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1 Old Cell Phone in a Landfill is 1 Too Many

16/04/2014

Recycle My Cell makes it easy for Canadians to do their part for Earth Day 2014

OTTAWAApril 16, 2014 /CNW/ – Recycle My CellCanada’s free cell phone recycling program, is calling on Canadians from coast to coast to recycle their old cell phones and accessories in support of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. Almost 582,000 devices were recovered through the Recycle My Cell program in 2013. Results from the2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study released today show that while Canadians replace their wireless device approximately every 30 months, only 10% of survey respondents recycled their old device when they purchased a new one, with 42% putting the old device in storage.

Canadians can participate in Earth Day by visiting the bilingual Web site – www.RecycleMyCell.ca andwww.Recyclemoncell.ca – and enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their old wireless devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. If a consumer cannot get to one of the drop-off locations in their neighborhood, the Web site offers printable postage-paid labels that can be used to mail the device back to Recycle My Cell at absolutely no cost to the consumer.

The Web site also provides information about the program, facts and figures on e-waste, FAQs and links to provincial e-waste management sites. There is also a downloadable brochure and information about how consumers can clear their device of all personal data before dropping it off for recycling.

Other notable findings from the 2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study include:

  • Nearly half of survey respondents (49% nationally) report knowing about cell phone recycling programs.
  • Satisfaction of those who utilize the Recycle My Cell continues to be high, with 96% of respondents citing a positive experience.

“Canadians are world leaders in the way they embrace new technology, particularly when it comes to wireless devices,” said Bernard Lord, President & CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). “It is also our responsibility to be world leaders in protecting our environment for generations to come. There is simply no reason that an old cell phone should ever end up in a landfill.”

All of the processors involved in the Recycle My Cell program are ISO certified or verified to be operating in conformance with the requirements of the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS), so they all have environmental management systems in place that guarantee accountability and knowledge of the environmental impacts associated with recycling.

The Recycle My Cell program also supports numerous local and national charities through the proceeds from the recycled devices.

“In recognition of Earth Day, we join in encouraging Canadians to recycle their used mobile devices which will not only help reduce the growing e-waste in Canada’s landfills, but also generate much needed funds for mental health initiatives across the country,” said Peter Coleridge, National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association.

Businesses and community organizations can also support the Recycle My Cell program by hosting a drop-off location. Registration is quick and easy and all set-up materials are provided at no cost. For more information, please visit http://www.recyclemycell.ca/host-a-drop-off-location/ or contact info@recyclemycell.ca.

Recycle My Cell was created and is maintained by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling. The program’s partners include: Bell, BlackBerry, Eastlink, GEEP Inc., GREENTEC, LG Electronics Canada, Inc., Lynx Mobility, MTS, Nokia, ProMobility, Rogers Communications, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., SaskTel, Sims Recycling Solutions, Sony of Canada, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile Canada.

Canadians can contact a Recycle My Cell representative by e-mail at info@recyclemycell.ca, or call toll-free at 1-888-797-1740.

About Recycle My Cell
Recycle My Cell is Canada’s national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories. The bilingual Web site –www.RecycleMyCell.ca and www.Recyclemoncell.ca – allows consumers to simply enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. The free program is run by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers, who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling.

SOURCE Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

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Who Will Be There? All-Energy Canada Trade Show and Conference Toronto #AllEnergyCA

02/04/2014

Hello energy enthusiasts, I’m coming back after a long hiatus.  I’m back – back in an All-Energy mood.  Spring is here and the sun’s warmth reminds me how the clean energy landscape in Canada keeps growing – sometimes quickly, sometimes slow. But still growing.

My media creds now official for All-Energy Canada (April 9-10, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto) I get to enjoying supporting several organizations, including the show’s associates. ‘Nuff said.

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Here’s an advance on some of the exhibitors & speakers:

Biomass Innovation Centre

The BIC was established by Nipissing University’s School of Business in the spring of 2009 as a centre for knowledge and support in the development of an expanding clean technology industry.

Working with organizations and individuals to:

  • Identify biomass supply opportunities in the forestry and agricultural sectors.
  • Support projects that transform biomass into fuels and high-value products.
  • Develop market capacity and demand for bio-fuels and bio-refinery products.

