By John Lorinc A respectable start, but not nearly enough to ensure that all the talk about smart growth becomes an urban reality.
By John Lorinc Green roofs are sprouting up in urban centres around the province, creating mini-ecosystems where you least expect them. W hen Beth Ann Currie recently dug up the taproots of a cluster of coneflowers growing on the roof of an old industrial building in downtown Toronto, she realized this tall meadow species seemed […]
Climate change demands that we develop alternative sources of renewable energy. Queen’s Park is pushing hard to increase the use of biomass – fuel from crops, grasses and wood pellets. But even green power comes with an environmental price tag. By John Lorinc
Monday November 23, 2009 Posted by John Lorinc Beginning next year, new building projects in the City of Toronto will be expected to meet a minimum green design standard that includes bird friendly development guidelines. “All new development will have to be bird friendly,” says Toronto environmental planner Kelly Snow.
Environmental crusader Kaid Benfield marries green buildings to smart design and an eco-friendly community is born by John Lorinc Like many veteran environmentalists, Kaid Benfield knows what it is like to be in the thick of a David-and-Goliath fight. As a director of the Washington, D.C.- based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an influential U.S. […]