It may have left everyone not from Vancouver green with envy, but Mayor Gregor Robertson got elected by promising to make Vancouver the “greenest city in the world.” The city already ranks second in Canada and the U.S., according to the Green City Index. Vancouver even has a Greenest City Action plan. But recently, the good mayor upped the ante by announcing Vancouver will be the first city in Canada to run on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.
In July we finished work on our Green Energy Futures Chasing Net Zero series. Here is Part I: Net Zero 101, the story of the amazingly short history and rapid appearance of homes that produce as much energy as they consume.
This from the New Economics Foundation: money does not equal happiness! I have certainly read this before, but it’s worth having a peak at a comparison of “Life Satisfaction” around the world with gross domestic product (GDP). This figure comes from “a well-being manifesto for a flourishing society” created by the New Economics Foundation. You can find them at www.neweconomics.org.
Costa Rice has about 25% of the gross domestic product of Canada, but its citizens have higher life satisfaction.
On November 10, 2011 I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with some colleagues in Blackfalds, Alberta to talk about an idea for a new company that focuses on economics that fosters a sustainable society. Pictured are Devin Spackman, Lewis Cardinal, David Faber, Dominic Mishio, TR Duncan, Bill Craig, Mark Anielski, and David Dodge.
We met at a most pleasant coffee shop called After the Grind.
Our second trip to Costa Rica in March/April 2010 was fantastic. Darren, Jenna, Monette and me went to Poas Volcano cloud rain forests, the incredible wilds of the Osa Peninsula in the south and once again we visited Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast. The Osa Peninsula is one of the wildest pieces of lowland tropical rainforest in existence. Check out the flickr slide show below!