Greening With Gratitude

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Canada's Greenest Home - Results are in!

Posted by madayerf on April 2, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2012, Chris Magwood et al from the Endeavour Centre began to build Canada's greenest home in Peterborough Ontario.  It has been running for a few years now, so they have been able to measure just how it has performed the last few years.  Check it out:

More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Ottawa?

Posted by madayerf on June 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Myself and some members of the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa are looking to add another public charging station to Ottawa's network and we are looking for where a good spot would be.  To have your say please fill out this survey (3 questions):

Also, here is how the responses have come i...

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Solar Coops and Such

Posted by madayerf on October 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I've come across some innovative cooperative/business models that many of you may be aware of that I wanted to pass along.  

Firstly,  I came across something quite similar to greening with gratitude as a revolving seed fund for solar systems in the states called RE-volv. Targetting community centres, RE-volv reinvests solar lease collections into its seed fund to build more solar.

Secondly, the...

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Electric Highway: Pay It Forward Style

Posted by madayerf on September 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, my newest endeavour has been in electric vehicle charging stations for public use.  I came across a pay it forward campaign from Sun Country, who has installed a cross Canada network of level 2 chargers. (see here).  Now that I drive an EV I am looking at meeting other drivers and adding new ones where we actually use/need them.  

Not often do you come across a green pay it forward...

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$10,000 reached

Posted by madayerf on August 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Well I've made it past the $10,000 mark for the amount I have saved through green choices!  I'd say my goal of finding the place where green stuff and money stuff make sense has become established in my life.  At this point I thought I would share a few of the updates as to what I'm working on now.

I just moved to an apartment with a balcony so I am using some of my green fund to start a balcony garden and am thinking of getting a tum...

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Unburnable Carbon and Divestment

Posted by madayerf on March 25, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I came across a few ideas recently which if combined can create positive change:

        1) If we burn the known coal, oil and gas reserves it will produce 5 times more CO2 than what we can allow to prevent global warming above 2 degrees celcius. This can also affect the stock market as many stocks are valued on reserves, which if they cannot be burned, they will lose their value thus creating a "carbon bubble" (see

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Reflections on...podcast (I'm famous!)

Posted by madayerf on March 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I was pleased to present at a recent networking meeting for the National Capital Environmental Non-Profit Network (NCENN) on the greening with gratitude and Ottawa green homes websites.  At the meeting was a fellow named Mark who recorded the presentation and posted it on his environmental podcast called

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The Nature of Things - The Oilsands

Posted by madayerf on March 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well...I try to stay positive and focus on solutions, but sometimes you need a good look at what the problems are.  Every once in a while though I succumb to a documentary on the oilsands and I thought I would share this one.  It is particularily touchy because for me it touches on climate change ignorance, the abuse of first nations, pollution of a dwindling glacier fed river and more.  Not a pretty picture but I'm still better for having watched it

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OSEA Municipal Financing Webinar

Posted by madayerf on February 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

If you didnt have a chance to hear the webinar from Ontario Sustainable Energy Association about Municipal Financing check out their whitepages on the presentation.  In short it was a look at Halifax's Solar City program that allowed for Local Improvement Charges to be used to finance solar thermal systems.  In the same way the LIC's are used for neighborhoods to pay for local upgrades like r...

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Renewable Heat Workshop Highlights

Posted by madayerf on February 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I was glad to attend the Renewable Heat Workshop in Toronto.  This was the first joint effort between CANSIA (Canadian Solar Industries Association) and the CGC (Canadian GeoExchange Coalition).  Considering that I have gone for training for both solar and geothermal, this workshop was right up my alley!  I stayed at the Planet Traveler Hostel, which features solar thermal, pv and geothermal, in the spirit of the ...

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