The Role of Municipal Government in Fighting Climate Change

Discussions of climate change mitigation strategies are often centered around provincial and federal initiatives. Municipalities are often excluded from the conversation altogether, which is unfortunate, as they play an important role in developing environmental public policy. If Canada is to achieve the aggressive, time-sensitive emission reductions needed to maintain a healthy biosphere, all levels ofContinue reading “The Role of Municipal Government in Fighting Climate Change”

Canada’s 2021 budget promises $40K interest-free loans for home retrofits such as rooftop solar

Canada’s federal government unveiled its first budget in more than two years. The budget represents a strong effort to reduce Canada’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions. It adds an additional $101.4 billion dollars in new spending—much of which is geared towards economic stimulus to get Canada through the Covid-19 pandemic. The budget allots $17.6 billionContinue reading “Canada’s 2021 budget promises $40K interest-free loans for home retrofits such as rooftop solar”

Environmentalists Need to Stop Talking About Overpopulation

During the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, overpopulation became a topic of interest — primarily because of world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, who asserted that “most environmental problems wouldn’t exist” if the world’s population was at the level it was at 500 years ago. I have great respect forContinue reading “Environmentalists Need to Stop Talking About Overpopulation”

What a Biden Presidency means for American Cleantech

Saturday afternoon, on November 7th, 2020, Biden was declared President-Elect by major media outlets across the United States, putting an end to an election characterized by unprecedented levels of voter and industry anxiety. The candidacies and visions of Joseph Biden and Donald Trump could not be more juxtaposed, demonstrating the severe degree of polarization inContinue reading “What a Biden Presidency means for American Cleantech”

Is Canada’s Carbon Tax Enough to Fight Climate Change?

As Canada’s 2019 Federal election looms closer, carbon pricing has shown itself to be a highly contested and divisive issue. Since the Federal Liberals announced their carbon pricing plan, it’s dominated the conversation surrounding climate change. The NDP and Greens back the Federal Liberal’s proposal, whereas the Conservatives do not, meaning the issue has fallenContinue reading “Is Canada’s Carbon Tax Enough to Fight Climate Change?”

Making the Case for a Canada-Wide Solar Incentive

In just a few short months, the coronavirus pandemic has profoundly destabilized the world’s economies and brought on a devastating recession sure to have lasting impacts. Governments around the world have scrambled to unload a tsunami of government expenditure and social programs to avoid economic collapse. Where countries choose to direct this expenditure will haveContinue reading “Making the Case for a Canada-Wide Solar Incentive”

Analyzing the Root Causes of Food Insecurity in Niger and Malawi

Despite the massive improvements in technology and economic productivity in the 21st century, many nations today remain incapable of addressing their citizens’ basic needs. Food insecurity in Niger and Malawi represents a complicated, interdependent phenomenon that can be explained by analyzing the anthropogenic and natural influences on each country’s domestic food supply. The comparable situationsContinue reading “Analyzing the Root Causes of Food Insecurity in Niger and Malawi”

Carbon Emissions: Domestic and Global Policy Considerations

Climate change is the world’s most pressing contemporary issue due to its far-reaching impacts on the world’s social, economic, and environmental realities. Solving climate change will require global economic decarbonization, a monumental task requiring every nation to undergo massive structural changes. That being said, just under half of the global contribution to climate change comesContinue reading “Carbon Emissions: Domestic and Global Policy Considerations”

Environmental Implications of British Columbia’s Natural Gas Industry

As the world grapples with accelerated climate change, consumer expectations have quickly shifted towards embracing sustainability, causing major market disruptions for nearly every industry. This is encouraging, as it shows that sustainability has finally entered mainstream discourse. The growing consumer emphasis on environmental preservation has catalyzed numerous positive changes, but it has also provided opportunitiesContinue reading “Environmental Implications of British Columbia’s Natural Gas Industry”

Canada’s 2019 Election is a Win for Green Energy

In less than 100 days, Canadian voters will head to the polls to determine the country’s next 4-year mandate. Likely, this means choosing between Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, or Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives. For many businesses, the familiar feeling of election uncertainty looms in the air. Industries which are supported primarily along partisanContinue reading “Canada’s 2019 Election is a Win for Green Energy”

Bureaucratic and Ideological Control Processes at Ryerson University

Universities are highly complex and interdependent systems, incorporating tens of thousands of students in addition to faculty, administrative staff, and alumni. Coordinating such a system requires enacting forms of organizational control to achieve institutional objectives. Most higher learning institutions, including Ryerson University, adhere to two central themes of control based on structure, hierarchy, rules, andContinue reading “Bureaucratic and Ideological Control Processes at Ryerson University”

Sustainable Mining Practices

The contemporary importance of the mining industry in today’s transitioning economy cannot be understated. Economic decarbonization will require the mass adoption of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. Both of these energy sources are intermittent, meaning their electricity production is unreliable and requires battery assistance. Transitioning global economies to renewable technologies and batteryContinue reading “Sustainable Mining Practices”

Underwhelming Renewable Energy Investments by Trudeau’s Liberals

After nearly 10 years of the Harper government’s “all-in-approach” on fossil fuel development, the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals was seen as an exciting opportunity and step forward for the green economy in Canada. Expectations ran high as Trudeau emphasized balancing the economy and environment, with signature promises being made such as the phasing outContinue reading “Underwhelming Renewable Energy Investments by Trudeau’s Liberals”

Should Ontario Pursue Virtual Net Metering?

Virtual net metering is a program which, if implemented, would supplement Ontario’s already developed net metering policy. To realize the potential of virtual net metering, understanding the basics of regular net metering is important.   Net metering is a credit system for homeowners producing their own renewable energy. While multiple forms of renewable energy qualifyContinue reading “Should Ontario Pursue Virtual Net Metering?”