Event Description:

Lisa Ward, Coordinator, Multicultural Program, gave a presentation on Energy Conservation as part of the Positive Living Series speaker sessions.

Lisa presented on:

  • History of Toronto and Region Conservation
  • Toronto and Region Conservation formed as a result of Hurricane Hazel storm in 1954. They are responsible for protecting nature.
  • We discussed the different types of energies, such as Solar Energy. Passive Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Hydro Energy, Hydro Electric Energy, Geothermal Energy, Fossil Fuels – Coal, Fossil Fuel – Oil Sands, Fossil Fuels – Natural Gas and Nuclear Energy
  • We discussed the negative effects of Wind Turbines on birds and humans living close to them
  • We talked about Oil Sands in Western Canada, the Keystone project and the impact on the environment in Canada
  • We discussed Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural gas and the risks of methane gas polluting underground water supply – aquifer. In some cases, farmers can no longer use the water. The water can become flammable.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing is also said to cause earthquakes.
  • Oil, Gas and Coal are leading sources for Global energy consumption
  • We did an exercise to understand our appliances and the energy that they consume
  • We reviewed the different peak times and the associated billings

Energy Conservation Tips:

  • Applying weather stripping during winter season to conserve energy
  • Unplug phone chargers to save on unnecessary use
  • Use power bars to reduce phantom energy use
  • Look for Energy Star ratings on appliances which is government approved
  • Light bulbs and Batteries should not be thrown away due to potential mercury pollution
  • Change lightbulbs to LEDs which use less energy

About the Speaker

Lisa Ward has been working with the Outreach Education and Stewardship department of Toronto and RegionConservation since 2008. Lisa has been an instructor with

the Watershed on Wheels Program, coordinator of theAquatic Plants Program, and coordinator of the Young TreeHealth Monitoring Program. As of January 2014, Lisa has been the coordinator of the Multicultural Connections Program, and engages newcomers to Canada and faith-based organizations in presentations focusing on local environmental issues and conservation actions.