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What is a Photovoltaic Cell?

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
Photovoltaic cells generate cheap and green electricity from sunlight.

What is causing southern resident orca populations to decline?

Extinction is feared due to declining birth rates as a result of a lack of salmon.
Source

What effect does lighting have on health?

Lighting affects the body’s natural circadian rhythm and can create sleep and mood disorders and has been linked to certain types of cancer and creates stress in the system.

How many islands are in the Salish Sea?

There are 419 islands in the Salish Sea.
Learn more about the Salish Sea from the Seadoc Society.

What is a "foldscope"?

A makeshift microscope made of paper used in field work.
Learn more about this handy origami from Manu Prakash’s TED Talk.

What is a major way commercial buildings can save on energy?

Replace existing lighting with energy efficient lighting, install custom controls to reduce lighting usage and monitor usage.

How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?

If electricity costs $0.11 per kWh and the vehicle consumes 34 kWh to travel 100 miles, the cost per mile is about $0.04.

If electricity costs $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, charging an all-electric vehicle with a 70-mile range (assuming a fully depleted 24 kWh battery) will cost about $2.64 to reach a full charge.

What is the International Dark Sky Association?

The International Dark Sky Association is an organization created to protect the night sky and fragile ecosystems from stray light pollution by educating people on the affects of light pollution.

How does stray light affect environment and ecosystems?

Stray light can affect the migratory patterns of certain animals, has shortened the growing season of trees by up to three weeks and causes disorientation in birds, resulting in the death of millions of birds per year flying into illuminated buildings.

LEED Building Certification

Information courtesy of the Canada Green Building Council

Buildings generate up to 35 per cent of all greenhouse gases, 35 per cent of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition activities, and up to 70 per cent of municipal water is consumed in and around buildings. It’s clear that making buildings greener can have a significant impact on larger environmental goals.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in over 160 countries. Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) and LEED Canada have been redefining the buildings and communities where Canadians live, work and learn.

LEED works because it recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction and operation. Since 2004, the CaGBC has certified over 2,800 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 5,000 – with the second highest number of LEED projects anywhere in the world.

Green buildings create a healthier indoor environment for occupants through better indoor air quality, less harmful products, and more natural daylight. They also reduce waste, conserve energy, decrease water consumption, and drive innovation. All of this can positively affect your bottom line and boost productivity.

Click Here To See LEED Requirements

Sustainable Sites:
Erosion & Sedimentation Control
Site Selection
Development Density
Redevelopment of Contaminated Sites
Alternative Transportation
Reduced Site Disturbance
Stormwater Management
Heat Island Effect
Light Pollution Reduction

Water Efficiency:
Water Efficient Landscaping
Innovative Wastewater Technologies
Water Use Reduction

Energy & Atmosphere:
Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning
Minimum Energy Performance
CFC Reduction in HVAC&R Equipment
Optimize Energy Performance
Renewable Energy
Best Practice Commissioning
Ozone Protection
Measurement & Verification
Green Power

Material & Resources:
Storage & Collection of Recyclables
Building Reuse
Construction Waste Management
Resource Reuse
Recycled Content
Regional Materials
Rapidly Renewable Materials
Certified Wood
Durable Building

Indoor Environmental Quality:
Minimum IAQ Performance
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Monitoring
Ventilation Effectiveness
Construction IAQ Management Plan
Low-Emitting Materials
Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Source Control
Controllability of Systems
Thermal Comfort
Daylight & Views

Innovation & Design Process:
Innovation in Design
LEED Accredited Professional

Sustainability Solutions

Individual

  • Zero in on zero waste, question consumption
  • Repair, reuse then recycle
  • Refuse extra packaging and plastic (from plastic straws to cups)
  • Use a waterbottle vs buying bottled water
  • Choose recyclable products over disposable
  • Air and sun dry your laundry vs using your dryer as often as you can
  • Buy energy efficient light bulbs

Community

  • Organize or volunteer with grassroot movements that support your community to be happier, healthier and more resilient
  • Write letters in support of causes, great organizations
  • Put your talents to good use by sharing them helping your community
  • Join a board, community group, attend council meetings, be engaged and aware
  • If you can’t volunteer time, donate money to those organizations doing the hero work

Global

  • Exchange experiences and support great ideas by discussing and sharing them with others
  • Be part of a larger global conversation by being aware and involved in organizations such as Avaaz, Walkfree.org
  • Invest in renewable energy
  • Cut emissions from transportation and travel
  • Focus on local food security
  • Choose fair trade first