Environmental advocates and businesses are peppering the federal government with ideas about everything from clean power grids to buildings. A frenzy is underway to determine how an economic recovery from the pandemic will be shaped by its climate change agenda.
Policymakers must use the trillions of dollars they intend to inject into their economies to tackle climate change. Reaffirming their own science-based commitments to achieve a zero-carbon economy, 155 multinational companies are calling on governments globally to match their goals.
The spread of COVID-19 has accelerated interest in healthy building strategies. Well-designed healthy buildings can not only reduce the spread of contagions, but also create an overall environment that increases well-being and productivity.
The pandemic has heightened our awareness of the vulnerability of international supply chains to interruptions. It has reminded us of the value of making, growing, and building things we need within Canada, how quickly industry can repurpose its production technologies.
The U.S. Green Building Council released a new strategy, Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy to use LEED to support buildings and communities in a post-pandemic world. The program includes launching emergency guidance and upgrades to LEED.
More buildings across Canada will be able to move to zero carbon faster following an update to a standard from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Version Two of the Zero Carbon Building Standard was recently released.
Vancouver is poised to join 13 other B.C. municipalities in allowing “mass timber” residential and commercial building projects to be built up to 12 storeys from the city’s current maximum of six storeys.
Wood buildings can be constructed up to 12 storeys thanks to Canada’s updated National Building Code, but the regulations come with a catch that can negate one of their most pleasing features. Drywall is required, in many cases, for fire protection.
The City of Toronto in collaboration with Enbridge Gas is installing equipment at its Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility, which will upgrade the biogas produced from processing food waste into RNG that can be injected into the natural gas distribution grid.
The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with efficiencyPEI, has launched a certification program for sustainable businesses. The city ran a pilot version of the Certified Sustainable Business Program last year, and announced its expansion Tuesday afternoon.
With homes the centre of business activity due to stay-at-home orders, interest is heightening in residential nanogrids. The timing is fortuitous for a new smart panel that promises to up the abilities of nanogrids and home on-site energy.
Granite Real Estate Investment Trust (GRT.UN-T) has announced its Green Bond Framework which has been reviewed by Sustainalytics, providing a second-party opinion confirming Granite’s Green Bond Framework aligns with the International Capital Markets Association Green Bond Principles 2018.
RioCan REIT (REI.UN-T) has established a Green Bond Framework, the first REIT in Canada to move ahead with a framework with the aim of financing sustainable investments or projects. The framework was reviewed by Sustainalytics.
At a virtual round table on impact investing co-hosted by BMO Capital Markets and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, BMO announced the 95th signatory the Operating Principles for Impact Management, for which IFC led development.
Environmental non-profit CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) announced a significant 24% jump in the number of companies asking their suppliers to report environmental data in 2020 by working with CDP. Among the 30 blue-chip organizations are Nike, Sainsbury and the N.Y. Transit Authority.
A new survey conducted by Morgan Stanley polled 110 public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth entities, insurance companies, and other large asset owners worldwide found a majority of asset owners globally actively integrate ESG factors into their investment process.
For millions of visitors to Charleston, South Carolina it is a reminder of a bygone era, showcasing antebellum mansions, arty row houses, and historic African-American churches. What they don’t see is the existential threat to its survival from rising seas.
According to a ValuePenguin.com (TREE-Q) recent analysis, across the 100 largest U.S. cities there are only four active flood insurance policies for every 10 houses located in high-risk flood zones, or what FEMA designates as “100-year Floodplains.”
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the United Nations to delay until late 2021 a crucial climate summit. This year’s meeting, the COP26 summit, had been billed as the most important since the 2015 talks that produced the Paris Agreement.