A Year in the Life of Energy and Environment

When people ask about our group, Energy & Environment, I wax philosophical on the interconnectedness of healthy people and a healthy planet … that also happens whether or not anyone’s asking :). Beyond the philosophical, there’s a lot of nitty-gritty work, planning and collaboration that goes into it. Our infographic “year in the life” (aka, annual report 2016) is a more colourful look at how we support patient care through a sustainable environment. Enjoy taking a stroll through the scroll …

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The indoor environment affects your health, here’s what you can do about it:

The indoor environment affects your health, here’s what you can do about it:

A snake plant, pictured above, is one of the many plants that can naturally filter your air.  Near the end of this article there’s a link to six other plants that are also great air filters.

Making an indoor environment healthy for human occupants is not as simple as it seems.   There are Continue reading

Who knew scientists were so funny?

With events like Earth Week, we’re reminded of some classic tenets like “Think Global, Act Local”, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, and “I am not a Treehugger. I am an Arboreal Embracement Engineer” … the last one’s not common, but should be :). This year, the messaging grew bigger. Continue reading

TURN ON the voting! (to TURN OFF the lights)

Wow … so overwhelmed with designs to help that energy saving message stick! Check out the top 12 contestants in our Light Switch Plate Design Contest and vote for your favorite. You can also vote on site at the Earth Week Booths.

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Spring Greening

Now that we are groggily emerging from our hibernation of sitting on the couch in a Snuggie and binge TV watching while eating cookie dough ice cream, it’s time to think about spring cleaning. On second thought, sweeping the garage, sorting old junk, and throwing mittens in a drawer sounds awful – let’s talk about spring greening instead! Here are a few tips for an energy efficient spring and summer: Continue reading

Tropical mini-vacations for everyone!

It looks  as if winter is not ready to leave, and its icy paws are holding on as much as possible. Luckily for me , amidst that snow storm we had a couple of weeks ago, I was able to escape the cold and spent some time in warmer climates, surrounded by palms, banana trees, orchids, cacti and other exotic plants. In fact this all took place just in one day ! Now you might be wondering how in the world is that possible? Trust me it totally is.

 

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Proof that I saw some cacti

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