David Dodge
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.

Entries by David Dodge

How to Grow a More Energy Efficient Tomato

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:18 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 | 5:27 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 | 5:38 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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How Solar Power is Driving Costs Down For Canada's Farmers

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 3:33 PM

"God hates cowards."

That's how Bob Sargent, a farmer who also runs an oilfield services company and serves as a local councillor explains why he made his first investment in solar energy.

As part of an innovative new solar program he recently put a 10-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on...

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Harvest Power: Turning Your Rotten Food into Energy

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Picture one meal in your day and imagine it getting tossed into the trash before you even got a chance to bite into it.

Every single day we either lose or waste one third of our food -- that's 1.3-billion tonnes a year. Not only could we have fed people...

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KidWind: The Answer to Getting High School Kids Engaged with Renewable Energy

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:30 PM

The main room of Edmonton's city hall is full of nervous energy as over 30 keen and green high school students eye up the competition, each team with their own two-foot tall wind turbine nearby. They're participating in the KidWind Challenge and it's a fun way...

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The MacGyver of Green Energy

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 2:43 PM

It's one thing for SolarShare to get $3 million worth of solar projects going in Ontario under that provinces feed-in tariff program but it's quite another thing altogether to start a community solar program in small town Alberta with no government support.

And yet that's exactly...

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Cogeneration: Coming to a Building Near You

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Cogeneration is an idea as old as the electric power plant itself. In 1882 Thomas Edison's Pearl Street generating station was providing both electricity and heat to lower Manhattan. The leftover steam from the coal-powered turbines was piped to nearby homes and businesses. Despite the inherent efficiency you get from...

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The Power of Passive Solar and Thermal Mass

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:13 PM

The Ancient Pueblo peoples got free heating and cooling at the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in what's now Colorado and they did it without electricity, insulation, natural gas, air conditioning or modern building techniques. This pre-European contact Native American civilization built homes that were comfortable year...

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What Our Biggest Carbon-Producing Province Can Learn From Washing Machines

(7) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:08 PM

The front-loading washing machine has been around since 1947, yet despite the fact that it's been in laundromats for decades the design has only recently started showing up in people's homes in large numbers. This despite the fact that the front-loading washing machine is clearly a...

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What is Alberta Really Doing With Its Carbon Tax Money?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:57 AM

When it comes to dealing with carbon emissions Alberta has a daunting challenge - Alberta emits more GHGs than any other province and the numbers are going up not down. Alberta is the carbon emissions capital of Canada.

* This...

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Why Phasing Out Coal in Alberta Isn't As Hard As They Say

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:32 PM

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." So said Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

And while every writer and student ever can sympathize with that sentiment it turns out the province of Alberta can as well.

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Electric Bikes: Not Cars, Not Bikes, Just Right

(5) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Not to oversell it, but the electric bike might be the single best urban transportation option out there.

Think about it. Car commercials very rarely sell the reality of the vast majority of our car driving existence -- the drudgery of daily traffic. And regular old cycling is akin...

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The Latest and Greatest in the Energy Storage Space

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 7:13 AM

When people think of energy storage, they think of batteries. We've had them in their modern incarnation for more than 200 years and there are examples in the archeological record of things that could be batteries that are more than 2000 years old.

But batteries in their current...

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Green Energy Futures Top Five Stories of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 11:39 AM

We spent 2013 crisscrossing the country finding inspiring stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities: we met everyone from Kent Rathwell, the inspiring owner of Sun Country Highway in Saskatoon, to farmer James Callaghan in Lindsay, Ontario.

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Green Energy Gift Guide 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Whether you want to spread the good word when it comes to green energy or you're buying a gift for a total green energy nerd you've come to the right place. These gift ideas work for the person who geeks out about the latest solar modules or loves driving their...

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Earth Tubes: Energy Saving Cost-Cutters of the Future

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Geothermal energy isn't just about Iceland, volcanoes, lava and journeys to the centre of the earth. The vast majority of geothermal projects aren't about tapping the fiery, red-hot core of the earth, but taking advantage of the relatively constant temperature of the ground below the frost...

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Join the Cheap Solar Revolution

(7) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 1:27 PM

When you pass from one geologic age to another there is very little fanfare. There is no commemorative ceremony and no plaque. When you're talking millions of years you're not going sweat the exact year the Neolithic age began.

But it was on the roof of a new office building,...

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Tired of Paying Crazy Gas Prices? On Sun Country Highway, You Don't Have To

(7) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Kent Rathwell pulls up to Peavey Mart in Red Deer, Alta., in his Tesla Model S performance car, parks in the big green parking spot at the front doors and plugs his car in to charge for free.

Rathwell is a serial entrepreneur from Saskatoon, Sask., who started Sun Country...

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Get Rich and Save the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 12:13 PM

There is a popular, long-running how-to website that predates algorithmically run content farms like eHow, it's called SoYouWanna.com and it's super helpful for things like buying a men's suit or running a marathon.

Think of the MaRS cleantech practice and fund as your SoYouWanna...

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