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Solar powered home gives back to grid

View the video here on your mobile device. In 2009, the home of the Hurston Family in Cocoa, Florida suffered irreparable water damage. For months they struggled to rebuild. We were in the process of putting our home back together slowly and methodically. We had very limited funds to do it. Damage was much greater [...]

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Green drivers eligible for SGI rebates

Go Green rebate can lower insurance bills by 20 percent for fuel-vehicle owners

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Earth Day 2011

View the video here on your mobile device. Celebrate earth day! Visit the earth day canada website for earth day activities in your area.   Print

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BP oil spill one year later

View the video here on your mobile device. The images from the BP Oil spill are still fresh in the minds of North Americans and with the one year anniversary on April 20 approaching, where does Louisiana stand today? The spill released approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil just off Louisiana’s coast, threatening two of [...]

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Guide to holding green and sustainable meetings

According to the United Nations Environment Program, more than 80 million people around the world attend a meeting, conference or trade show every year. The average meeting produces 20 pounds of garbage per person each day. The average conference delegate produces 61 pounds of solid waste and produces 1,418 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions – [...]

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Green drivers eligible for auto insurance discount from RSA and BCAA

British Columbia drivers who have made a “green” choice may be able to benefit from a new discount on their optional insurance. RSA, underwriter for BCAA’s Advantage Auto optional vehicle insurance, and BCAA are offering a 5 percent discount for insureds who drive a fuel efficient vehicle, as recognized by Natural Resource Canada’s ecoENERGY for [...]

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Top 10 Canadian cities leading the fight against climate change

On Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 P.M. (local time), households across the world will power down for an hour, turning off their lights to recognize Earth Hour. On Earth Hour in 2010, 1.3 billion people in 128 countries and territories – including 10 million Canadians in over 300 communities – took part. This year, the [...]

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Alberta to triple oilsands liability fund eventually

The Alberta government says it will triple the financial guarantees it gets from oilsands companies to protect taxpayers from being stuck with cleanup bills. But critics say the approach still leaves the public exposed to billions of dollars in risk during a mine’s early years. “There’s a short-term risk under this policy,” Nathan Lemphers, an [...]

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Are you breathing toxic air?

View the video here on your mobile device. Narrator: A recent report by the American Lung Association confirms what public health officials across North America have long known, coal power plants are expelling deadly pollutants. David MacIntosh, the principal scientist involved in the research, talks to ilstv about the report’s key findings. David MacIntosh: Coal [...]

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Offsetters reducing carbon emissions one organization at a time

View the video here on your mobile device. Narrator: Their mission is to promote a shift to a low carbon future by helping clients to understand, reduce, and offset their greenhouse gas emissions. And they’ve done this for clients such as Groupe Aeroplan and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee.  Kari Grist, Senior Vice President [...]

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Sun Life Financial named one of the most sustainable global corporations

Sun Life Financial Inc. has been named as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, coming in at number 56. The 2011 Global 100 includes companies from 22 countries encompassing all sectors of the economy, with collective annual sales in excess of $3 trillion and five million employees. Sun Life Financial [...]

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CAA online tool lets drivers compare eco friendly cars

A new web-based tool released today by the Canadian Automobile Association allows consumers to easily compare the price, fuel economy and environmental impact of new vehicles, so they can make a more informed purchasing decision. “We know Canadians care about the environment, but that the cost of more environmentally-friendly vehicles is also a concern,” said [...]

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One-third of Gen-Y would quit job with environmentally irresponsible employer

Despite facing the first extreme financial recession of their adult lives fueled with fears of job safety and economic uncertainty, Canadian Gen-Yers have not lost their altruistic faith entirely, according to a recent survey.  In fact, 77 per cent agree that it’s important for their company to be environmentally-friendly with one-third reporting that they would [...]

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Manulife arranges $117 million in financing for Ontario wind farm

Manulife Financial announced the completion of a $117 million financing with International Power Canada (IPC) for the construction and long term operation of a 48.6 megawatt (MW) wind farm in south-western Ontario. Manulife formed and led a syndicate of Canadian life insurance companies to provide a total $117 million in construction and term loans for [...]

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Syncrude to pay $3M in penalties for death of ducks on tailings pond

Syncrude Canada will have to pay a total of $3 million in penalties for causing the deaths of 1,600 ducks in a tailings pond at its northern Alberta oilsands mine. The penalty was suggested in a joint sentencing submission from the company and Crown lawyers that was accepted by Judge Ken Tjosveld. Syncrude was found [...]

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Desjardins encourages workers to start an eco-friendly commute

Desjardins Group has adopted an alternative transportation program to encourage its employees to avoid traveling alone by car when commuting between work and home or for local or regional business travel. Through this initiative, Desjardins hopes to encourage the use of public transportation (train, bus, subway), carpooling, walking and biking. This spring, Desjardins hosted activities [...]

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Manitoba wants to see how well low speed electric vehicle works in harsh climate

The Manitoba government wants to see how well low-speed electric vehicles work in the middle of a Winnipeg winter. The province has entered a partnership with the University of Winnipeg to test one of the utility machines around the school’s downtown campus. Energy and Mines minister Dave Chomiak says the province is interested in seeing [...]

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Hybrid vehicles have a 6.5% higher average claim severity

In its feature “Are Hybrids as Green When it Comes to Their Claims Costs?”, Mitchell International, Inc., a provider of information, workflow and performance management solutions to the Property & Casualty claims and Collision Repair industries, found that hybrid vehicles are a more costly risk for insurers. “Mitchell’s in-depth, multi-year data shows that hybrids have [...]

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