Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, the pioneering sustainability educator who heads up Ecovillage Education US, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. She believes strongly that sustainability is possible, assuming we can learn to cooperate, share and assess what really makes us happy, rather than staying bought in to the material excess culture we’ve been raised in.
Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 18 November 2016
Brockville should not hire an “embedded energy manager,” but it can still save money on energy by monitoring consumption better, say consultants hired by city hall to look into the matter.
A report by the consulting firm Energy Performance Services (EPS) suggests the city spend more than $83,000 to upgrade monitoring at the water and sewer plants, adding this would eventually yield more than $32,000 in annual energy savings.
City officials will decide next year whether to follow through on the recommendation.
I must admit that our transition away from fossil fuels isn’t complete. Much of what we buy — including a great deal of our food and even the energy-saving equipment we’ve installed in our home — is produced and shipped using fossil fuel energy. We can and will take further steps to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, but life altogether independent of them may not be possible in our economy without full withdrawal from it and a return to the kind of lifestyle that existed before the Industrial Revolution. Lee and I are incredibly pleased, though, with what we’ve accomplished. Reducing our carbon footprint has been a major emotional boost for us. We value knowing that our home is powered by solar energy that we, ourselves, collect, and that the good Earth shares its heat in winter and accepts our heat in summer by way of our geothermal system. Many people in our community have visited our home to check out our systems and ask us questions as they get started taking steps to cut their own carbon footprints. It’s immensely gratifying to be that example for others.
Ministry of Economic Development and Growth / 08 November 2016
Ontario is launching a new program to help small- and medium-sized businesses reduce emissions and become more energy efficient.
The SMART Green program, a partnership between the government and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), is designed to assist businesses to invest in equipment and process upgrades including high-efficiency ovens, dryers, kilns and furnaces.
Upgrades will improve the competitiveness of Ontario’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers, help to reduce their energy consumption, save them money, and help Ontario meet its targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction.
Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow, Greg Keenan / 16 May 2016
The Ontario government will spend more than $7-billion over four years on a sweeping climate change plan that will affect every aspect of life – from what people drive to how they heat their homes and workplaces – in a bid to slash the province’s carbon footprint.
Ontario will begin phasing out natural gas for heating, provide incentives to retrofit buildings and give rebates to drivers who buy electric vehicles. It will also require that gasoline sold in the province contain less carbon, bring in building code rules requiring all new homes by 2030 to be heated with electricity or geothermal systems, and set a target for 12 per cent of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2025.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the province will provide $10 million over four years to the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).
Industry and academic researchers are collaborating through CUTRIC to develop next-generation transportation technologies to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes R&D on new technologies such as lightweighting materials and autonomous software leading to demonstration and commercialization. This investment is part of the province’s Climate Change Strategy, supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.
CUTRIC is also partnering with Brampton Transit to lead the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration Trial, a large-scale demonstration trial of zero-emission buses by seven transit agencies. The project will also involve a number of partners from transit agencies to utilities and bus manufacturers to demonstrate how electric buses can help the province meet its GHG emissions targets.
What the Transition movement does incredibly well is small-scale experiments which are practical, which resonate with local people, which look as if they’re doable, and that can engage people at a practical and meaningful level. It connects up the big issues and the local issues and shows you that change can happen at a local level.
Our own survival depends on the stability of the intricate and complex interactions of various ecosystems within the biosphere. Keep pulling threads out of that tapestry and sooner or later it all unravels.
— Comment by Fred Magyar, RobertScribbler.com (02 March 2015)