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Green is good for women’s health, Harvard study concludes

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A couple of things happened last week that highlight the maturing of the green building movement in Canada. Toronto condominium developer Tridel was named Green Builder of the Year at the annual Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) Awards. It was the seventh time Tridel was given the honour. Also last week, the Canada Green Building Council celebrated a new milestone, announcing that more than 1,000 buildings in Canada had achieved LEED Gold certification. LEED projects in Canada have now cumulatively reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1 million tonnes, the equivalent of taking nearly 240,000 cars off the roads each year. Sustainable or “green” building is now expected, ... Read More »

Charge cell phones on house plants: start-up creates electricity from photosynthesis

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If photosynthesis is powerful enough to grow a tree 300 feet tall, can it also power a cell phone charger? Yes, it can, say some university student/entrepreneurs from Spain whose company, Arkyne Technologies, specializes in renewable energy. Using the brand name Bioo, the Spaniards are currently raising money via Indiegogo to finance development of their electricity-generating plant pots. According to the team, a single small house plant can generate enough power to charge your phone, using a regular USB charging port, three times a day. A whole garden full of their Bioo Lite devices could power the average person’s home, they claim. Energy, as the company says, has never been ... Read More »

Quebec considers mandatory EV charging stations in all new homes

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Quebec is poised to become the first jurisdiction in Canada to make 240V electric vehicle charging stations mandatory in new housing construction. The government is studying the matter and said it would announce a decision by the end of the summer. The objective is to boost sales of electric vehicles by reducing the cost of chargers for the public. It is projected that the move would add about $400 to the cost of the average home, including single-family houses and condos, much less than purchasing a charger post-construction, when it can cost around $1,500. Speaking of the added cost, Quebec’s transportation minister appeared to minimize it, suggesting that people will ... Read More »

Recycle My Cell urges Canadians to recycle cell phones this Earth Day

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Are you like many people, wishing you could do something concrete to help our planet but unsure about what you can do? Here’s something you can do that’s simple and effective, and your life will be a little less cluttered as a result. Recycle your old cell phone(s). It’s Earth Day on Friday, April 22, and the people who run Recycle My Cell, Canada’s free cell phone recycling program, suggest that it’s the perfect time to get rid of those unused phones lying in cupboards and drawers all over the country. We know they’re out there, millions of them. Last year, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) conducted a nationwide ... Read More »

Toronto-based smart thermostat maker seeks to conquer the world

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It must have seemed like a Blackberry moment for the founder of Toronto-based ecobee and his team. In 2009, the start-up, an early client of the MaRS Discovery District, launched the world’s first Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat. Its main competitor at the time was Honeywell, which had a commanding 60 per cent share in the non-smart home thermostat market. Ecobee founder Stuart Lombard has said that from the beginning, the ecobee, which was the only product of its kind at the time, was “kicking Honeywell’s butt.” And then, in 2012, along came the Nest, created by a former Apple executive and backed by none other than the gigantic and all-devouring Google. ... Read More »

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