Towards a Circular Economy

September 23, 2019 in Environment

We consume a lot of stuff. Sometimes we use that stuff for a few seconds or minutes, like a paper coffee cup or plastic water bottle. Around the world, every minute, over 1 million plastic bottles are sold (and 91% of them aren’t recycled). Maybe we use our stuff for a few months or a couple of years, like a phone or hair-dryer. But when our stuff breaks, we usually go out and get a replacement. Sometimes we own stuff for a long time, but it doesn’t really get used much. For example, did you know the average drill is supposedly used for 10 minutes in its entire lifetime? And the average car is parked 95% of the time. The way we consume has to change if we want a habitable world for the future.

John sits down with Christina Seidel and Linsday Seidel-Wassenaar from sonnevera to discuss waste, consumption and the circular economy.


Going Green

July 22, 2019 in Design, Environment

What do we mean when we talk about making buildings greener? It sounds pretty straightforward, but there’s no shortage of systems and terms to navigate –  passive houses, net zero homes or LEED certified buildings, life cycle assessments, energy efficiency and water conservation. And although the technical elements of going green are incredibly important, our guest today suggests that the definition of a green building is personal and individualized. Matt Grace is a green building engineer and the managing Principal at Integral Group in Calgary.


An Environmental Gathering

April 16, 2019 in Environment

The other week, our team at Intelligent Futures set up at Alberta Ecotrust’s 4th Annual Environmental Gathering. The gathering brings together people with a variety of perspectives, including environmental nonprofits, consulting firms, youth, artists, oil and gas companies and government representatives.  It was a great opportunity for us to build on our work in community sustainability and environmental master plans and learn what other folks are doing to build a greener world for all of us.

This event covered a wide range of topics relating to the environment, especially in the context of Alberta. We were particularly curious to hear people’s perspectives about the relationship between urbanization, environmental protection, and economics. We asked attendees to answer a few different questions. This episode is a compilation of some of the conversations we had.


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Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering

Sheri-D Wilson, Poet, Educator, Producer, Activist