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Steve Howard: Let's go all-in on selling sustainability | Video on TED.com

The big blue buildings of Ikea have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Why?
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Lets make beautiful, functional, affordable, #sustainable  products 

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Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions.
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Why You'd Want To Stay In This Home During The Apocalypse

Why You'd Want To Stay In This Home During The Apocalypse | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Though milder than previous years, 2013 saw its share of extreme weather, the increasingly alarming phenom that experts say might explain a growing trend in home design -- dome-shaped houses.
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Eco Dome Canada 



ECOdome's construction process ensures a consistent naturally induced interior temperature of approximately 

12 degrees C. or 55 degrees F. without artificial heating 
or cooling!  Save money all day every day with ECOdome.

Check out their Facebook page  and follow on twitter for more info!

 

Also: http://abcdomes.com/domelocation for some examples of what can be done with this durable structure.


Texas is on the right track!

 

Protect your assets from Storms. We are not immune from these storms in #Canada either!


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An ABC #dome is built in half the time of traditional buildings, but is made to last a lifetime. Constructed from#concrete and #reinforced steel, an ABC #dome is a great way to stay safe in the event of an emergency.

 

By its very definition, an emergency operations center should be indestructible and impenetrable to elements like fire, snow,#tornadoes, #hurricanes, seismic activity or any other natural or manmade disaster. 

A steel, reinforced concrete #dome can be an accommodating compound and a safe haven.

Protect your community with an ABC #Dome!
http://abcdomes.com/dome-applications/government

For more information on safeguarding your #business, go to www.abcdomes.com

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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 18, 2014 10:07 AM

When #INFERNO comes Sustainability will fight it BACK! 

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Clean Energy Now Employs More Canadians Than Oilsands

Clean Energy Now Employs More Canadians Than Oilsands | #Sustainability | Scoop.it

Which industry employs more Canadians? The oilsands or clean energy?

Guess again.

Employment in Canada's clean energy sector has jumped 37 per cent in the past five years, says a new report from the think tank Clean Energy Canada, and now exceeds employment in the oilsands.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, February 26, 2:46 PM

Those job gains were the result of about $25 billion in new investment over the past five years, the report said. It singled out Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia as the three provinces leading the way in clean energy investment. There seems to be little government incentive in Alberta to create an economic environment that supports clean energy initiatives.

Dru Crawley's curator insight, February 27, 8:32 AM

Clean energy employs more people in Canada now than does oilsands

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Apple To Build Billion-Dollar European Solar Data Centers To Power iTunes, App Store, Maps

Apple To Build Billion-Dollar European Solar Data Centers To Power iTunes, App Store, Maps | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Apple said Monday it would spend about $1.92 billion (EUR1.7 billion) to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each completely powered by renewable energy. The facilities, located in County
Galway, Ireland, and Jutland, Denmark, will power Apple's online European services including iTunes, App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri.
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Carolyn Eccleston's curator insight, February 26, 3:52 AM

Powered by renewable energy means these data centres will be  sustainable going into the future.

 

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Apple deal, tax change could spark corporate solar stampede

Apple deal, tax change could spark corporate solar stampede | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's deal to buy nearly $1 billion of power from a massive First Solar Inc plant could be the first of a stampede of contracts driven by the looming change in a solar tax incentive that
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Alberta Coal Phase Out

Alberta Coal Phase Out | #Sustainability | Scoop.it

Each year, thousands of Albertans suffer from asthma attacks caused by coal-fired power plants, resulting in an estimated $300 million dollars in medical costs annually. This year, another 100 Albertans will die from coal. It’s time to clear the air. It’s time to phase out coal in Alberta.

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Spot power prices drop to 15 year low, but not for most residential customers

Spot power prices drop to 15 year low, but not for most residential customers | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Power prices on Alberta’s deregulated spot market are the lowest they’ve been in 15 years, but few residential customers are reaping the full benefits on their monthly electricity bills.
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Five-year fixed-price contracts offered by Epcor, Enmax and Just Energy range in price from 7.79 cents to 8.69 cents per kWh.

