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Five birds, one stone: Improved transportation in Ontario

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 15, 2015

Five of Ontario's biggest challenges could be simultaneously addressed just by improving transportation across the GTA

The adage ‘two birds with one stone’ is a bit outdated with the decline of hunting, and really, who uses a sling shot today? But the...

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UOIT Event: Post-COP21 Breakfast Briefing and Electric Vehicle Workshop

Posted by Michelle Cholak on December 10, 2015

Climate change - glacier melting

On Thursday, January 7, 2016, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) are hosting a...

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We'll always have Paris

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 09, 2015

Paris, November 2015

Two weeks ago, in a Paris café not unlike La Belle Equipe where 19 people died during the terrorist attacks of November 13, I sat with...

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Lost and Found: Thank you Maurice Strong

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 07, 2015

Maurice Strong, a Canadian businessman and environmentalist who served as the founding executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, passed away at the age of 86.

Everyone has a special spot, a place they feel most at home; their querencia. For Maurice Strong it was Lost Lake and his ‘cabin’ near...

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Banting and Best for Canada?

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 09, 2015

Frederick Banting (right) with Charles H. Best, ca. 1924

Quick: name the world’s largest diabetes company. It should be Canadian right? After all it was Frederick Banting and Charles Best at the...

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A call to arms: Report by world's largest oil and gas development company says climate change is irrefutable

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 04, 2015

SBC Energy Report

What if Smith and Wesson or Remington Arms wrote a report calling for gun control? Or Philip Morris suggested the banning of cigarettes; would we...

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Canada and the Seven Cs

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 23, 2015

Canada’s seven largest cities (urban regions) – Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg – are among the best managed in the world.

Canada’s incoming Liberal government campaigned on a program of support to cities and new infrastructure spending. There are several ways to...

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Giving Thanks

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 06, 2015

Toronto

October 10, Thanksgiving Day, 2050. An open letter to the people of Toronto in 2015, Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time to pause and reflect on...

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Looking before I Leap

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 16, 2015

Rock jumping

A colleague – actually more than a colleague, a kindred spirit in this sustainability business – sent me ‘The Leap’...

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Remembering a City Worker Who Made a Difference

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 09, 2015

Lorne Turner

People wandering through the labyrinth of booths of yet another UN urban conference in Nanjing (2008) or Rio de Janeiro (2010) may have stumbled...

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Reports support objectives of Toronto Climate Summit

Posted by Michelle Cholak on July 08, 2015

Annual greenhouse gas report from Environmental Commissioner of Ontario warns government might miss 2020 targets if it doesn’t act soon

Ahead of this week’s Climate Summit of the Americas, two new reports have been released which support the importance of reducing greenhouse...

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Two Sides to the Transportation Equation

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 02, 2015

Highway 404 (southbound) with HOV lanes in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

By now most people are aware of the new HOV lane restrictions on local highways. Many of us fume as we sit in traffic, maybe watch a car with one...

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Driving for a Better Greater Toronto Area

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on June 24, 2015

Expansion of alternative transportation options such as natural gas and electric vehicles could save Ontario $30 billion

In 1947, the first stretch of Highway 401 was completed from West Hill, Scarborough to Oshawa. The last stretch of the 818 kilometre highway...

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Coal consumption and district heating in China

Posted by Asiful Hai on June 02, 2015

In China, bicycle delivery of coal from home to home is quite common

In 2014, coal accounted for 64% of China’s total energy consumption[i]. The country is responsible for burning half the world’s coal...

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How to reduce your refrigerator energy usage without breaking the bank

Posted by Daniel Kupchak on May 27, 2015

As temperatures heat up this summer, energy bills will rise with it

Did you know at 12 cents per kWh it costs roughly $140 every year to run a ten year old refrigerator? And you can almost double that cost if you...

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Renewable energy investments growing in emerging economies

Posted by Robert McIntosh on May 20, 2015

Turbines in a fishing port in Taiwan

To get to where they are today, the world’s developed nations relied heavily on fossil fuels during industrialization. The focus for most of...

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Advancing strategic electrical infrastructure in developing nations with microgrids

Posted by Luigi Buenavista on May 13, 2015

Microgrid energy system

Although sub-Saharan Africa is incredibly rich in potential power-generation capacity, a recent McKinsey and Company report revealed only seven...

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Think Snow

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on May 06, 2015

The Ant and the Grasshopper

Truth be told, when I was a kid I found my dad’s constant grumbling about winter annoying. He would complain incessantly about the cold and...

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Exploring Solar Options for a Sustainable Energy Future in Republic of Chad

Posted by Glen Courtis on April 29, 2015

Solar installation

More than one-third of people in the world start life without access to electricity and clean fuels for cooking, heating and lighting, according to...

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Are smart grids in developing countries a reality?

Posted by Corey Martin on April 22, 2015

Are smart grids in developing countries a reality?

One of the more recently hyped energy technologies in developed countries is the “smart grid”. Smart grids give intelligence to...

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Electric Vehicles: When Do They Make Sense?

Posted by Gabriel Aversano on April 15, 2015

According to Plug'n Drive, there are 10,000+ electric vehicles on the road in Canada

Electric vehicles have made a grand resurgence in recent years. In 2009, United States President Barack Obama announced a USD $2.4 billion...

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The Long Goodbye: A Life of Loss and Plenty

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on April 08, 2015

small town Canada

Last week, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s, my mother passed away. A few weeks earlier, sitting in the seniors’ home looking on...

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Field trip to Kawartha Ethanol

Posted by Michelle Cholak on March 24, 2015

Kawartha Ethanol produces roughly 15% of Ontario's ethanol

Energy Systems Engineering students in this semester's fourth year Emerging Energy Systems class had the unique opportunity to visit Kawartha...

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Linking Up - Getting There Is Key

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 05, 2015

Toronto Traffic

A few recent news items might seem unrelated, but they are linked in just the same way the Toronto area needs to be. Nowhere in Canada is linking...

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A Big Hope – A Bigger and Better Toronto

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on February 18, 2015

This photo represents the future City of Toronto considering all proposed and approved projects, as well as those currently under construction.

Toronto passed a major milestone last week. Statistics Canada stated the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) population is 6,055,724. For the...

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