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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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Why You Should Go For a Net-Zero Home

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 5:20 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 | 5:56 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 | 5:45 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 | 2:07 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 | 12:05 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 | 5:46 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 | 5:54 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 | 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.


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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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