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Martina Rowley and Andrew Knox.

Saving the planet one neighbourhood at a time

Tired of the gloom and doom message of mainstream environmentalism, Transition Toronto focusses on what's possible locally.

The Depanneur.

An open mic for culinary performers & a gastronomic journey for diners

The Depanneur might look like a mere Dundas West hipster hangout. But behind the scenes, its unusual business model defies what it means to be a restaurant.

A 2011 Nissan Leaf gets a charge.

The city tests the waters on providing municipal EV charging stations

A proposed pilot project would see the city offer parking spots equipped with electric vehicle charging capability. The initiative will help the city figure out if EV charging could become a new revenue stream or whether the job should be left to other players.


That's a wrap: How a Toronto technology is helping birds fly more safely

With GTA on the forefront of increasing awareness of the danger some buildings can be to birds, it makes sense that industry leader Feather Friendly Technologies sprang up in Etobicoke.

Ted Thorpe of Thorpe's Organic Produce at the Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market.

Where the foodies are: Exploring our burgeoning farmers' market scene

Toronto's farmers' markets reflect the character of their 'hoods just as much they reflect what local producers have on offer.

Bob Willard

Can the profit motive help businesses go green?

Author Bob Willard meant to do some recycling when he revisited his book on sustainable business practices. But the world had changed too much. And not just the technology.

Green Living Business Forum

Green nation: Do eco-conscious consumers encourage Canadian corporations to be more eco-friendly?

The Green Living Business Forum is a reminder that both urban habits and urban ingenuity affect the natural environment right across Canada—and the world.  

Lori Stahlbrand of Local Food Plus.

Stamp of approval: Local Food Plus is nailing down what counts, exactly, as sustainable food

Can you judge food by its label? With consumers in hot pursuit of food that's 'sustainable,' a Toronto not-for-profit organization has tried to quantify the idea with a nation-wide certification system.

Bob Gallant

Office space doesn't have to be office waste

A new competition has Toronto companies going head-to-head not on the bottom line, but to cut down on carbon emissions. Since its launch in June, Race to Reduce has signed on more than 70 of the city's largest companies, representing 45-million square feet of office space. Competition chair Bob Gallant says it starts with building trust between landlords and tenants.

Kevin McLaughlin, founder of Autoshare

Sharing cars makes sharing the city a little easier

The growth of car-sharing services like Autoshare and Zipcar suggests it's ownership of vehicles, not access to them, that's the biggest contributor to Toronto's gridlock.

UFRED researchers at work.

See the forest in the trees: Ryerson mapping experts study ways to keep urban greenery healthy

With politicians trying to find every dollar of savings, high-tech research methods can help our urban forest survive and thrive. Ryerson University's Andrew Millward's tools of choice: maps.

Mike Elwood

At the tipping point: How the next year is crucial to the rollout of electric vehicles

As industry players gather in Toronto this week to talk about the national rollout of electric vehicles, the trickiest part of the equation is getting consumers to change their ideas about what's makes for a good ride. Mike Elwood, chair of Electric Mobility Canada, tells us about the road ahead.

Craven Road

The joys of front-yard gardening: Food at your doorstep--and better privacy

For residents of writer Sarah B. Hood's Craven Road neighbourhood, small properties are no obstacle to vegetable gardening, especially for those who welcome a 'salad wall.'

The Riverdale Hub

The Riverdale Hub expands on Toronto's ever-evolving Gerrard Street

The Riverdale Hub is a social innovation co-working space with a difference: its mission is to empower minority communities. Along the way, a renovation and a bold new presence on Gerrard Street in Toronto's Little India neighbourhood may help speed area's revitalization efforts and test a new funding model for non-profits at the same time.

Doug Forder, Field Supervisor and Wetland Restoration Ecologist

Nothing's fishy about returning biodiversity to the Humber River.

A plan to remove an invasive carp species from the Humber River will allow native wildlife to flourish and salmon to return. One day anglers may be able to even catch a salmon as far north as Highway 9.
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