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FEATURED NEWS: $100 million for Ontario cleantech & Green Smart programs
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Funding opportunities abound with SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)—a foundation funded by the Government of Canada—is again offering funding right now for Canadian cleantech development and demonstration projects. This year, it has issued five priority areas for applicants. >> Read full article

Deadline extended for CEM Awards

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has extended the deadline for its global awards program—to recognize organizations using an ISO 50001-certified energy management system to save energy and reduce costs—to March 15, 2016! >> Read full article

Efficiency focus for N.L. building guide

A new guide has been released by the Newfoundland and Labrador Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency to help homeowners and homebuilders incorporate energy efficiency into the construction and renovation of homes and small buildings. >> Read full article

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$100 million for Ontario cleantech & Green Smart programs

$100 million for Ontario cleantech & Green Smart programs

The Ontario government says it is filtering nearly $100-million from its Green Investment Fund into two new projects aimed at boosting energy efficiency. $74 million will go into a “cleantech innovation initiative,” that will encourage “large industrial plants to adopt leading-edge technologies”, and $25 million will be invested in a “Green Smart energy efficiency program to help small and medium-sized businesses”. >> Learn More…


3M celebrates 50 years of window films

50 years ago, 3M designed a window film that, it says, continues to deliver “outstanding sun control, unparalleled comfort and UV protection”. Today, the company provides window films encompassing everything from sun control to safety and security. >> Read full article

RECALL: Lutron’s Serena & Sivoia QS Triathlon shades

Lutron Electronics has issued a recall involving custom-ordered, made-to-measure Serena and Sivoia QS Triathlon roller shades as they may become dislodged from their brackets and fall, posing an impact hazard. >> Read full article

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Cooling systems made from metal muscles that tense and flex

Cooling systems made from metal muscles that tense and flex

Researchers are developing a new method of cooling in which heat and cold are transferred using ‘muscles’ made from a ‘shape memory alloy’, with the aim of achieving a cooling process that does not require climatically harmful refrigerants, and should consume less energy than current technologies. >> Learn more...

 Event Calendar 

Building Energy Summit 2016

Date & Location: Mar. 16 • Washington, D.C.
Info: The 2016 Building Energy Summit is an annual conference designed to educate building owners and operators on energy-efficient technologies and solutions, collaborate on best practices, share successful case studies, and provide the resources needed to take action. This year’s event focuses on the integration of new technologies into building operations—from smart building solutions, to advanced data and analytics, to cloud based monitoring and controls. >> More Info

Business-to-consumer Energy Smart Show 2016

Date & Location: May 14-15 • Mississauga, Ont.
Info: What organizers are calling “the first of its kind,” the Energy Smart Show opens up at the International Centre in Mississauga this coming May. An energy efficiency-focused consumer event, it features exhibits by industry product and service providers, workshops and speakers, thought leaders and field experts, and government incentive program representatives. This “one-stop shop” will offer consumers a chance to learn how to reduce their energy usage and save money—at home, in the car, at the office, at the cottage, in their small business and more. The show is endorsed by the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. >> More Info

EMC and NRCan’s Energy Summit

Date & Location: May 17-18 • Niagara Falls, Ont.
Info: Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Industrial Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) says it is bringing together the country’s leading energy subject-matter-experts, industry leaders and energy efficiency suppliers, to share best practices and the latest innovations in industrial energy efficiency on a national stage. Energy Summit 2016 is building the case for ‘Efficiency Meets Profitability’, providing the latest resources, tools and information essential for Canadian businesses to maximize growth and improve profits, while reducing their environmental impact. >> More Info

2016 BOMA International Annual Conference

Date & Location: June 25-28 • Washington, D.C.
Info: The 2016 BOMA International Annual Conference is focused on best practices and emerging trends or issues, advancements and challenges the commercial real estate industry faces. It attracts over 3000 commercial real estate professionals, organizers say. The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 17 international affiliates. >> More Info

ASHRAE 2016 conference

Date & Location: June 25-29 • St. Louis, Mo.
Info: The ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference will get underway at America’s Center Convention Complex and Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel. “A new ‘Smart Building Systems’ track for this conference addresses the revolution in information technology applied to the built environment,” said Tom Kuehn, conference program chair. Organizers say the event will attract some 2500 conference attendees and meeting participants. >> More Info