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STARS Gold hat trick for UVic sustainability

University of Victoria News Summary UVic has earned a Gold rating for the third time since 2014 with the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities administered by the Association for the Advancement of...


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Province providing $20M for University of Lethbridge Heating Upgrade

Lethbridge Herald Summary The Alberta government is providing $20 million to upgrade the University of Lethbridge’s district heating and cooling centre, which will create about 112 jobs in the Lethbridge area. The district heating and cooling centre is located in the original University...


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WPAC: to lower GHG emissions, BC should prioritize solid biofuels for heat

Canadian Biomass Summary In 2018, the Government of British Columbia released its Clean Energy Plan, promising to create opportunities for all while protecting the province’s clean air, land and water. Remarkably, the plan gives almost no consideration of forest-based bioenergy. Nevertheless...


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Richmond’s district energy system wins another award

Richmond News Summary The City of Richmond’s district energy system has received its second award for its environmentally friendly heating and cooling technology. Richmond was announced the recipient of the 2020 Canadian Energy Globe National Award for its Central at Garden City expansion...


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Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson warns of possible in-year cuts to $2.8-billion infrastructure plan for 2020 without help from senior governments

Edmonton Journal Summary Edmonton city council is poised to back most of the $2.8 billion in construction projects approved for 2020, but Mayor Don Iveson is warning the plan may require cuts during the year if senior governments don’t provide funding. A pending motion filed by Iveson...


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Halifax Water thermal heating plan passes first hurdle

Saltwire Network Summary Halifax Water wants to stop wasting so much waste water. “There is a lot of latent heat, latent energy in the waste water that can be used,” James Campbell, communications manager for Halifax Water, said of the downtown Halifax waste water treatment plant adjacent...


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Prince George Downtown Renewable Energy System expands

Canadian Biomass Summary Construction started today on an expansion to Prince George’s Downtown Renewable Energy System that will serve the new parkade across from City Hall and the future new pool at 7th and Quebec. The system currently delivers heat from Lakeland Mills to nearly a dozen...


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CaGBC and RAIC share building code recommendations

HPAC Summary In early April the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) sent a joint letter to National Research Council (NRC) and other federal government ministers to share industry feedback on the overarching approach and omissions of...

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50 million lost power in 2003 blackout, but what if our energy had been locally produced?

Sudbury.com Summary Imagine you are producing renewable energy on your home, and your neighbours are too. When you produce extra, you can sell energy to a neighbour. When you need a bit extra, they can sell some to you. You help power your neighbourhood community centre, hospital and...


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Reviewing Ikea’s geothermal chiller

Canadian Consulting Engineer Summary In 2011, furniture retailer Ikea commissioned and implemented a frictionless magnetic levitation (maglev) centrifugal chiller to heat and air-condition a major distribution centre in Brossard, Que., by means of geothermal energy. The system achieved...