Services include education, technical marketing, advocacy and research that spans from the forest to the marketplace. They focus on bridging the information gaps between knowledge and application and are dedicated to educating the industry as a whole.

Fronius Canada

Their technology boasts (solar) “… year-round autonomous energy supply involving photovoltaics was previously only possible by having environmentally-damaging diesel generators to fall back on. Fronius has found a new solution – the Fronius Energy Cell. In future, the energy cell can be used to convert excess energy into hydrogen for storage, converting it back into useful power when needed.”

Chiefs of Ontario

“The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario.  Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, they uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights.   Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all creation.

The activities of the Chiefs of Ontario are mandated through and guided by:

  • Resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly of the 133 First Nations in Ontario
  • The Political Confederacy made up of the Grand Chiefs of Political Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and Independent First Nations
  • The elected Regional Chief for the Chiefs of Ontario”

STEEP Building Systems Canada:

An Ontario based manufacturer of energy efficient structural panels, will display their building product. STEEP panels have been used in scores of large and small buildings built across urban and rural southern Ontario with this quick, durable and cost effective construction technique.

Working with Far North Developments, STEEP Canada will also demonstrate how the construction benefits of STEEP panels can be integrated with renewable energy and storage technology. This approach makes STEEP panel buildings suitable for use as housing, schools and offices in rural, resource based communities and remote First Nation locations.

More speakers (International):

DR. WOODROW (WOODY) CLARK II (Keynote Speaker)
Chief Executive Officer, Clark Strategic Partners/Nobel Peace Prize recipient

A noted lecturer and senior advisor to governments worldwide, Dr. Woodrow Clark was one of the contributing scientists to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), which as an organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Professor Bassim Abassi from Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan, to discuss the use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Mediterranean basin (case study).

Donnadelliah Maluleke, Consul Political at the South African Consulate General in Chicago.

More speakers (Canada):

William Lahey, Chairman of Efficiency Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to discuss consumer demand management and saving energy.

Elisa Obermann, Atlantic Director of Marine Renewables Canada, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be providing an overview of the Canadian marine energy market.

Matt Jameson, Director of Economic Development from Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nation in Canada.

Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes, Quebec, to discuss their leading role in community energy projects.

This is by no means a complete list.

The Trade Show part is free but you should register.  Please visit by clicking => All-Energy and come out.

Lots of companies to connect with, pose questions, get answers, network and support All Energy in Canada.

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Kudrinko’s Grocery Opens It’s Sustainable Doors to #GEDO13

26/09/2013

The KudrinkosNeil Kudrinko from Kudrinko’s Grocery, Sustainable Building & Busines

Neil Kudrinko from Kudrinko’s Grocery,  Sustainable Building & Business

What were the motivations, or inspirations surrounding how Neil became involved or how Kudrinko’s vision of ‘green’ came to be?

Neil’s main inspiration or his “aha” moment came while at Carleton University.  He gives much credit to Professor Patricia Ballamingie of the Geography and Environmental Studies Department.

“Professor Ballamingie opened my eyes to the possibilities and potential that exists in building efficiencies into our built environment so that our buildings would be more efficient in light of the exterior climate.”

Neil goes on to say that it was very important to look at all the different systems at Kudrinko’s.  HVAC, refrigeration, air quality inside etc. – all these systems had to be made efficient and were done at the same time, in order for the building to gain the maximum investment potential & energy efficiency & savings.

“All of the systems need to work together – in a holistic way.” Neil says.

Neil enjoys being involved, he likes to share information and knowledge, and encourages peers in investing in sustainable building and business practices.

Neil’s Message of Renewable Energy Inspiration

“Your success will only be measure in your desire to make it happen.  Have faith in your understanding of what is possible and go for it.”

Please visit the Kudrinko’s on October 5th for Green Energy Doors Open (click it for the website).

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Niagara Waste Systems – Used Roofing Shingles Buried in Landfill – Study

13/10/2011

Word has been received from Walker Industries.  I sent an email in order to determine what happens to one waste product, namely used roofing shingles: recycled or not? The answer is no.

Used Roofing Shingles are BURIED in Niagara's Landfill

The roofers were absolutely correct.  Now the brain must try to absorb the exponential amount of just used roofing shingles that must exist, buried, like a deep dark secret.

