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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

James Cameron & the 'Avatarsands'

Posted by Stacy Richter on September 29 at 12:00 AM  Alberta gets the word directly from the horses mouth.  James Cameron spent a couple of days in Northern AB touring bitumen (oilsands) mining and reclamation sites.  Part of his visit included a sit down with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach (sorry about that James) and a live press conference in Edmonton.  I would have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Cameron's statements and position about development of the oilsands. Topics: energy, sustainability        53 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

Sustainability in Oil & Gas is much more than Environmental Performance

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 23 at 6:00 AM Guest blogger Colin Anton (CHRP, MBA) explains that sustainability in the oil and gas industry means much more than managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions or water usage.  True sustainability in oil and gas also relies on the communities in which we operate. Especially if we are dedicated to a 3BL approach; people, planet, profit. 

Topics: energy, sustainability        14 Comments Read Full Post

SocialCycling Certification Process

Posted by Jason Warnock on June 9 at 6:00 PM

With the tremendous growth and interest in the SocialCycling® program over the last few months, we stop to touch base with Ian Radzichowsky a Certified Environmental Practitioner in Waste Management (CCEP) with the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board and one of the architects of the SocialCycling Certification process on why SocialCycling differs from other reclamation and reuse programs.

Topics: recycling, strategy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Communicating Sustainability in Oil & Gas - Part Dos; Through Mixed Media

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 7 at 6:00 AM In my last post, I looked at communicating sustainability in oil & gas through creative design and we observed what CAPP is doing to change the landscape.  Part II of our review will the importance of communicating sustainability in oil & gas through mixed media.   Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        7 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

Communicating Sustainability in Oil & Gas - Part Uno; Through Creative Design

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 1 at 6:00 AM Over the last year I have been pretty critical of Big Oil’s communication efforts; for good reasons. I have been pretty active on Twitter spreading ideals like transparency, trust, authenticity and engagement.  Those demonstrating the opposite have no doubt received a tongue lashing and those communicating with these ideals as a backbone have, well, likely gone unnoticed.   Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        3 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?

Photo From www.kyuche.com
Topics: recycling, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Calgary the #1 Eco-city in the World?

Posted by Jason Warnock on May 27 at 10:00 AM Mercer released their world wide rankings on the top “Eco-City” and “Quality of Living” cities this week and a surprising choice led the Eco-City rankings; Calgary the oil and gas hub for Canada and the corporate head of all things oil sands.
Topics: leadership, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Working Towards GreenBuild 2010

Posted by Jason Warnock on May 25 at 2:00 PM After years of working with clients navigating the ins and outs of the LEED rating system it is certainly very interesting to step across the other side of the looking glass and work directly with the Unites States Green Building Council (USGBC). Topics: leed, strategy, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

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

How Social Media exasperated BP’s image after the Gulf spill.

Posted by Stacy Richter on May 10 at 3:15 PM  In February, guest blogger Gina Miller from @DMDInsight provided us with a detailed snap shot of social media in oil and gas.  The snap shot included analysis comparing share of voice, share of media type and social media breakdown between Exxon and BP.

Lots has happened since February (read: Gulf Coast Oil Spill) and the social media sphere has been going crazy with content.  Our follow up analysis demonstrates how quickly and drastically the discussion changes with world events.  The Gulf oil spill is a terrible disaster indeed.  Never before has the news traveled the world as quickly as it has since the proliferation of social media.

Topics: energy, sustainability        10 Comments Read Full Post

Green Mother's Day

Posted by Jason Warnock on May 7 at 12:00 PM After our successful Earth Day Challenge this month, it got me thinking about other events and holidays and what I could be doing to make these days a little “greener” as well.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner what are some other tips we could all use to be a little more earth conscious this May 9th.
Topics: sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

The Twelve Days of Earth Day

Posted by Jason Warnock on April 9 at 9:00 AM What small changes can you make in your life to be a little greener leading up to Earth Day? Topics: strategy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

5 Reasons Why Life Cycle Analysis is Crucial to Product Design

Posted by Andrew Personette on December 11 at 5:49 PM 1.The majority of the environmental lock in happens in the concept phase. (see diagram adapted from pg. 14, Design + Environment: A Global Guide to Designing Greener Goods, by Helen Lewis, John Gertsakis). If you don't get your designers some useful direction, they will nail you to an anti-eco cross, and they were probably trying to do the "right thing".

environmental lock-in
Topics: strategy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Social Media = Success for SocialCycling™ (@Social_Cycling)

Posted by Stacy Richter on December 2 at 5:00 AM
 I have become truly awakened to the power of Social Media and what it really means to businesses.  SocialCycling™ has really taken off as a result of the work of a great team at DMD Insight (@DMDInsight) and social media outlets like twitter.  I’ve had a little trouble buying into the concept of Social Media until now.
Topics: recycling, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA); Designing better inputs for better outputs.

