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Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 9:30am to 4pm - ECOfest at the Waterloo Region Museum at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 9:30am to 4pm - ECOfest at the Waterloo Region Museum at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener

Interactive Exhibit at ECOFest - ClimateActionWR has a treat for the families in our community! Save the date and look for us to present a ‘fun for all ages’ way to explore how our choices impact our carbon footprint. ... MORE added: May. 03 16
Saturday, May 28 - Getting serious about saving electricity at home - Doors Open: 1:00 pm - Presentation / Tour / Q&A: 1:30- 2 p.m. - Open House: 2 to 5 pm 
REEP House for Sustainable Living, Mill St. Kitchener

Saturday, May 28 - Getting serious about saving electricity at home - Doors Open: 1:00 pm - Presentation / Tour / Q&A: 1:30- 2 p.m. - Open House: 2 to 5 pm REEP House for Sustainable Living, Mill St. Kitchener

How you can reduce your electricity use at home by taking a closer look at the green features and displays at the REEP House for Sustainable Living such as our remote vacancy sensors and dimmer, whole home off switch, our cutting edge refrigerator ... MORE added: May. 16 16
Coming Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 4:30 p.m. Pacific - 6 p.m. Eastern PANEL DISCUSSION - The Attractiveness Index: How to Make Canada a Top Destination for Renewable Energy Investment - 11 Colonel By Drive, The Westin Hotel, Ottawa, ON

Coming Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 4:30 p.m. Pacific - 6 p.m. Eastern PANEL DISCUSSION - The Attractiveness Index: How to Make Canada a Top Destination for Renewable Energy Investment - 11 Colonel By Drive, The Westin Hotel, Ottawa, ON

A shift in clean energy capital flow is forcing global markets to evolve and adapt—and those who don't risk getting left behind. REGISTER NOW ... MORE added: May. 12 16
Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm - Climate Justice & Indigenous Allyship - What Does It Mean? How Do We Get There? Board and Senate Chambers at Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave West, Waterloo - GET EARLY BIRD TICKETS BEFORE MAY 20

Saturday, June 11th, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm - Climate Justice & Indigenous Allyship - What Does It Mean? How Do We Get There? Board and Senate Chambers at Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Ave West, Waterloo - GET EARLY BIRD TICKETS BEFORE MAY 20

As faith communities, we can not ignore the horrific wrongs visited on Indigenous peoples by religious entities. We talk about Truth and Reconciliation and reparation and yet, what are we doing to right these wrongs? Tickets are available now. ... MORE added: May. 07 16
Today, the Globe and Mail released the full details of Ontario's Climate Change Plan.

Today, the Globe and Mail released the full details of Ontario's Climate Change Plan.

The plan reveals the government will spend more than $7-B over 4 years on an expansive climate change initiative, affect every aspect of life for Ontarians, from what people drive to how they heat their homes, attempting to drastically reduce emissions ... MORE added: May. 16 16
Ontario rEVs Up Support for Electric Vehicles - May 16, 2016 - Potential $285 Million for Electric Vehicles

Ontario rEVs Up Support for Electric Vehicles - May 16, 2016 - Potential $285 Million for Electric Vehicles

Hot off the heels of a $20 million investment in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, Ontario continues its relentless drive toward a low-carbon economy with a potential $7 billion climate plan package. ... MORE added: May. 16 16

One in seven new BMWs sold in the US is an electric vehicle

Electric vehicles are making up an ever-increasing percentage of BMW's sales, both here in the US & worldwide, according to a statement released by the company on Friday. In April in the US, the BMW i3, i8, and X5 xDrive 40e accounted for just under 15% ... MORE added: May. 16 16
Unwavering resistance

Unwavering resistance

For the past 12 days, thousands of people on six continents have stepped up their commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground with courageous actions that have challenged business as usual across the globe. ... MORE added: May. 16 16
This week: Major oil companies appear to be finally dropping serious coin into low-carbon energy, the United States tops the clean-power investment podium again, and Alberta runs spellcheck on the plan that will ultimately purge coal from its wires.

This week: Major oil companies appear to be finally dropping serious coin into low-carbon energy, the United States tops the clean-power investment podium again, and Alberta runs spellcheck on the plan that will ultimately purge coal from its wires.

