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Sustainability Spotlight

Brewing beer in an environmentally sustainable way

Brewing beer in an environmentally sustainable way

May 14, 2024 / 6:00 pm

Three years ago, Alexis Esseltine and Timothy Scoon purchased the Okanagan’s oldest craft brewery, Tin Whistle, founded in 1995. Since they took over,...

Deep energy retrofit can reduce your home’s energy use by 50%.

Deep energy retrofit can reduce your home’s energy use by 50%.

Apr 30, 2024 / 6:00 pm

You swapped out your incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs. You replaced your furnace and your air conditioning unit with a high performance heat pump. You’ve...

Can concrete be carbon neutral?

Can concrete be carbon neutral?

Apr 16, 2024 / 6:00 pm

Some aspects of our economy are easy to decarbonize. We are well on our way switching cars from internal combustion to electric. We are rapidly adding...

Potential environmental crises worse than global warming

Potential environmental crises worse than global warming

Apr 2, 2024 / 6:00 pm

For those of us who work in the field of climate change, it is some consolation to take a break and reflect there are crises worse than global warming. Giant...

Personal carbon emissions by the numbers

Personal carbon emissions by the numbers

Mar 19, 2024 / 6:00 pm

Are you interested in reducing your personal carbon footprint? Have you ever wondered exactly how much recycling reduces global warming? In 2020, a...

Increased prices nullifying the advantage of rebates

Increased prices nullifying the advantage of rebates

Mar 5, 2024 / 6:00 pm

It sounded like a great idea. Women need menstrual products once a month. These products are not discretionary, they are necessary, so why should people in the...

Don’t invest your carbon offset in trees

Don’t invest your carbon offset in trees

Feb 20, 2024 / 6:00 pm

Trees are climate change miracles. They take in carbon and give up oxygen. The region around them benefits from their shade and trees put moisture into the air....

Should B.C. be trading power with the U.S.?

Should B.C. be trading power with the U.S.?

Feb 6, 2024 / 11:00 am

B.C.’s sales and purchases of electricity with the U.S. have come up in two contexts recently. In December 2023, B.C. set a record by purchasing...

Pro and cons of the 'carbon market'

Pro and cons of the 'carbon market'

Jan 23, 2024 / 6:00 pm

If you’ve taken an airline flight recently, you may have noticed the airline offers to offset the carbon emitted during your flight for a small fee. The...

Hydrogen and the hydrogen economy

Hydrogen and the hydrogen economy

Jan 9, 2024 / 6:00 pm

Hydrogen is all the rage. The US has announced $1 billion in hydrogen subsidies in the form of tax credits and Canada will soon follow. So what is hydrogen? And...

B.C. expected to seek proposals next year to provide province with 'clean' energy

B.C. expected to seek proposals next year to provide province with 'clean' energy

Dec 26, 2023 / 6:00 pm

Something is happening in the background in British Columbia that will set the stage for renewable electricity for the next 50 years. BC Hydro is about to issue...

The advantages of demand side management when it comes to electricity use

The advantages of demand side management when it comes to electricity use

Dec 12, 2023 / 6:00 pm

It’s not easy running an electrical utility. Electric utilities have to be able to meet the demand every minute of the day, no matter how much electricity...

Solar should play a role in B.C.'s renewable energy future

Solar should play a role in B.C.'s renewable energy future

Nov 28, 2023 / 6:00 pm

When we describe the weather in B.C., we have a tendency to think of rain in Vancouver. However, much of the dry Interior gets ample amounts of sunlight year...

Canada has no excuses for not cutting carbon emissions

Canada has no excuses for not cutting carbon emissions

Nov 14, 2023 / 6:00 pm

Canada has one of the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world, nearly 15 metric tons per person. When it comes to cutting that, there’s a...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Methane and natural gas

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Methane and natural gas

Oct 31, 2023 / 6:00 pm

(Castanet is introducing a new bi-weekly column on sustainablility. Columnist Kristy Dyer has has worked in the sustainability field for 10 years and has...

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