Editors' Blog

Green Living editors dish on the latest trends and happenings in sustainability.

A weekly compilation of the highs, lows and not-to-be-missed happenings in the sustainability movement.—written by Lyndsie Bourgon

1.    Plate Perks
If you drive a hybrid or electric car in Ontario you’ll soon be given a new, green license plate. Perks of the plate include being able to drive in carpool lanes regardless of how many passengers are in the car, special parking spots and re-charging options at GO Transit and provincially owned lots. (Source: CBCNews.ca)
2.  The BC Pitch
This spring British Columbia will ask private businesses to provide suggestions for green electricity initiatives. The government is pushing to develop clean energy, and is expected to award contracts to companies that pitch green energy ideas to BC Hydro. (Source: The Globe and Mail)
3.    Climate Politics
Fifty African nations boycotted climate talks in Barcelona this week. The countries are opposed to low-emissions standards set by developed countries, and fear that big-player states could ‘kill Kyoto.’ (Source: UN Dispatch)
4.    Beware of Toilet Paper
Reviled for leaching through water bottles and baby bottles, Bisphenol A can also appear where you’d least expect it. This article lists store receipts, packaging and toiler paper as BPA carriers. (Source: NOW)
5.    Green Design Innovation
A new project from Argentinean architects is bringing sustainable and green housing to the world’s poorest cities. Casa Huerta (Orchard House) combines small-scale greenhouses and vertical farms in a bid to increase quality of life and gardening skills in impoverished communities. (Source: PSFK)
6.    Wasteful Ways Recovered
A recent study has found that travelers need more incentive to stay environmentally friendly while on the road. The study found that even those people who practice green initiatives at home are likely to drop their habits while traveling. (Source: GreenBiz)