Perhaps it was the crushingly low oil prices—or maybe it was the skyrocketing worldwide growth of renewable energy—but a string of recent low-carbon investments by major oil producers suggests serious change is afoot. ... MORE added: May. 16 16
Setting The Record Straight On Ontario’s Green Energy Plan

Setting The Record Straight On Ontario’s Green Energy Plan

I’ve worked for many years on environment and energy policy in Ontario, and one of my greatest frustrations is how the story of this province’s shift from polluting fossil fuels to clean renewables has become twisted. ... MORE added: May. 16 16
Ain’t nothing like the real thing — but virtual reality comes close

Ain’t nothing like the real thing — but virtual reality comes close

When I first heard about virtual reality, I was invited to put on the goggles and experience it. Crude as those first images were compared to what’s available now, I was immersed in the scenes. It was impressive and exciting, but I suggested that people ... MORE added: May. 13 16

Nissan, Eaton to Release Residential Energy Storage Product ‘xStorage’

Nissan and power management provider Eaton on May 10 said they are working together to release a new residential energy storage system that they claim will be “the most affordable in the market today.” ... MORE added: May. 13 16

Enbridge Grows EU Offshore Wind Portfolio With $218M Purchase

Enbridge Inc., the pipeline operator hunting for European renewable energy investments, is bulking up its offshore wind assets by acquiring stakes from DONG Energy A/S in three farms located off France’s coast for C$282 million ($218 million). ... MORE added: May. 12 16
Pickering’s future is in your hands - Is keeping one of the world’s oldest nuclear plants operating for another 12 years – smack dab in the middle of 2 million people – a good idea?

Pickering’s future is in your hands - Is keeping one of the world’s oldest nuclear plants operating for another 12 years – smack dab in the middle of 2 million people – a good idea?

In our new 5 minute video, former Ontario Power Generation (OPG) nuclear scientist Dr. Frank Greening explains the risks of keeping Pickering operating for another decade. ... MORE added: May. 11 16
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 12:30pm - Blue Dot is hosting an important meeting about environmental rights in Ontario — and we need you there - Kitchener Public Library Central Branch, 85 Queen St North, Kitchener

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 12:30pm - Blue Dot is hosting an important meeting about environmental rights in Ontario — and we need you there - Kitchener Public Library Central Branch, 85 Queen St North, Kitchener

Join us on June 11th for an important meeting that will help inspire our local MPPs to stand with Blue Dot in support of strengthening provincial legislation and our right to a healthy environment - FREE w light refreshments - RSVP ... MORE added: May. 17 16

Financing Renewables in Alberta’s Merchant Market

Renewables financing under Alberta’s new procurement program is both an exciting and daunting prospect. Equity and debt providers have traditionally shied away from merchant projects in the renewables sector, but on the whole, are enthusiastic ... MORE added: May. 11 16

Santa Monica Approves Solar Requirement for New Construction

The City Council of Santa Monica, Calif., voted last week to approve an ordinance requiring rooftop solar systems for all new construction in the City of Santa Monica — both residential and commercial. ... MORE added: May. 10 16

Climate change is the Fort McMurray fire link no one wants to talk about: Walkom

To say that the inhabitants of Fort McMurray brought this disaster on themselves is dead wrong, writes Thomas Walkom, but to say that climate change played a role is not. ... MORE added: May. 11 16

OPINION: Hey deniers, why are you against clean air?

So to climate change deniers, I have to ask the question: If you aren't convinced climate change is a real thing, do you at least breathe air? ... MORE added: May. 11 16
Sunday, June 12th, 2016 2-4pm - Celebration of Life for Peter Paul Kofler - a fellow CREW member - August 24 1959 to February 19, 2016 - in Peter's garden 142 Carson Dr., Kitchener

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 2-4pm - Celebration of Life for Peter Paul Kofler - a fellow CREW member - August 24 1959 to February 19, 2016 - in Peter's garden 142 Carson Dr., Kitchener

Let's get together and share some special memories. Fellow CREW members will recall many special discussions with Peter who shared our passion for promoting conservation and renewable energy. RSVP ... MORE added: May. 07 16