Reduce your carbon footprint

Simple changes in our everyday lives can help slow climate change — including reducing our energy consumption, choosing to travel sustainably, and being conscious of what we purchase.

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    Switch your home to green energy

    Did you know that energy use is the biggest contributor to a Canadian home's carbon footprint? More »

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    Food and climate change

    It's not only what vehicle we drive or how we heat our homes that determines our carbon footprint. The food we eat also has an impact — on our health, and on the environment. More »

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    Four places to cut your carbon

    Here are some of the easiest and most effective ways, in four key areas, to reduce our carbon footprint and help improve our quality of life. More »

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    Energy efficient lighting

    Switching to energy efficient lighting represents a great opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your electricity bill. More »

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    Travel sustainably

    Although aviation is a relatively small industry, it has a disproportionately large impact on the climate system. It presently accounts for 4-9% of the total climate change impact of human activity. More »

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    Go carbon neutral

    We can all contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by making simple changes in our daily lives. Recognizing where there are opportunities to reduce our impact can bring us closer to carbon neutrality. More »

  • Cut your energy use

    A great way to save energy at home is to find out where you use it the most. An energy audit can show you how much power your home uses now and where you can maximize savings. More »

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    Get on your bike — and off oil

    Breaking addictions can be tough, but you don't have to go cold turkey. Reducing our dependence on oil means switching to cleaner energy sources, and reducing our consumption of energy... More »

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    A new way of doing business

    A growing number of businesses are taking steps to manage greenhouse gas emissions and reduce their climate impact. These businesses are enhancing their brands, motivating employees, becoming more efficient, and saving money. More »

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    Reduce home heating and electricity use by 10%

    Even though we think we're becoming more energy conscious, our consumption is actually rising because the size of the homes we build has been steadily increasing since the 1950s. It's time to act! More »

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    Use your home appliances more wisely

    New and improved appliances use less electricity than older models. You can save energy by using your existing appliances more wisely and by investing in modern Energy Star approved appliances. More »

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    Drive smarter for a better planet

    Driving is the most polluting thing that most of us do. Burning gasoline, or any other fossil fuel, releases pollutants that cause smog, global warming, and water pollution. More »

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    Discourage Urban Sprawl

    Canadians must really like each other. Although we live in one of the world's largest countries with an endless horizon of space, we choose to live right next to each other in our cities. Over 80% of us now live in urban areas. As our cities grow bigger, urban sprawl is beginning to affect our quality of life. More »

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    How to Host a Sustainable, Carbon Neutral Conference or other Event

    Large events such as conferences, sports competitions, concerts, festivals, and conventions can be major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. More »

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    Green travel

    Emissions from air travel are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. While there are instances where we may have to fly, there are a number of steps that can be taken to reduce the number of flights we have to take. More »