Monthly Archives: August 2012

Make environmental choices when “back to school” shopping

Time for back to school!  I visit Staples for some some environmentally friendly options for “back to school” supplies.

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Teaching children about recycling with fun activities

Young children at home or in daycare, pre-school or kindergarten, can develop a love of the environment and commitment to recycling and composting through fun activities. Many schools are implementing Ontario’s Full Day Kindergarten, a play-based education program.  Within this … Continue reading

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Managing solid waste caused by emergencies and disasters

9/11 and the World Trade Center. Hurricane Katrina. The earthquake in Haiti. The tsunami in Japan.  These disasters resulted in a horrifying loss of human life and the destruction of property. They also generated an unexpected amount of solid waste that needed … Continue reading

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Monitoring landfills from afar with SCADA

SCADA – Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. That sounds like something out of a NASA acronyms manual, but it’s actually more down to earth than that. If you say that you have SCADA, it just means that you’ve got a computerized system that … Continue reading

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Do you know what’s in your cell phone?

At a recent family function, I pulled out my cell phone to answer a text message.  My family members were appalled — not because I was being rude and answering a text message, but because I have an “old” cell … Continue reading

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Bringing good agricultural practices to the city

With more Ontarians growing up in urban areas, there is an increasing disconnect between the farming community and the people who populate Ontario’s urban centres. Summer is a great time to help bridge this gap. A visit to your local … Continue reading

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Reduce, reuse and recycle at your summer barbeque

We’re having a summer barbeque, and we’re offering you some tips to help reduce the environmental footprint of your next event!

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