As we continue desiring green energy, renewable, clean tech and all those other goodies that make our eyes sparkle, our consciences feel better, are we forgetting the immense and exponentially grown and continuously growing pile of  just one waster product that does not bio-degrade?

There is a much deeper story here and it is one I intend to get to the bottom of, literally.

Technology and desire exists.  In the next posts, I hope to start figuring out the barriers.

Here is the communication (in reverse order, most recent to first):

Good morning,

At the drop-off, all shingles are dumped directly into a roll off bin
and then sent to Niagara Waste Systems for landfill disposal.

Taylor

—–Original Message—–
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Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:51 AM
To: Taylor Webb
Subject: RE: Walker Ask Us a Question Form

Thank you for your response, Mr. Webb.

I believe I have to rephrase the question.

What does your facility do with the used shingles (policy, procedure,
environmental procedure?) after they have been
dumped off by residents and commercial/contractors?

I hope this is clearer.

I thank you in advance for your knowledgeable reply.

Sincerely,

Niagara Falls Resident

> Good afternoon,
>
> We accept shingles at a rate of $66.50/metric tonne for both residents
> and contractors. You will be weighed on the inbound and outbound
scale
> and your disposal fee will be based on your weight. We have a $10
> minimum charge.
>
> Our facility is open 8am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
>
> If you have any other questions, feel free to call me at 905-680-3059.
>
> Thanks and have a great day!
>
> Taylor
>
>
>
> —–Original Message—–
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> Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:02 AM
> To: contact weg
> Subject: Walker Ask Us a Question Form
>
>
> On Oct-12-2011 (10:01:46 AM), the following individual filled out the
> Ask Us a Question form:
>
> First Name: x
> Last Name: xxxxxxxxxxx
> Phone: xxxxxxxxxxx
> Fax:
> Email Address: ///////////
>
> Hello! I am a home-owner in Niagara Falls (Montrose Road). I was
> wondering if you could please tell me your policy and procedures for
> used shingle (roofing) disposal when dropped off both by residential
and
> commercial/industrial?
>
> Thank you for your assistance.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Niagara Falls Resident

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Organic Week rolls out across Canada

13/10/2011

OTTAWA, Oct. 13, 2011 /CNW/ – Canada celebrates the second annual Organic Week from October 15-22, with hundreds of event partners and participating retailers showcasing organic products across the country.

OrganicWhether you’re a farmer, a food manufacturer or a good old-fashioned eater, you’re invited to join the organic harvest celebration: from film screenings and special menus in restaurants across the country, to community feasts and winery tours, to food-security meetings and organic tastings at farmers markets and retailers, both large and small. Find events in your area by visiting the Organic Week website: www.OrganicWeek.ca.

“Organic Week is a party we’re throwing for everyone who loves good, wholesome organic food, and who cares about the environment,” said Organic Week co-organizer Matthew Holmes, of the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA). “Today it’s easier than ever to find organic products, with the new Canada Organic logo and mandatory standards overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Organic Week is a way of raising awareness that good things grow in Canada.”

Organic Week has also organized a special contest for people wanting to share some of their best organic ideas: the Organic Breakfast Challenge is open to anyone in Canada who has a great recipe, picture, or memory of “Mom’s favourite” meal. A winner will be selected every day during Organic Week and will receive a basketful of great organic goodies and coupons from participating companies. Anyone can enter from the Organic Week website or Facebook page.

COTA and the Canadian Organic Growers are grateful for the generous donors that make Organic Week possible: Canadian Health Food Association, Earthbound Farms, Good Food Revolution, Manitoba Harvest, Mill St. Brewery, Nature’s Path Foods, Organic Meadow, Southbrook Winery, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Ambrosia Organic Apple Growers, Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Beretta Organics, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Front Door Organics, Grainworks Ltd., Homestead Organics, Horizon Organic Dairy, Nature’s Fare Markets, Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Poplar Grove, Silk Soy Beverage, SunOpta, Taste of Nature, The Big Carrot and Wholesome Sweeteners.

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in Canada. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers’ associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. COTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. COTA’s mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.

