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GreenBuild NEXT 2011 Comes to Toronto (and so do I)

October 4th, 2011

For years I’ve read with envy about GreenBuild International Conference and Expo — the largest green building conference in North America. GreenBuild is jammed packed with new building materials, as well as seminars with the foremost thinkers and doers in green building. It’s a fantastic “meeting of the minds” place and I’ve always wanted to go. So this year it’s in Toronto. The first time it’s being held outside the US. It’s also the year we decided to pack up our family and move to Montreal (d’oh!)….timing is everything.

So I’m making my pilgrimage back to my fair city to enjoy learning all about the leading edge materials that the exhibitors will be displaying at Greenbuild. Of course, my goal is to find those great products that are available to Torontonians, Montrealers and residents of Ottawa (Ottawanians? Ottawagonians? What are you called?) in particular as well as hear about what’s in store for future projects.

If you’d like to know more about GreenBuild, here is the website.

If you’d like to follow tweets, the hashtags are #greenbuild and #gbnext. Follow @USGBC on Twitter for up to the minute information on what’s happening.

LiveGreen Toronto Festival this weekend! (August 28-29, 2010)

August 24th, 2010

This weekend marks the LiveGreen Toronto Festival, which is being held at Yonge and Dundas Square. It promises to be very lively with entertainment, food and some green lifestyle and green building suppliers. A few I’ve already covered, so you can go up to Kevin Royce from Eco Building Resource and Chris Phillips from GreeningHomes and meet the people I’ve written about before with some knowledge of their goods and services. There are solar companies, flooring companies, local green environmental organizations, and food and drink. If you ever wanted to do some one-stop shopping to learn about lowering your impact on the environment (or just learning about something new), drop by the festival this weekend. It’s conveniently located at Yonge and Dundas, just above the subway.

Hours: August 28 11am-9pm, August 29, 11am-5pm.


Note: Sunday is Family and entertainment is kid-oriented.

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Elmvale, ON Water Festival This Saturday (August 21st, 2010)

August 17th, 2010

Grand Bend, Lake Huron: a beautiful great lake!

Canadians are huge water wasters. Per capita we use an average of 326 litres of water daily, second in the world in water consumption only to Americans at 426 litres daily[source]. Water seems plentiful because it’s priced cheaply, but it’s a luxury we can’t continue to squander. This past winter brought little snowfall which means that lake levels are significantly lower than last year — in fact, the Great Lakes are lower by about 7 inches on average [source]. Combine that with ever growing populations and increased water demand and those Great Lakes aren’t going to be so great anymore if we continue on our current path.

If you’re as much of a fan of these beautiful lakes as I am — and happen to be near Elmvale, ON — you’ll want to take part in the Elmvale Water Festival and Environmental Trade Show being held this Saturday at the Elmvale Fairgrounds. Robert Sanford, Director of the Western Watersheds Research Climate Collaborative will be the keynote speaker and will discuss what needs to happen in the future for all the different parties to use water without conflict. From residential to processing and manufacturing to agriculture and mining, water plays a dominant role in all of these arenas. James Gordon, co-founder of the Wellington Water Watchers, will be presenting on the sustainability of municipal water supplies.

This is a great family event. In addition to the environmental trade show, there will be games, music, activities and face painting for the kids and lunch will be a delicious 100 mile diet theme.  For more information on the festival, see the website page:

All attendees will receive a new, non-toxic reusable, dishwasher safe water bottle.

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