Red Squirrel Conservation Services / 19 January 2016
The big topics floating around our office include green infrastructure (which reduces stormwater runoff and flooding), energy conservation in residential and commercial buildings, and indoor air quality.
Red Squirrel is also excited to announce a new initiative designed to help reduce the impacts of urban flooding. RAIN Garden Groundbreakers is a project spearheaded by our friends at Green Communities Canada. Red Squirrel will deliver the program in Kingston. Over the next two years, we’ll work with the City of Kingston to identify neighbourhoods that will benefit from rainwater harvesting and infiltration landscaping, which allows rainwater to soak into the ground instead of running off into sewers (or into basements)! The objective is to involve people from the community to solve serious drainage problems in one or two areas. The Groundbreakers project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Worried about rising energy costs? We thought so. Fortunately, Red Squirrel still has expert staff who perform a variety of home energy evaluations that can help you reduce your energy consumption. Our crystal ball hasn’t revealed whether a new version of the late, great and hugely popular ECOenergy program (which offered government rebates for home energy-efficiency upgrades) is in the works, but we’re hoping for it! In the meantime, we’d love to see the City of Kingston adopt a Local Improvement Charge program to help local homeowners pay for energy conservation and water conservation measures on their property. Check out what Toronto is doing!
Finally, have you tested your home for radon? If you haven’t, you should. Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that can seep into your basement from the surrounding soil. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada! On October 2015, Red Squirrel hosted its first RADON AWARENESS event. If you missed it, stay tuned. We’ll be hosting more of them in 2016!