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Bunker Fuel Having Hazardous Effects

Posted by Blake Nijs on October 4 at 7:55 AM  Bunker fuel is the left over oil and particles from this process, composed of asphaltenes, waxes, and other very large molecules. The residual crude oil is then burned in large ships, leaving behind hazardous emissions. Topics: energy, sustainability        16 Comments Read Full Post

Is Being Green A Trend?

Posted by Blake Nijs on September 16 at 8:00 AM Is being green a fad? Have we topped out our desire to make sustainable choices?  I fear the fad label we are seeing is because all the easy options to be green now are done, all that is left is the now are the hard meaningful choices. Topics: recycling, sustainability        15 Comments Read Full Post

Alternative Fuels: Part 3 Bio-diesel

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 26 at 6:00 AM  Most bio-diesel is a fuel mixture made of animal fats, corn or waste cooking oil in combination with diesel fuel. The percentage of mix is dependent on the application in which it is being used. Most bio-diesel is 5% bio-oil and 95% diesel. All of the additives in bio-diesel are filtered and cleaned to ensure that they do not cause harm to any of the mechanical components of the engines. The best part of this is that it reduces green house gas emissions by up to 60% depending on what was used to create the mixture. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        14 Comments Read Full Post

Alternative Fuels: Part 2 Ethanol

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 10 at 8:00 AM  An alternative fuel that has been around for more than a decade is ethanol. My personal experience with ethanol is limited. Every now and then I see a decal on the side of a S.U.V. while walking downtown claiming ethanol capabilities. I truly have never actually seen a recreational vehicle running on one of the many various mixes of ethanol and gas. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        13 Comments Read Full Post

Alternative Fuels - Part 1 Hydrogen

Posted by Blake Nijs on August 4 at 10:00 AM  Our reliance on oil and gas never dissipates, even with alternative fuels that have been around for years. These alternative fuels seem to come and go as quickly as they were developed. The most recent to be publicly broadcasted were: Hydrogen, Ethanol and Bio diesel.


Topics: energy, sustainability        10 Comments Read Full Post

Rainwater is an oft forgotten resource

Posted by Blake Nijs on July 15 at 3:00 PM  Rainwater is an often forgotten resource. Many buildings use sanitized city water to run their toilets and urinals. This may not sound very harmful to the environment however nearly one-third of water usage is used to flush waste. Granted there have been innovations such as low flow toilets, we are still flushing drinking water down the drains.  Topics: recycling, sustainability        9 Comments Read Full Post

The Recycling Race

Posted by Blake Nijs on July 1 at 6:00 AM I constantly am looking for people with new and inventive ways to help sustain our Planet’s resources. My past blogs have mentioned many new technologies and their benefits to our society. Now I pose a question to the readers; what are your ideas?  Topics: recycling, strategy, sustainability        13 Comments Read Full Post

Solar Panels in Residential Homes

Posted by Blake Nijs on June 24 at 5:00 PM Homeowners usually dismiss solar panels as a viable energy source as this technology can be very expensive.  Lately companies have started producing more inexpensive solar panels, which people can also lease, in so providing an alternative to paying the full purchase price.  This creates an opportunity for average income homeowners to install solar panels and save an average of 15% on their electricity costs.  Topics: energy, sustainability        22 Comments Read Full Post

Marine Recycling and Sustainability

Posted by Blake Nijs on June 3 at 1:30 AM Fiberglass has been used to construct the hulls of boats for many years.  Unfortunately the only way to disposing of these boats, was to drag them to the closest dump where they would only be left to pile up in our landfills.  Recently, Sandy Cove Marine of Ontario has developed a exciting new way to recycle these boats. Topics: recycling, strategy, sustainability        8 Comments Read Full Post

Architecture Innovations

Posted by Blake Nijs on May 27 at 2:30 PM Innovations today are seemingly endless.  You purchase a new phone and three days later is obsolete.  However, there is one area of technology that I feel is moving slower than the rest, architectural design for residential housing.  Since the 1950s it is there hasn’t been many substantial improvements in design, for the most part it appears to be at a standstill.  Isn’t it time for some new and more eco-friendly alternatives?

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Green Cabs in Calgary

Posted by Blake Nijs on May 20 at 12:00 AM  There are a few hybrid cabs in Calgary but not nearly enough.  The question I have for the city of Calgary is why it is taking so long to become environmentally friendly?  Cities such as Vancouver and Toronto both have developed hybrid services that are already taking the steps towards becoming greener. 

Topics: sustainability        7 Comments Read Full Post
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