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Cradle to Cradle: Recycling's cooler younger brother -
Making synthetic slate shingles that are reused and reused and reused

Cradle to Cradle: Recycling's cooler younger brother - Making synthetic slate shingles that are reused and reused and reused

What if you could take waste limestone, add in some recycled milk jugs & grocery bags, & make roof shingles that last 50 years & can eventually be melted down & remade into new shingles? That’s the whole idea behind Cradle to Cradle design & manufacturing ... MORE added: May. 23 15
Sunday May 24th - KW Repair Cafe May-2015 - 12PM-4PM - Where: KwartzLab, 33 Kent Ave, Kitchener

Sunday May 24th - KW Repair Cafe May-2015 - 12PM-4PM - Where: KwartzLab, 33 Kent Ave, Kitchener

Toss it? No Way! KW repair café is back this May. Bring your out of order appliances & electronics or broken furniture & clothes, our skilled volunteers will get them repaired for free. You can also watch & learn how to do repairing - REGISTER ... MORE added: Apr. 20 15
May 25-27 - The 2015 edition of the Solar Ontario Annual Regional Conference - Niagara Falls,Ontario

May 25-27 - The 2015 edition of the Solar Ontario Annual Regional Conference - Niagara Falls,Ontario

The 2015 edition of the Solar Ontario Annual Regional Conference is approaching fast. This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in being a part of the world's quickly-changing energy paradigm. ... MORE added: May. 06 15

Your Home Doesn't Matter for Tesla's Dream of a Battery-Powered Planet

Elon Musk has done something remarkable. He built a 220-pound battery to hang on the garage wall and convinced a huge number of people that owning one is a lifestyle choice—like having a compost bin in the garden and reusable diapers on the baby. But.... ... MORE added: May. 22 15

U.S. Energy Department Report evaluates the possibility for Wind Power in All 50 States

In support of the President’s all-of-the above energy strategy, Energy Sec. Ernest Moniz today announced release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide, a report showing how the U.S. can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states ... MORE added: May. 22 15

Canadian Solar (Guelph) Receives C$53.5 Million Non-Recourse Construction Loan

Canadian Solar announced that Natixis, New York Branch/Norddeutsche Landesbank Gironzentrale, New York Branch/Cooperative Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A./”Rabobank Nederland,” New York Branch will provide the company with up to C$53.5 Million ... MORE added: May. 21 15
Join us Saturday May 30, 2015 for the 8th annual ECOFest at Waterloo Region Museum! 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine! This is a great event and be sure to visit the CREW exhibit!

Join us Saturday May 30, 2015 for the 8th annual ECOFest at Waterloo Region Museum! 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine! This is a great event and be sure to visit the CREW exhibit!

This is a FREE event for everyone! A fun-filled day to celebrate our environment and learn to "reduce your footprint ... one step at a time." Check out the extensive list of highlights for all ages. ... MORE added: May. 04 15
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 is the NEXT CREW's GREEN DRINKS - See you there!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 is the NEXT CREW's GREEN DRINKS - See you there!

CREW has been joining up with members of KW GREEN DRINKS - ongoing, the first Tuesday of each month - Please JOIN US - 7:00-10:00 p.m., at the Barley Works, Huether Hotel, Waterloo, and get caught up on the latest discussions ... MORE added: May. 06 15

A solar future isn't just likely — it's inevitable

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power is eventually going to dominate global energy. The question is not if, but when. Maybe it will happen radically faster than anyone expects — say, by 2050. Or maybe it won't be until the year 3000, or later. But it'll happen. ... MORE added: May. 21 15
Canada announces climate commitment and it’s weaker than it looks

Canada announces climate commitment and it’s weaker than it looks

On Friday, Canada announced it will cut carbon pollution by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of this year’s international climate negotiations in Paris. While an improvement over the proposed target - is far weaker than pledges from the US and EU. ... MORE added: May. 21 15
LEED works: How a green building rating system transformed the construction industry

LEED works: How a green building rating system transformed the construction industry

Governments and developers love issuing press releases announcing the opening of shiny new schools, rec centres and office buildings. Chances are good these days that building will be LEED silver, gold or even platinum. ... MORE added: May. 21 15

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. ... MORE added: May. 21 15
Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Pembina reacts to Canada setting greenhouse gas emission targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

“Given Canada’s history of setting climate targets while failing to implement regulations to meet them, today’s announcement doesn’t mean much without a credible plan of action to back it up. Amin Asadollahi, oilsands director at the Pembina Institute, ... MORE added: May. 21 15

Wheels, Towers and Trees: Unconventional Renewable Energy Technologies in the Pipeline

A number of companies around the world are developing novel technologies in an effort to grab a slice of the global renewable energy market. Although many of these technologies are simple incremental improvements to established technologies such as sola ... MORE added: May. 21 15

GREEN INVESTING - Clean Energy ETFs Are on a Tear

Green investing used to be synonymous with losing money. But while the S&P 500 Index is up 2 percent this year, and the MSCI All-Country World Index is up 5 percent, clean energy ETFs have double-digit returns. ... MORE added: May. 21 15
100 groups call on Premier Wynne to protect the Great Lakes & stop OPG’s proposed nuclear waste dump in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone on the shore of Lake Huron.

100 groups call on Premier Wynne to protect the Great Lakes & stop OPG’s proposed nuclear waste dump in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone on the shore of Lake Huron.

This is the news release, and here's the Open Letter. Ontario Power Generation is proposing to bury 200,000 cubic metres of radioactive wastes produced during reactor operations deep underground in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone ... MORE added: May. 21 15

Your Netflix addiction is screwing the climate

You recycle. You ride your bike to work. You bring your own bags to the grocery. You might think you’re a good environmentalist. But those cat videos, TED talks, and Netflix original series you watch to unwind might be slowly killing the planet. ... MORE added: May. 21 15

Greenpeace sails with First Nations to oppose Arctic oil tankers

A massive Greenpeace ship will depart the Port of Vancouver on Tuesday with a cross-Canada Aboriginal delegation. The delegation seeks to raise alarm about the potential surge in US oil tankers set to ply past British Columbia’s coastlines in the future ... MORE added: May. 21 15

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Last week, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80% cut by 2050 they committed to in 2009 & significantly higher than US ... MORE added: May. 21 15

Obama: Climate change poses “immediate risk” to national security

President Barack Obama had a strong message for graduates of the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on Wednesday, and all the rest of us too: Global warming is a major security threat. ... MORE added: May. 21 15