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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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Five Mini Net-Zero Communities Spring Up Across Canada

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:24 PM

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The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that's helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes.

And the prize is one everyone...

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How Ontario Is Leading Energy Storage in Canada

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:49 PM

There are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla's new home battery systems.

And while Tesla gets the headlines,...

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This Man Built a Solar-powered Shipping Container Cabin

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 5:56 PM

Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin, Jason Rioux's summer home built partly out of shipping containers near Bobcaygeon, Ont. is pretty cool. With its rustic décor and innovative off-grid approach this solar-powered getaway is an interesting take on shipping container architecture.

It has a large octagonal central...

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Ontario: Canada's Energy Transition Success Story

(16) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 8:42 AM

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When you look at Ontario's greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing: Shutting down coal-fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation.

And while a lot of governments and politicians have talked the...

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The Hidden Cost of the Neighbourhood You Choose

(4) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 5:32 PM

When you buy a house the first thing your eye goes to is the sticker price. But buying a home comes with a major hidden cost that doesn't show up in the MLS report: Transportation costs could more than eat up the savings of a lower-priced home in the suburbs.

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Upcycling Reimagines How We Think About Waste

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 12:36 PM

What if you could take waste limestone, add in some recycled milk jugs and grocery bags and make roof shingles that last 50 years and can eventually be melted down and remade into new shingles?

That's the whole idea behind Cradle to Cradle design and manufacturing.

Aluminum...

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The Green System That Transformed the Construction Industry

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 5:16 PM

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Governments and developers love issuing press releases announcing the opening of shiny new schools, rec centres and office buildings. Chances are good these days that building will be LEED silver, gold or even platinum.

The US Green Building Council created LEED in...

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Geothermal 201: Hitting the Sweet Spot

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:48 PM

There is something calm and comforting about getting energy from the warmth of the earth. Perhaps this explains why so many people are curious about geothermal energy and why our second most popular Green Energy Futures video is called Geothermal 101.

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Saving Energy Is a Much More Profitable Business Than You Think

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Put your hand on the radiator in our office's parkade stairwells and you're liable to get burned whether it's January or July.

It's energy waste and it lines up with the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that an average of 30 per cent of the energy that is paid for...

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Meet Judith Sayers, a First Nations Renewable Energy Trailblazer

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Judith Sayers is a former chief, a negotiator and a pioneer in helping First Nations get involved in the renewable energy business.

Her traditional name is Kekinusuqs (pronounced ke-kay-ana-suks) and she is a member of the Hupacasath (pronounced who-pa-cha-sut) First Nation in the Greater Alberni Valley on the west coast...

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Wind Turbines Kill Too Many Bats -- Let's Change That

(13) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Being something of a naturalist some of my most memorable trips have involved seeing birds such as the endangered resplendent quetzal in Costa Rica or the beautiful rose-coloured grosbeak in Alberta.

So we wanted to find the facts behind the claims you often hear about just how bad wind...

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Welcome to Canada's First Net-Zero Commercial Building

(6) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:34 PM

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The gap from net-zero house to net-zero commercial building has now been bridged.

When we did our four-part Chasing Net-Zero series last summer we came across a story that we knew we had to cover. The Mosaic Centre for Conscious...

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So What Is a Kilowatt-Hour Anyway?

(3) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 6:33 PM

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We're very lucky here at Green Energy Futures to write about clean energy. But while we are privileged to do what we do we are also guilty -- of using jargon.

It's a danger that any writer runs into when you cover a...

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The Solution to Climate Change Might Be Right Under Our Feet

(8) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 5:54 PM

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In the movie Interstellar Matthew McConaughey's character has a line that's stuck with me: "We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our...

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How Banff Launched the First Municipal Solar Feed-In Tariff in Canada

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:15 PM

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Banff is famous for its beautiful mountain views, its diversity of wildlife and its many, many tourists. Canada's most popular national park gets more than three million visitors a year. Located within the national park, the town of Banff has branded...

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What One Small Prairie Town Did to Reverse its Population Decline

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:46 PM

About 10 years ago the town of Craik, Saskatchewan was facing a problem common to so many rural centres on the prairie. The town was slowly dying. People were moving away to bigger cities and other provinces and each census confirmed it.

That's when the people of Craik hatched a...

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The State of Electric Vehicles in Canada

(8) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 10:28 AM


Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a pretty unlikely place to find one of the rarest electric vehicles, or EVs, in Canada. But Kent Rathwell, the owner of one of only three Toyota RAV4 EV's north of the American border, is a pretty extraordinary dude.


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Why Wood Waste to Energy Is a No-Brainer

(6) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 5:01 PM

When I picture a sawmill I picture Astar jumping through the live wires, spinning gears and whirring saw blades of Planet Danger. But the modern sawmill is a marvel of modern technology, mostly devoid of humans and full of machinery that debarks logs,...

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Winter Cycling 101: What You Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:17 PM

What would it take to get you out of your car and on to your bike for your work commute in the winter?

We've learned that good bike infrastructure can certainly help alleviate congestion in cities like Vancouver and that electric bikes are a sexy new option for...

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The Wind Energy Project That's a Sign of Things to Come

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:24 PM


A California-based utility recently put a 100-megawatt peaker plant up for bid. This is the type of plant that can ramp up quickly to meet demand and they're almost always natural gas fired projects. This time however the winner was a...

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