Who knew environmentalists were so funny?

You have to laugh. Laughter creates energy, breaks tension, and cuts big things down to size. We haven’t seen anything bigger than the climate crisis (climate change’s newer and more appropriately urgent name), so a little laughter goes a long way.  

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Let’s Talk Trees!

The Importance of Street Trees and Green Infrastructure for Our Health

Streets Trees on Elizabeth Ave, Toronto [Credit: Lauren South 2019]

Toronto is a unique city, full of natural areas including an extensive ravine system, many Continue reading

Patients, Pollinators and Emergency Power – A UHN Garden Story

Once upon a time, for two years actually, there was an enormous hole in the ground right in front of Toronto General Hospital at Elizabeth and Gerrard. This giant crater was originally created to install two new 90,000-liter diesel fuel storage tanks to serve four emergency generator rooms at Toronto General Hospital. This is really important to keep the lights on and patients cared for in the event of a blackout.

Figure 1: The before (left) and after (right) pictures of new Toronto General Hospital Garden.

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Last Straw = First Move

image credit reddit.com madasdfs

It started with an image of a turtle and a straw (and the turtle was definitely NOT enjoying a salted caramel frappuccino). The image enraged millions to just say no to Continue reading

It’s a wrap!

After an amazing eight months, I am sad to say my co-op term with the Energy and Environment department has come to an end. My time here has been more than anything I could have imagined. It made me realize how important it is to not only be informed, but also educate the ones around you on what day to day steps can be taken to preserve the environment and reduce energy usage.

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Good News, We’re Getting Retro

Hi All,

I’m back with a good news. UHN has been approved for a decent RCx fund from Natural Continue reading

Co-op Tales from UHN

Hi everyone! My name is Alondra Garcia, a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto in the Environmental Sciences program, and for the last four months I was the sustainability intern here at UHN. As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and so does my placement here. Before saying my goodbye, I’d like to tell you a little Continue reading