Posted by Stacy Richter on November 23 at 6:00 AM A little over a week ago DMD Green launched SocialCycling at Greenbuild in Phoenix, AZ. The launch raised one big question in my mind; why do manufacturers, builders, architects and contractors still use difficult or impossible to recycle materials in their projects? Kind of a garbage in, garbage out mentality. That’s what sparked me to ask Andrew Personette of DMD Green about Life Cycle Analysis.
Topics: leadership, strategy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Are Canadian Oil Sands Worth Environmental Impact? – Tips to managing PR in Oil and Gas

Posted by Stacy Richter on November 17 at 4:30 PM
No Oil. I Want Off Oil. You would never know that these are taglines from a marketing campaign by a carpet manufacturer exhibiting at the Greenbuild Conference and Exhibition last week in Phoenix, AZ. You also may or may not be surprised about a segment that aired on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer) questioning if the impact of producing the oil sands is worth it.
Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        6 Comments Read Full Post

Getting to Know SocialCycling - an interview

Posted by Andrew Personette on November 12 at 12:40 PM

This past week, Jason Warnock and Stacy Richter of DMD Green, Calgary launched a brand new sustainable program and service – SocialCycling.

Since the launch, I’ve had a chance to sit with Jason Warnock, Managing Partner of DMD Green Calgary and get his thoughts on this new service, and the impact it’ll have on companies and producers around the globe...
Topics: leadership, recycling, strategy, sustainability        6 Comments Read Full Post

Oil Sands focus shifting to Environment and Communication

Posted by Stacy Richter on October 9 at 11:20 AM I had the pleasure of attending the Oil Sands Conference and Exhibition late last month and was pleasantly surprised. I was surprised to find out how much the oil and gas industry is actually doing to reduce their impact on the environment. The two biggest topics for discussion were water usage and communication.
Topics: energy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Solving Climate Change is Simple; Less People = Less Pollution... Really.

Posted by Stacy Richter on September 18 at 11:30 AM I stumbled across a topic about solving climate change and was really bothered initially. There are a number of factions that support population control as a means of affecting climate change. When I read about the subject, I immediately began to write my thoughts of disgust that someone could suggest that a person should or could not have children on account of the increased emissions that would occur.
Topics: energy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Are we Paperless or Clueless?

Posted by Jason Warnock on August 23 at 8:00 PM If I asked 10 modern office types about the idea of a “paperless” office and when, in their opinion, was the peak of our paper use in the office, what do you think they would guess? Surely the late 80’s? Perhaps any time in the not too distant past without email, all those letters being sent, memos, that must have used way more paper than now... Right? Or maybe the 60’s with the “Mad Men” style offices, four secretaries for every writer, all that typing and re-typing. Right?
Topics: recycling, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Greenwashing the Oil and Gas industry.

Posted by Stacy Richter on August 5 at 5:15 PM I was reading the summer edition of the Oil and Gas Magazine (which I recommend if you’re in the industry) and something caught my attention. I came across an advertorial for a product claiming a certain level of green product certification from a third party institute. I don’t have a quarrel with either organization (but both will remain nameless) save one; the level of greenwashing in the advert is misleading.
Topics: energy, sustainability        2 Comments Read Full Post

The Battle for Green Supremacy is Won or Lost in the Message

Posted by Stacy Richter on June 29 at 1:00 PM The battle for green supremacy is on the verge of raging as corporations jockey for position in the Green Economy. The winner, in my opinion, is not the company who has the best green alternatives or the most products available. The Green Supremacy will be determined by who tells the most people in the best way possible.
Topics: leadership, strategy, sustainability        2 Comments Read Full Post

Cap and Trade: Follow up with David Collyer, President of CAPP

Posted by Stacy Richter on May 15 at 11:14 AM David Collyer, President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) held an online discussion through the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. Mr. Collyer responded to many questions about several issues and I was able to ask David about his thoughts on a cap and trade system versus carbon credits or a carbon tax.
Topics: energy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Oilsands Opinion Poll Reveals Staggering Results

Posted by Stacy Richter on May 12 at 12:00 PM Byron Chu of the Daily Oil Bulletin reported that the Oil and Gas Industry conducted it's own opinon poll about Canadians' perception of the industry. The results are not surprising;
Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Design Green Now Wins the Green!