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School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management

School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
A Leading Polytechnic Committed to Student Success
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Having spent the morning with students at @Nait I was amazed at how many potential students are being turned away from programs because of lack of available seats. Last night I was told by an oil fields service company, layoff notices have been sent to 30% of their staff and more to come with oil prices falling and projects being mothballed. Many of those unemployed will be looking to retrain for sustainable employment. With many of the advanced tech programs already over subscribed we won't be able to retrain a skilled labour force in Alberta.

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City hopes new energy plan will help environment while creating $2.5 billion in savings

City hopes new energy plan will help environment while creating $2.5 billion in savings | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
A new Edmonton energy plan calls for big reductions in fossil fuel consumption that would fight climate change and save billions of dollars. By 2035, the proposed community energy transition strategy wants to cut local emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming by 35 per cent from 2005 levels.
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Power market watchdog attacks TransAlta defence in price manipulation hearing

Power market watchdog attacks TransAlta defence in price manipulation hearing | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
TransAlta's argument that market rules allowed it to shut down power plants during peak demand to drive up prices is simply a "back door" attempt to justify its "blatantly" anti-competitive behavio...
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‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’

‘It is profitable to let the world go to hell’ | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
As politicians and business leaders gather in Davos, climate expert Jørgen Randers argues that democracy will continue to hamper climate action
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You bet it is!

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94. Energiewende: Addressing the myths of Germany's energy transition

94. Energiewende: Addressing the myths of Germany's energy transition | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Germany, Europe's largest, most successful economy is successfully and aggressively transitioning away from fossil fuels and nuclear. We debunk some of the myths that have sprung up around this incredible transition.
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Energy Efficiency Development and Adoption in the United States for 2015

Energy Efficiency Development and Adoption in the United States for 2015 | #Sustainability | Scoop.it

The US wastes about 61% of the energy we produce — much of it due to how we generate, transmit, and distribute it.


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Duane Tilden's curator insight, January 8, 1:54 PM

>" [...] Energy efficiency, simply put, is using less energy to get the same output or value. Ways of being more energy efficient include using appliances that use less energy or reducing air leakage from our homes and buildings. Programs to increase energy efficiency date back to the energy crises of the 1970s, and continue to be hugely successful today.

Take Michigan for example, where recent data from the Public Service Commission show that the $253 million Michigan utilities spent on energy efficiency programs in 2013 will yield a $948 million return in savings in the coming years. That’s an excellent investment, no matter who you talk to. And Michigan is by no means an anomaly.

We’ve seen states throughout the country see the same kinds of positive returns for their investments in energy efficiency, which continues to prove itself the cheapest “fuel” — investments in energy efficiency per unit of energy output are less costly than both traditional fossil fuels and clean renewable fuels.

Energy efficiency programs are administered by utilities, state agencies, or other third parties, and typically funded by modest charges on ratepayers’ energy bills. While some worry that this causes energy bills to go up, they also cause energy costs to go down, as widespread efficiency upgrades decrease the demand for energy across the state or the utility's service area, reducing consumer costs. And the customers who participate directly in the programs reap the biggest savings.

It’s a wonder not all states are investing in these kinds of innovative, proven programs. But much of the resistance can be attributed to low energy prices and a lack of political will to charge customers a bit more, even if it does mean big returns. With energy prices steadily rising, such programs will become increasingly attractive to utility regulators and customers. Even historically lagging states like Arkansas and Kentucky are starting to jump on the energy efficiency bandwagon.

No matter where we live or what our personal circumstances are, there’s always room to make changes to improve our energy consumption, whether we make a big investment like installing better insulation, or small simple changes like turning down the thermostat a few degrees in the winter.

