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Green Business Canada

Green Business Canada is a non-partisan, non-political organization devoted to helping Canadians share ideas and initiatives promoting green concepts and environmentally friendly business objectives. We believe encouraging local leaders and our business communities to actively participate in developing a green economy is vital to the future well-being of our country and planet. Green Business Canada encourages like-minded individuals and organizations to share their knowledge, form strategic partnerships and apply their resources to the realization of a truly sustainable tomorrow.

Green Business Canada Magazine

  • Banff environmental coordinator Chad Townsend and councillor Grant Canning with a solar module. A local reserve fund subsidizes the rates solar energy producing residents and businesses are paid by the town of Banff.
    023. Canada’s First Municipal Solar Tariff
    Banff National Park is famous for its beautiful mountain views, its diversity of wildlife and its many, many tourists. Canada’s most popular national park gets more than three million visitors a year. Located within the national park, the town of Banff has branded...
  • The Tesla redefined the electric vehicle market earning car of the year honours already and the third top position for all-time electric car sales in Canada.
    022. The Electric Car in Canada
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is an unlikely place to find one of the rarest electric vehicles (EV) in Canada. But Kent Rathwell, the owner of one of only three Toyota RAV4 EVs north of the American border, is a pretty extraordinary guy. Rathwell is the...
  • Southwoods Village
    021. Southwoods Village
    Near the heart of downtown Edmonton, a new development project is raising the bar and will set the new standard for future developments in the city. Christenson Developments has chosen the Southwoods region of Hazeldean to pilot a new sustainable village concept. Located...
  • Dave Spencer and Debbie Wiltshire at their net-zero home in Ecohaven. They envisioned the green community concept in Calgary and began the process in 2002.
    020. Echohaven: An Energy Efficient Suburb
    What if I told you we could build suburbs that preserved the natural landscape, featured super energy efficient homes, encouraged a sense of community — and had no vinyl siding. Well we can, and the neighborhood of Echohaven, in the northwest community of...
  • While the rocket mass heater releases heat quickly and efficiently, it also stores a great deal of heat which is released slowly over a period of days.
    019. A Better Burning Wood Stove
    What might be a temporary annoyance for you and me on a camping trip actually kills millions of people annually. According to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) two million people die prematurely from illnesses attributable to indoor air pollution every...
  • Looking a little like the Starship Enterprise, one person in the Whitecourt Sawmill control room monitors incoming logs and their initial processing.
    018. How Biomass Turns Nothing to Something
    The modern sawmill is a marvel of modern technology, mostly devoid of humans and full of machinery that debarks logs, sizes them up and runs them through a Rube-Goldberg-like contraption that cuts them down to usable lumber. At least that’s what we saw...
  • Located in south Edmonton, the Mosaic Centre is Canada's largest commercial net-zero building featuring combined geothermal and 213 kilowatt solar PV systems.
    017. Geothermal 201
    There is something calm and comforting about getting energy from the warmth of the earth. Perhaps this explains why so many people are curious about geothermal energy. Geothermal, also called geoexchange, has one big weakness — high upfront cost. But we’ve found, what...
  • Founded in 2011 by a group of ambitious students from the University of Calgary, Team Zeus recently finished building and racing their "Zephyr" at the emotoRacing competition in Utah.
    016. Team Zeus Electric Motorcycle Racing
    Students attending the University of Calgary don’t suffer from a lack of choice when it comes to Student Union clubs. The university offers everything from swing dancing to politics. But the most interesting club, in our view, is one called Team Zeus. Though...
  • The Cowessess First Nation Enercon Wind Turbine is considered small by world standards but still stands an impressive 73 meters or over 23 stories tall with a blade diameter of 50 meters or 162 feet.
    015. The Biggest Battery in Saskatchewan
    A California-based utility recently put a 100-megawatt peaker plant up for bid. Peaker plants are used to ramp up electricity production quickly to meet sporadic surging demand — they almost always use natural gas. This time, however, the plant used innovative new storage...
  • The Groundswell Community greenhouse in Invermere harvests solar energy four different ways, making 10-months of indoor gardening a Rocky Mountain reality.
    014. Producing More Food With Less Energy
    A passive solar greenhouse in Invermere B.C. is causing people across the continent sit up and take notice. What is a passive solar greenhouse, you may well ask. Don’t greenhouses already use the sun’s energy? Well, yes, but with the traditional Dutch “glass...
  • The first 10k solar system was installed in Starland County in Morrin, Alberta to supply electricity to a pump house that supplies residents with water.
    013. Farmers Love the Sun
    “God hates cowards,” that’s how Bob Sargent — a farmer who also runs an oilfield services company and serves as a local councilor — explains why he made his first investment in solar energy. As part of an innovative new regional solar program,...
  • One of the trams in Tallinn, Estonia.
    012. How Cities Learn Sustainability From Each Other
    If you’ve hung around some of the wackier, more conspiratorial parts of the internet you may have heard of Agenda 21. According to former Fox News host Glenn Beck it is a radical plot that will “put their fangs into our community and...

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