Posted by Annie Millican on May 6 at 2:00 AM Design Green Now connects with the online design community and scores big!
Topics: sustainability        11 Comments Read Full Post

Cap and Trade; Good for Environment, Good or Bad for Business?

Posted by Stacy Richter on April 30 at 10:15 PM Like most, I found myself increasingly interested in how the “Cap and Trade” system actually works and what effect it would have on overall business. To provide a little perspective, the EPA issued a memo on Apr 23 on how the Agency will meet its “heightened commitment to transparency.”
Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        8 Comments Read Full Post

SocialCycling™ and Transparency

Posted by Jason Warnock on April 27 at 6:00 PM What are the most important factors in developing trust when embarking on any corporate social or environmental responsibility program? Topics: leadership, recycling, strategy, sustainability        5 Comments Read Full Post

Design Green Now at Parsons

Posted by Carla Colon on April 17 at 12:00 AM Design Green Now wrapped its May panel series this week at Parsons the New School for Design.  Modearted by Metropolis editor-in-chief Susan Szenazy, the New Approaches to Energy event, featured a diverse group of expert panelists, each with unique insights on the energy crisis.
Topics: energy, leadership, sustainability        7 Comments Read Full Post

Q&A with Design Green Now

Posted by Jason Warnock on April 16 at 11:30 PM Andrew Personette and Matt Tyson started Design Green Now in April of 2008 as an avenue to facilitate conversation, education and action amongst those interested in creating a healthy planet. With a successful year 2 now in the books, DMD Green had a chance to sit down with the co-founders to check their thoughts on the state of green conferences today and where they see Design Green Now going in the future. 
Topics: leadership, strategy, sustainability        3 Comments Read Full Post

Rallying and Volleying at Design Green NOW!

Posted by Annie Millican on April 3 at 6:30 PM Design Green Now launched its three-part series of panel discussions exploring innovations in environmentally responsible design this week at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology. I had the pleasure of attending both events, which invoked the investigative spirit to examine material use and waste reclamation in design... Topics: energy, leadership, leed, recycling, strategy, sustainability        9 Comments Read Full Post

Energy Efficiency begins at the Window

Posted by Jason Warnock on March 2 at 2:00 PM As the new economic stimulus package goes into law and the nearly $20 billion earmarked for programs like improving the efficiency of government buildings and the homes of the poor stays  focused at trying to find better ways to save energy, perhaps the easiest place to start is at the window.  Topics: energy, sustainability        1 Comment Read Full Post

Alberta PR Machine spins too slowly for Obama’s Canadian Visit

Posted by Jason Warnock on February 19 at 6:00 PM With US President meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper today to discuss the oil sands and the current Canadian initiatives to cap and sequester the carbon emissions of this perceived “dirty oil”, Alberta’s public relations reacts with new rules on water and site reclamation.  Too little too late? Topics: energy, leadership, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

"Social-Cycling"

Posted by Jason Warnock on February 13 at 12:00 PM As marketers our environmental efforts are often focused on the material and carbon contribution of our products or services.  There are numerous green rating systems out there that tell us what the total VOC content is or the post-consumer recycled content or even the carbon dioxide contribution based on transport and production.  Are we missing out on perhaps and even more important one, how can our materials affect and quite possibly improve the lives of people around the world? Topics: leadership, recycling, sustainability        7 Comments Read Full Post

Alberta's "Dirty Oil" is in Obama's Sights

Posted by Jason Warnock on February 9 at 2:00 PM With President Obama's campaign talk of Alberta's oil sands as an "open question" in regards to how this will fit in to the new US cleaner energy plan, Canada's most oil rich province should take notice.  As the oil sand process of extraction often produces 3X as much carbon as traditional drilling the commitment of Alberta's upstream development companies should be focused on finding cleaner ways to do business. Topics: energy, strategy, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post

Last In... First Out

Posted by Jason Warnock on February 7 at 1:00 PM What does a reverse order inventory evaluation have to do with sustainability?  Unfortunately for the Hospitality Industry it appears to be an all too common course of action for all their green programs.  The acceptability of "Eco-Luxury" properties was just beginning to sneak into the mainstream when the collapse of the economy nearly shut down and basically reversed most of this progress.  Topics: leadership, sustainability        4 Comments Read Full Post
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