As we think about what changes we’re planning to make in 2015, we can look internally at how to reduce energy waste in our own homes and workplaces, as well as help our neighborhoods, communities, and local and state governments make informed decisions to invest in energy efficiency. Even as our energy starts coming from cleaner sources across the country, we can do our part to reduce waste in the energy we already generate — and efficiency is the quickest and cheapest place to look."<

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Creating an Alberta Advantage for renewable energy

Creating an Alberta Advantage for renewable energy | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
By Robert Hornung, John Gorman, Jacob Irving and Alison Thompson Falling oil prices are creating a new reality for Alberta’s long-term economic health. As the province looks for new markets for its...
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Sustainability opportunities for Canadian businesses: A perspective from Tima Bansal - Oil Sands Question and Response (OSQAR) Blog

Sustainability opportunities for Canadian businesses: A perspective from Tima Bansal - Oil Sands Question and Response (OSQAR) Blog | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Corporations are realizing that the future is collaboration, says leading sustainability expert.
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Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gasoline For Solar Power

Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gasoline For Solar Power | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 17 - The Ford Focus electric, one of four EV's for story on electric cars at the auto show on family day at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto February 17, 2014. David Cooper/Toronto Star (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images) | David Cooper via Getty Images
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Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.

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We did the math on clean coal, and it doesn't add up

We did the math on clean coal, and it doesn't add up | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Is carbon capture and sequestration a net win for the climate? That depends on how you crunch the numbers.
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Creativity & Convergence - Engineering innovation, blending arts and technology

Creativity & Convergence - Engineering innovation, blending arts and technology | #Sustainability | Scoop.it

An event like none other - featuring insight and networking about  innovation and collaboration for diversifying Alberta's economy. 
Designed by - and for, Albertan's with a stake in the future.  
Engaging those who know the issues and bold options.

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Thomson: D.C. trips trigger carbon amnesia

Thomson: D.C. trips trigger carbon amnesia | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Something odd happens to Alberta premiers when they go to Washington, D.C. They develop a sort of selective amnesia when talking about Alberta’s record on the environment — and particularly when talking about the provincial government’s hopes to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through experiments in carbon capture and storage (CCS).
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Why carbon capture and storage will never pay off

Why carbon capture and storage will never pay off | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Carbon capture and storage has been touted as a way to let us keep burning fossil fuels while saving the climate. But will it ever pay off? Energy analyst Chris Nelder runs the numbers.
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Canada is trading away its environmental rights

Canada is trading away its environmental rights | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
It's time for Canada to recognize that a diversified economy and citizens' right to live in a healthy environment are more important than facilitating short-term profits for foreign and multinational corporations.
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Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor Ian Hanington.

Learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.

Photo: iwona_kellie/flickr

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Investing in a greener future

Investing in a greener future | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
If the government isn’t going to take advantage of the abundant supply of sunshine and wind in this province, a group of Albertans is inviting residents to do it themselves.
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Seize the day

Seize the day | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
MOST of the time, economic policymaking is about tinkering at the edges. Politicians argue furiously about modest changes to taxes or spending. Once in a while, however, momentous shifts are possible. From Deng Xiaoping’s market opening in 1978 to Poland’s adoption of “shock therapy” in 1990, bold politicians have seized propitious circumstances to push through reforms that transformed their countries. Such a once-in-a-generation opportunity exists today.
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What plummeting oil prices mean for renewable energy

What plummeting oil prices mean for renewable energy | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Lower fossil fuel prices have historically thrashed solar, wind and biomass markets. So why are clean energy companies unconcerned about the current trend?
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These forces changed the energy storage game in 2014

These forces changed the energy storage game in 2014 | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
With big-thinking utilities, players like Tesla, Panasonic, LG and Siemens are transforming the development of energy storage for good.
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New Electrical Infrastructure will Cost Albertans

New Electrical Infrastructure will Cost Albertans | #Sustainability | Scoop.it

The average Albertan can expect to see their regulated costs for delivery of their electricity  nearly double over the next ten years.

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Canada seen as big loser if world gets serious about climate change

Canada seen as big loser if world gets serious about climate change | #Sustainability | Scoop.it
Most of Canada’s oil riches should stay the ground, according to an international study that has deemed 75 per cent of Canada’s oil and all the Arctic’s fossil fuels “unburnable.” The study, released Wednesday by the journal Nature, is one […]
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