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POLL// Where in the World are You Expanding?

Posted on July 9, 2013
The world is achieving leaps in innovation, and Canadian companies have a major role to play. As populations grow and resources become less available, efficiency becomes a key element of any infrastructure project. Canadian companies are looking overseas for opportunities to export their engineering, financing, and design expertise. In the upcoming September/October 2013 issue of ReNew Canada, we're highlighting the Canada-U.S. partnership as it relates to infrastrcuture development south of the border. What about you? What is the top region in the [...]

Video: Battle at the Crosswalk

Posted on June 7, 2013
In a video that went viral last week, a Russian pedestrian is seen crossing over a car that stopped abruptly on a crosswalk. Without surprise, there’s a verbal confrontation afterward (without audio). YouTuber Alexander Egorychev caught the action and posted it online: According to the Halifax Regional Municipality, “Drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians who are lawfully within a crosswalk.” the driver may have been in the wrong, was this the right action to take?   [...]

WHO Road Report Highlights Cyclist, Pedestrian Safety

Posted on June 4, 2013
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its latest Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 (the first since 2009), and while Canada fared better than many of less privileged countries that were audited, there is still significant room for improvement. While Canada performs relatively well in most areas of the report and mirrors the overall worldwide trend of decreasing road deaths, there are areas of concern for those trying to make the nation’s roads safer. In particular, pedestrian and cyclist safety has come under scrutiny since the report’s [...]

Sustainable-Energy Economy Needed in North America: JPAC

Posted on May 3, 2013
The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has issued a series of practical recommendations to the top environment officials of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to do more to move North America toward a truly sustainable energy economy. The recommendations were sent following a public consultation in Calgary last month. (Read full recommendations.) Experts from industry, civil society, and academia who participated in Greening North America’s Energy Economy recognized the continent is rich in fossil [...]

Citizen Urban Planners to Help Shape Growing Cities

Posted on May 1, 2013
Since its inception in 2007, the annual Jane's Walk has created an opportunity for people to engage in city planning. Over the course of one weekend (May 4 to 5, 2013), citizens in urban areas around the world will lead more than 600 walking tours in their own communities. Jane's Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, who championed the interests of local residents at a time when scale models and grand visions of the future removed designers from the experience of the city by foot. Jane's Walk often takes Jacobs' ideas [...]

Canadian Electricity Association Looks to Solidify Canada-U.S. Cooperation

Posted on April 26, 2013
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) is looking to strengthen ties between Canada and the United States. With electricity systems and markets already highly integrated between the two countries, the CEA released a white paper, The Integrated Electric Grid: Maximizing Benefits in an Evolving Landscape (download PDF), that proposes a number of policy recommendations for maintaining a healthy relationship. The paper details the intricacies of the Canada-U.S. power-sharing system, stating that “electricity plays an integral role in the robust Canada-U.S [...]

A Soil Bank for Ontario?

Posted on February 19, 2013
"Soil is not a waste, it's a resource," said Waterloo's Naz Richie at this morning's Soils Management Workshop. Hosted by the Consulate General of the Netherlands, the event's focus was building a blueprint for a soil bank. The Netherlands have always been a model for Canada when it comes to the use of certain environmental technologies, especially brownfield remediation. In fact, during a 2007 business mission to the Netherlands in which ReNew Canada participated, there was a heavy focus on how Canada—Ontario, in particular—could benefit from a technology [...]

WEC: The Issues Keeping Energy Leaders up Nights

Posted on February 11, 2013
Certain macroeconomic and geopolitical issues are blocking transition in the world energy sector, say energy leaders. What's keeping these leaders awake at night? The 2013 World Energy Issues Monitor, published by the World Energy Council (WEC), identifies key issues impeding the shift toward sustainable use and supply of energy: the global recession, unpredictable energy prices, political instability in the Middle East-North African region, and uncertainty about future climate frameworks. Dr. Chirstoph Frei, secretary general of the WEC, calls them “insomnia [...]

Water Is Your Business

Posted on February 11, 2013
A new interactive website is attempting to show businesses, community leaders, and water infrastructure stakeholders the benefit of investing in water infrastructure and sustainable water systems. The National Association of Water Companies (NWAC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have launched waterisyourbusiness.org as part of a public awareness campaign. At the end of the series of interactive infographics, the user is prompted to “be part of the solution” by sharing the webpage with others in their social networks. The website provides links to [...]

Environmental Policy Needed for Countries to Achieve Sustainable Energy Systems

Posted on December 7, 2012
According to the UN-accredited World Energy Council’s (WEC) global ranking of energy sustainability performance, over 90 countries are a long way from achieving fully sustainable energy systems. The 2012 Energy Sustainability Index, published within the WEC’s 2012 World Energy Trilemma report, entitled Time to get real – the case for sustainable energy policy, found that most countries have not managed to balance trade-offs in energy security, social equity and environmental impact mitigation. The index reveals that countries at various stages [...]
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