I am an archivist, communications professional and graduate of the Master of Information program at the iSchool, University of Toronto. I am currently a Media Researcher/Archivist at TVO.
Recently, I was a blogger on sustainability subjects for CSR/sustainability platform justmeans.com. Posts can be viewed below!
A quarter of the energy supply in Ontario is provided by renewable waterpower (1). On the flip side “generating steam and pumping, treating and heating water consume 40% of Ontario’s natural gas and 12% of our electricity usage.” (2)
The water/energy nexus is all around us here, but like the lost rivers that used to run through the City of Toronto, the energy intensive nature of water provision is invisible to most people. A 2011 RBC water attitudes survey notes that “Only four in 10 (40 percent) Canadians make the connection between water and electricity, understanding that it requires energy to treat and pump water; one-third (32 per cent) don’t think at all about the connection.” (3)
Locally there are many opportunities for water and energy – and by extension GHG – savings still to be tapped. A panel of experts and the water community recently gathered at a Canadian Water Resource Association event Water & Energy: Urban Infrastructure Explored to discuss the connections and solutions between these two major resources. Continue reading
The sustainability challenges facing Canadian business leaders and water experts are unsurprisingly similar:
“How can companies design resilient sustainability programs that can survive leadership changes, economic downturns, political shifts and other setbacks?”
How can Canadian municipalities become ideal water sustainable cities–soon?
Two new reports, Blue City: The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future and Simplifying Complexity: The 8 Sustainability Challenges for Canadian Business in 2014 outline the shared concerns of consumer engagement, innovation, resiliency and shared responsibility that cut across sectors and industries. Continue reading