Farmer promotes biodiesel plant

A group of more than 30 farmers gathered in Charlottetown Wednesday night to explore the possibility of building their own biodiesel plant. The proposal is for the plant to be owned by farmers. It would crush oil from canola grown by Island farmers and mix it with diesel to create a fuel that could run…

Greeing the campus

The decision to hire a person to direct campus sustainability represents a significant step toward developing the awareness, policies and practices that will help us move toward “greening UPEI” and toward a campus culture grounded in sustainability values. We look forward the exciting possibility of UPEI becoming a leader in both the teaching and practice…

Pesticides are what is killing our kids

Rural PEI is an unlikely hotbed of rare cancers, and one doctor has made it his mission to raise awareness about the potential health hazard posed by pesticides used on the region’s potato farms.

ElectricGreen News – OCTOBER 28, 2006

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Charlottetown group petitions Ottawa to save green space

A group of Charlottetown residents has sent a 700-signature petition to Ottawa asking government to leave the Upton Farm property on the western edge of the city as green space. Canada Lands Company already has city council’s approval to begin the first phase of development for the 105-hectare property. They’re building 200 to 400 residential…

Bad sign in P.E.I. environmental group’s fight against pesticide use

An environmental group’s yard signs criticizing the use of pesticides have been removed by Charlottetown workers in advance of the Nov. 6 municipal election because they violate a zoning bylaw, a planning department spokesman says. The city is constantly trying to keep on top of sign violators by sending letters and taking signs down, says…

Summerside commits to wind energy

The City of Summerside has signed a contract with Ventus Energy to buy enough electricity to serve 23 per cent of its needs for the next 20 years. Ventus Energy will begin building a 99 MW wind farm next week at West Cape, on the southwest corner of P.E.I., which will serve the Summerside contract.

Anti-pesticide groups differ on education methods

The P.E.I. Environmental Health Co-operative is distancing itself from another group that has pledged to get tough with users of cosmetic pesticides. Marion Copleston, president of the co-operative, said she has written a letter to Charlottetown city council noting her discomfort with the approach adopted by Pesticide Watch.

P.E.I. air could take fatal toll

Smog could kill 48 Islanders this year, according to estimates released at a news conference Tuesday by the Medical Society of P.E.I.

UPEI Energy Awareness Program

Do you know how much money UPEI spends on energy consumption? Do you know the impact our energy use is having on our community, and ourselves? To answer these and many more questions on energy use, consumption, and awareness, UPEI is launching its campus Energy Awareness Program.

Proposal to create natural area in Tracadie Cross

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — The Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry is inviting public comment on its proposal to designate a 57-hectare (140-acre) area of public land in Tracadie Cross under the Natural Areas Protection Act.

Leatherback washes up in Malpeque

A dead leatherback turtle was recovered Tuesday on the shores of Malpeque Bay. It was first spotted last week, but it took some time for conservation officers to locate the body.

Bag tax on city agenda

Charlottetown’s environmental issues committee wants to ask the province to impose a tax on plastic shopping bags.

Murphy keen on green buses

Provincial Treasurer Mitch Murphy says he’s interested in exploring the idea of buying environmentally friendly school buses.

Dry winter hurting water levels

A dry winter has led to near record lows for the province’s groundwater. Groundwater levels usually rise significantly this time of year as the snow melts, but this year there was no snow to melt and refill the province’s aquifers.

Turbines move for the birds

P.E.I. birdwatchers are celebrating a victory. The provincial government has agreed to move several wind turbines away from East Point.

Rinks save green by going green

P.E.I. rink managers are implementing conservation measures which are saving them big money. Rising electricity prices and a milder winter have meant some hefty costs for arenas across the Island, but many rinks are more than making that up.