses relentlessly on the rise, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here by saying that food surplus waste is one of the world’s dumbest problems. Annually in Canada alone, 31 billion dollars worth of food finds its way into the trash. When the numbers and stakes are so high, solutions don’t often … [Read more...] about Smartphone Application Engages the Sharing Economy, Connecting People to Food
I run a sailing school in the summers, and one thing that I always struggle with is freezies and popsicles. We have a canteen where we sell treats as a fundraiser for our sailing school, but there is just so much garbage from them! … [Read more...] about Freezie/Popsicle Alternatives