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Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion (LEED Gold) - Western University

A Story About Building Improvements

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Written by Western University 6 years ago

In 2009, Western opened the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion, the first LEED certified building on campus. Its features include:

• A green roof that insulates while increasing heating and cooling efficiency throughout the year
• A water cistern to gather runoff and contribute a portion for use in toilets and urinals
• A heat recovery system that couples traditional heating with reusable heat
• Daylight in the atrium and through large open areas to reduce energy consumed by lighting
• Renewable energies from solar panels and a 1kWh wind turbine

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McIntosh Gallery (LEED Silver) - Western University

A Story About Building Improvements

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Written by Western University 6 years ago

McIntosh Gallery is Canada's first building certified under LEED NC-2009. Its features include:

• High-performance double- and triple-glazed windows
• Sensors to control lights and ventilation
• Highly efficient, long-lasting LED lights to better showcase the art
• Polished concrete floors to reduce maintenance and cleaning

McIntosh staff also took it upon themselves to locally source walnut frames for some of the art.

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Geo Thermal Energy & Solar Panels

A Story About Home Improvements

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Written by JenMait 6 years ago

Upon the purchase of our second and hopefully our "forever" home we decided to install a geothermal unit. The home needed a new furnace and air conditioner. Given the number of windows and size of the home we wanted to look at ways of reducing costs and decreasing our "footprint".

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Stop Making Everything so Complicated

A Story About Education & Awareness

Written by m.mcdermott@live.ca 6 years ago

Life is easy, but we've made it so hard..

What you NEED:
Shelter - only a place to sleep/get out of weather (cob, wood, stone, etc)
Food - trees and plants, foraging
Water - rain barrels, well, stream
Clothing - no fashion, just practicality
Heat - wood/solar

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Everything You Need to Know

A Story About Education & Awareness

Written by m.mcdermott@live.ca 6 years ago

- Eat a raw herbivorous diet (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes)
- Hand wash clothing and hang dry (its not hard, just takes longer)
- Walk everywhere you need to go (must choose to live close by)
- Collect water in rain barrels
- Grow as much of own food as possible (fruit and nut trees, vegetables garden)
- Build your own house out of cob (or other sustainable material)
- Invest in solar electricity/heating

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Collect the Drips

A Story About Low-impact Landscaping

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Written by Ryan Craven 6 years ago

My tub faucet drips, a lot. I decided to start collecting the drips and use what I collect to water my house plants. It's working well only I have too much water and not enough plants ;-) Any tips?

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City of London's Green Fleet

A Story About Fuel-efficient Vehicles

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Written by Jamie Skimming 6 years ago

The City of London now has 28 hybrid vehicles in its fleet, as well as one Ford Focus Electric vehicle.

The City also uses ethanol-blended (E10) gasoline and biodiesel-blended (B5) diesel.

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Compost

A Story About Gardening

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Written by Rallybob 6 years ago

All year round, we compost. Yes, it's a pain to trudge through the snow but it cuts down on trash. We still put our garbage out about once every 4-5 weeks.

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Walk to Work

A Story About Walking

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Written by Megan Wibberley 6 years ago

I walk to work everyday.

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Winter composting

A Story About Gardening

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Written by anneboyd 6 years ago

Even when it is -20 degrees outside you can still compost. The freezing temperatures help to breakdown your kitchen scraps.

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