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Ontario moves closer to issuing first green bonds for transit

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Almost one year ago, the Ontario government announced that it would issue the country’s first green bonds to help fund public transit in Toronto. Now, the interruption of a general election well behind it, the government is moving ahead with the plan, having filed a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The supplement outlines the types of projects that will be included, though no date has yet been named when the public will be able to buy the bonds. The project selected to receive funding from the first issue is the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. This first issue is expected to be $500 million. What are green bonds? The ... Read More »

Green buildings really are more profitable: report

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Have you ever complained that the air-conditioning at the office made it too cold for you to work comfortably? Have you ever been driven to distraction, literally, by noisy construction workers outside your building? Have you ever wished you had a window in your office, or even some natural light rather than the ubiquitous fluorescent lighting? Do you sometimes experience a generalized kind of ill-feeling by the end of the work day and wonder if it might be because of the stale air you have to breathe all day long? Almost anyone who’s ever worked in an office has experienced some or all of these symptoms, and more. Often, problems like ... Read More »

Ontario wood industry welcomes new six-storey height limit

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Starting on January 1, 2015, it will be legal in Ontario to construct wood-frame buildings up to six storeys high. The previous height limit for wood frame construction was four storeys. Building code changes will give builders more flexibility in choosing their building materials, while setting the highest fire safety requirements in Canada, the government says. A private member’s bill introduced at Queen’s Park in 2012 by the MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, who is also the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, has passed and will become law on January 1. Politicians and spokespersons for the wood and forestry industry are expressing their delight at the news. Politicians have been ... Read More »

Mayors key to stopping climate change: Bloomberg UN report

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Mayoralty candidates, wherever you may be, take note: mayors and the cities they lead can do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than national governments can. By taking steps to reduce energy use in five key sectors—waste, freight transport, passenger transport, commercial buildings and residential buildings—mayors could reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of more than half of the world’s annual use of coal today. So says a new report by the erstwhile mayor of New York City, now UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg. The report was prepared by the Stockholm Environment Institute-US and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies. ... Read More »

Green Building Week gets underway with call to “Green up”

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Today is the beginning of World Green Building Week (September 22–27), an initiative of the World Green Building Council, which has members in 100 countries and more than 27,000 participating organizations.  This is the fifth World Green Building Week, a celebration of sustainable construction, and the theme this year is “Get Up, Green Up.” Organizers are calling for a “direct action” approach to a greener environment, meaning that they encourage individuals to do something that will make a difference, like cycling to work, changing your lightbulbs, at home or at work, to energy-efficient ones, or getting together with friends and neighbours to clean up a local park or creek. Making ... Read More »

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