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Monday, October 21, 2013

National Parks Experience Shutdown

Now that the shutdown in the US is over, National Parks Rangers and Staff offer a striking view of their parks and the experience of being told to keep people out.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Solar Hot Water is Coming!

It's been a long time since I've done any updates on this blog. I am so pleased to see that there is still regular traffic here, looking at some of the old projects and some of the ideas that get shared around.

After a long wait, my hot water solar system is going to be installed in the next few weeks. I've very excited about this and will definitely do some special posts about it. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I think I should probably be reading Solar Power Your Home For Dummies so that I know what to expect. Probably a little more DIY what than what I have planned, but it might be good nonetheless.

Do any of you have experience with hot water solar? Any tips for a newbie?

All the best! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sustainability Leadership Certificate for Employees

It's been a while since I've had a chance to post anything here, so I thought I'd give a little update.

Last Friday, I was one of the first ten recipients of Dalhousie's Sustainability Leadership Certificate who presented their projects and received their certificates from Rochelle Owen, Dal's Sustainability Guru. It was a fun project and series of classes over the summer and I strongly recommend it to anyone who works at Dal when it is run next!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Could a New Can Change Everything?

A new can design, specifically one that uses a micron-thin polymer, could dramatically change the environmental footprint for drinking cans everywhere.

As seen in this article at environmentalleader.com, the 2011Can of the Year Award winner changes a lot of the way cans are made and subsequently, the number of chemicals and processes involved in their manufacture. Clearly a step in the right direction!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Cloud Computing and Carbon Footprint

Spotted an interesting article on the cloud and its carbon footprint on the weekend. Have a look for yourself!

The cloud and your firm’s carbon footprint

The school of thought that cloud computing can help businesses globally reduce their carbon footprint needs to move from notion to fact...
From Silicon Republic.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Tonight: The Oil Sands: Economic Saviour or Environmental Disaster?

From Dal's Sustainability News:
A reminder to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to hear Dr. David Schindler (Killam Memorial professor of ecology at the University of Alberta), this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Potter Auditorium, Rowe Management Building, 6100 University Avenue. 

David is arguably the most prominent ecologist in Canada and the most outspoken scientific voice on the oil sands development. With all the recent attention on insufficient environmental impact assessments and the controversy around the proposed keystone pipeline, this is a timely topic. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tonight:Counter Culture or Consumer Culture?

Dalhousie Green Week Keynote Lecture: Andrew Potter ESS (Environment, Sustainability and Society)

Thursday Night Lecture Series Co-sponsored with DSUSO (Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office)

Andrew Potter is a Canadian philosopher, author, and magazine columnist, best-known for co-authoring The Rebel Sell: How the Culture Can’t Be Jammed (2004), with Joseph Heath. He was the national news editor for the Ottawa Citizen for nearly three years, and is now a public affairs columnist for Maclean’s and a features editor for Canadian Business.

7 p.m. Ondaatje Auditorium, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
Free of charge. Open to the public. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. 

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