Managing Phantom Power – A Cost-Effective Energy Management Strategy at Home

January 24, 2014 - 10:15

In the middle of another cold Canadian winter, many of us have probably spent a moment or two inspecting the drafts coming from the doors in our homes or apartments. If it’s cold then sure, maybe you’ll get around to weather-stripping or replacing the door in the spring (or at least get the landlord to do it). Replacing old windows, doors, and skylights with energy efficient models can make your home 7% to 15% more energy efficient!

A Look to the Year Ahead

January 14, 2014 - 13:46

The beginning of each New Year is often full of promise and optimism. It is a time to reflect on the good (and the bad) of the year past, and to forge ahead with the lessons learned - often a little wiser and more assured than the year before.

Happy Holidays from Carbonzero – Some Tips to make it ‘Green’

December 20, 2013 - 09:47

The Holiday Season is upon us – perhaps the best time of year when we enjoy time off work, gift exchanges, great food (and drink), and of course valuable time with friends and family. We all know the season has its downfalls with traffic being consistently awful, weather being tumultuous, and shopping malls resembling Times Square on New Year’s Eve. While those personally wrap up my big three knocks for the holiday season, there are a few more that we ‘eco-minded’ folk often consider – those related to how the holiday season impacts our environment.

There’s no such thing as a good excuse

December 17, 2013 - 12:22

“We’re a small business…”

“We don’t own our facility…”

“We’re an office-based company…”

“We recycle…”

“It’s too expensive…”

“We don’t care…”

What do these statements have in common? They all end with “…so we don’t have a sustainability program.”

Sustainability? There’s an App for that.

November 29, 2013 - 13:49

Whether you’re looking to catch up on the latest news, find the best deals, lose weight or even track a ghost (yes, really), you can almost always find an online tool to help make the process fun and engaging. It’s estimated that more than 1.2 billion people worldwide are using mobile apps, and that number is expected to reach a whopping 4.4 billion by 2018.

Sustainable Events: It doesn’t need to be ‘Green-Themed’ in order to be ‘Green’

November 26, 2013 - 10:29

In case you weren’t aware, events have the potential to generate a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Whether it’s people flying or driving to the event venue, the natural gas and electricity used over the course of a week-long event, or the excessive amount of waste generated, there are a multitude of elements to consider when trying to ‘green up’ your event.


November 21, 2013 - 16:19

Yesterday I attended an amazing event in Toronto, Ontario. The event was hosted by the non-profit group Rethink Sustainability and was centred around acting on climate change and carbon emissions. A fantastic keynote speech was delivered by Peter Boyd from Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room (definitely worth following on Twitter if you’re not already: @cwarroom).

Life Cycle Assessments: Uncovering the true environmental cost

November 14, 2013 - 12:12

At Carbonzero, we are fortunate to work on a variety of interesting projects each day. From determining the carbon footprint of a company’s annual convention, to the office operations of a large organization – each project is unique in its challenges. For me, however, none have been more rewarding or thought-provoking than the quintessential product life cycle assessment (LCA).

Green Bonds?

November 5, 2013 - 15:46

Undoubtedly, as written in the Wall Street Journal, Ontario “Green Bonds” Could Spur Growth in Fledgling Market. Last week’s announcement by the Wynne provincial government was exciting - for a brief moment in time - before realizing that there was little to no detail connected to the announcement.

GeneraCycle - Collaboration is king

November 1, 2013 - 09:22

Teaming up with other individuals and organizations can unleash amazing potential. Putting people of varying disciplines, opinions, experiences and approaches together is often a good thing. That might be why we’re so excited about a new pilot program collaboration that we’re participating in.

Why Measure Carbon?

October 25, 2013 - 00:00

This is a question I often run into when discussing sustainability with companies or individuals concerned with their environmental impact.

“We can just measure how much energy we save, or track how much waste we divert” is often one of their follow-up statements when discussing carbon management. They’re certainly not wrong – you absolutely can track those details… But why not measure the traditional environmental metrics, be it energy or waste diversion, and link it with something real – something we can understand.

Why Certification? Mucci Farms and the Value of 3rd Party Certification

October 20, 2013 - 00:00

Recently, Mucci Farms publicly announced its carbon neutral commitments. Mucci is a co-client of Carbonzero and Walker Environmental Group (WEG). The project consisted of WEG calculating the carbon footprint of part of Mucci’s operational carbon footprint and offsets being acquired to neutralize the footprint.

Performance linked to Compensation

October 15, 2013 - 00:00

How important is linking sustainability/climate change performance to compensation? It’s worthwhile to checkout this article (when you’re done reading this post of course): Linking Sustainability Performance to Compensation: A Must for Success

I believe it's almost always a good idea to attach compensation to performance if you really want results.