David Dodge
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David is the host and producer of GreenEnergyFutures.ca, a multi media project that tells the stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities.
David is the former communications director of the Pembina Institute, he produced the EcoFile radio series for CKUA, was editor of Borealis magazine, the Alberta executive director of CPAWS and the production manager of Lone Pine Publishing. In his spare time David has coached soccer and basketball and has served as the president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.

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Green Energy Futures Green Gift Guide 2014

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 12:46 PM

The holiday season is here and here are our ideas for the green energy nerd on your Christmas list.

Last time we featured some doozies, some that even made their way into their own episodes like the Nest programmable thermostat, the electric bike and the home...

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How We Made Our Own Solar Air Heater for Under $100

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Solar energy is a popular subject on Green Energy Futures. We've done stories on solar co-ops, passive solar design, solar stocks, concentrated solar thermal and domestic solar hot water. And just when you think you've exhausted the well of solar stories we find another gem -- solar air heating.

And...

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How Wind and Solar Lower Your Electricity Bill in Alberta

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:56 PM

Have you ever heard the one about how renewables are too expensive and that they always need subsidies? Well, both wind and solar now compete with fossil fuel electricity generation purely on price, without subsidies.

But wind and solar aren't just competitive and affordable options for generating electricity,...

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Welcome to Canada's 1st Concentrated Solar Thermal Plant

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 2:09 PM

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney

More than three years ago Ted Clugston was showing me around the small southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat for our pilot episode. He pointed to a hillside and said he eventually hoped to see a showcase...

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The Future Looks Bright for the Solar Industry

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Greg Schnell is my brother-in-law as well as a technical stock analyst. He spends his time poring over stock charts deciphering meaning from their erratic meanderings.

On one of my many trips to Calgary for Green Energy Futures we were solving the problems of the world over a bottle of...

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Echohaven: An Environmentally Friendly, Energy Efficient Suburb

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:06 PM

To borrow a popular internet meme, what if I told you we could build suburbs that preserved the natural landscape, had super energy efficient homes, built a sense of community and had no vinyl siding.

Well we can, and the neighborhood of Echohaven, in the northwest community of...

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How To Make Your Smart Meter Even Smarter

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 8:05 PM

Smart meters are unabashedly good. This might seem like an uncontroversial statement but start poking around some of the kookier parts of the internet and you'll quickly learn that smart meters are apparently responsible for everything from cancer to spying on you every minute of every day.

A smart...

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Turning 500 Tonnes of Cow Poop a Day into Renewable Energy

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:37 AM

 

Alberta is known for its beef -- or more specifically its beef marketing. If you haven't seen the original "I heart Alberta beef" bumper sticker you've definitely seen an homage.

But Alberta beef started for a reason, Alberta's grain farmers needed a way to diversify and add value...

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Is Alberta Canada's Next Big Solar Market?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:17 PM

On a bright fall day in early October in a packed ballroom in a downtown Calgary hotel Alberta's new energy minister, Frank Oberle, made his first speech as minister to Alberta's small solar industry.

Solar energy only makes up 0.03 per cent or 5 megawatts of Alberta's 14,000 megawatts of...

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How We Built Our Own Earthship

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:00 PM

This article was written by Green Energy Futures editor and production manager, Duncan Kinney.

When you tell people you're building an Earthship there are two stock responses. First there are the believers. These are the people who've watched Garbage Warrior, twice. They want to talk design and permits and...

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Why You Should Go For a Net-Zero Home

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:20 PM

A large home builder pledges to go all-net zero by 2015

American poet, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau once wrote "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"

A net-zero home reimagines the house not as a burden on...

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This Net Zero Home Will Blow Your Mind

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:56 PM

It's a beautiful, livable, functional net-zero experiment -- welcome to the home of architect Shafraaz Kaba.

"As an architect, we are always testing new ideas. We are creating little experiments for ourselves to prove that something is possible, or to prove different materials work well together. We even just want...

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Chasing Net-Zero Through Location and Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:45 PM

Building a net-zero home is an intricate dance between design, technology and location. But if you build a net-zero home in the wilds, far from your work, school and entertainment, with no infrastructure and an hour-long commute how sustainable is it?

This series is called Chasing Net-Zero in recognition of...

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The Rise of Net-Zero Homes

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 3:07 PM

A net-zero home is more than just a place to hang your hat - it's a super-efficient, solar-powered look into the future.

It was Le Corbusier, the Franco-Swiss modernist and founder of brutalism who coined the term "buildings as machines for living." The net-zero home is far more deserving of...

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Better living through algae: Learn how Pond Biofuels is turning raw smokestack gas into a useful product

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Algae is a pretty important organism. The first plants on earth probably evolved from algae. It's used in food, fertilizer and sewage treatment. Oh, and algae can also eat raw industrial smokestack emissions for breakfast.

Steve Martin was so taken by the potential of algae he started a...

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The University of Calgary Club That Built an Electric Motorcycle

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 6:46 PM

If you go to the University of Calgary you don't suffer from a lack of choice when it comes to Students Union clubs. There are options for everything from swing dancing to politics to Bronies. But the most interesting club in our view is one called...

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Passive Solar Greenhouses: A Way to Produce Local Food With Less Energy

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 6:54 PM

A passive solar greenhouse in Invermere B.C. is making people across the continent sit up and take notice. What is a passive solar greenhouse? Don't they already use the sun's energy? Well yes but with the traditional Dutch glass box greenhouse design all that heat leaves once the sun goes...

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How to Grow a More Energy Efficient Tomato

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Kalundborg is a small port city in Denmark with a 12th century cobblestone downtown and a decidedly industrial feel. It is home to a 1,500-megawatt monster of a coal burning power plant, a refinery, a pharmaceutical plant, a plasterboard factory and a half dozen other paeans to steel pipe and...

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Why Solar Hot Water Systems Are a Good Hedge Against Rising Energy Prices

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, a Swiss naturalist accidentally built a prototype of the first domestic solar thermal hot water system back in 1796 while testing out a scientific hypothesis. Not only did he end up proving the greenhouse effect was a real thing but solar thermal hot water heating...

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Small Really Is Beautiful: Tiny Homes as Environmental Tools

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Small is beautiful. When economist E.F. Schumacher first released his book of the same name in 1973 he had no idea that 40 years later tiny homes would become a massive trend.

And while Schumacher was talking about economics and the value of decentralized systems you just need...

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