For further information:Matthew Holmes
(613) 482-1717

Organic Week website: www.OrganicWeek.ca
Organic Week on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/organicweek
Organic Breakfast Challenge: www.Facebook.com/organicweek
Organic Week on Twitter: www.twitter.com/organicweek
Organic Week event hashtag: #oweek

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Video from Green Flight Challenge, Full Scale Electric Power Aircraft Competition

12/10/2011

See the amazing aircraft of the Green Flight Challenge (GFC) from the Google Green Flight Challenge Exposition hosted by NASA at Moffett Field held Monday October 3, 2011. The event showcased the latest in personal aircraft innovation and featured advanced vehicle demonstrations.

Day 2: Green Flight Challenge

Info on Green Flight Challenge

Cutting-edge technology companies exhibited close by to the aircraft. Products and technologies were demonstrated and displayed (advanced vehicles and innovations).  Some of the exhibitors:

  • Verticopter – Personal VTOL
  • D-STAR Engineering – Electric Motor featuring 8kw/kg
  • Sinhatech – Laminar Flow
  • Motor Excellence – Motors
  • GSE – Bio-Fuel Engines
  • Kleenspeed – Car and Aero Technolgies
  • JoBy Energy – Electric VTOL
  • A.I.R. Inc. – Motor Controllers
  • Google – Autonomous Automobile
  • NASA – The Future of Aeronautics
  • CAFE – GFC Flight Testing
  • Extreme Capacitor, Inc. – Ultra-Capacitors, X-CapTM
  • Alternair – Electric Aircraft
  • Catto Props – Quiet Propellers
  • Sentry View Systems – Data Acquisition
  • Wrightspeed – Electric Drivetrains
  • Synergy – Synergy aircraft
  • Aerovel – Flexrotor UAV
  • IKE Aerospace – Seraph Aircraft
  • Brammo Inc – Electric Motorcycle
  • Matternet – UAV Last-Mile Solutions
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World’s Largest Green Building Conference & Expo in Toronto October 4 – 7

28/09/2011

[from Author: I will be at the Green Building Expo. I have signed up for many educational sessions with some amazing speakers, but I think I am most looking forward to the discussion I get to attend with Steve Zornetzer Associate Director for Research – NASA HQ! Please connect with me via Twitter & perhaps we will see eachother there! Profile: TheVillageGreen]

Greenbuild’s economic impact on local economy an expected $26 million CAD with 25,000 delegates

TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ — The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual conference and expo is making its way to Toronto next week to celebrate “what’s next” in green building. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo and is expected to make an economic impact of $26 million CAD, bringing 25,000 delegates from over 115 countries to the event. A release from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre earlier this week also stated that Greenbuild will generate a positive impact on the local economy of over $58 million from delegate spending.

Toronto was selected by USGBC as the host city for the conference for several reasons, including its growth in the green building movement with nearly 300 building projects registered and seeking LEED certification and 44 green building projects already LEED-certified in the Toronto area.

“Toronto and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have been a tremendous force in the recent growth of the green building movement in Canada,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. “Toronto’s building market has continued to boom and prosper and it’s the perfect backdrop for the 10th anniversary of Greenbuild.”

Held in conjunction with the Canada Green Building Council, Greenbuild promises to inspire and educate with hundreds of educational sessions; dozens of master speakers; one and two day summits focused on green jobs, residential and affordable green building, and the international green building marketplace; more than 1,000 companies showcasing the most innovative green building products and services in the world’s largest expo hall dedicated to green building; and top-notch plenary speakers that include New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell, ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts, medical anthropologist and physician Dr. Paul Farmer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The opening plenary event will also feature Grammy award-winning band, Maroon 5.

“It’s appropriate that the first Greenbuild outside of the United States is being held in Canada because it demonstrates the huge impact LEED, and the close partnership between the USGBC and CaGBC, have had on green building in Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, CaGBC. “There is no doubt that Greenbuild will be a game changer for Toronto and for Canada by taking green building to the next level in terms of industry and government recognition and international trade.”

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 168,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Greenbuild The U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the three time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2011 show will be held on Oct. 4-7, 2011, in Toronto, Canada. This past year’s conference in Chicago, Ill. drew more than 28,000 attendees and featured more than 1,800 exhibit booths. Visit www.greenbuildexpo.org for more information.

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