Episode 146: What is Fast Furniture? Solutions for Furniture Waste with Jamie Facciola from Furniturecycle
It's time to shift how you think about used furniture. Jamie Facciola from Furniturecycle joins us on the podcast this week to talk about the catalyst to launch Furniturecycle, how her lived experience informs her work, and some interesting learnings so far.
Jamie Facciola is an award-winning social entrepreneur whose work on developing local solutions to circular economy challenges has been covered in BBC News, Fast Company, and GreenBiz. Her professional background is in environmental science and corporate environmental management. She is on the Board of the National Upholstery Association, and holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB.
Corey Diamond, Executive Director of Efficiency Canada, joins Casey for a conversation about his background, his work and opportunities for us to influence policy and make a difference!
Corey has more than two decades of experience leading social change organizations focused on engaging people to take action on critical environmental and social issues. He was previously the COO and Partner of global consulting firm, Realized Worth, a company focused on the design and implementation of corporate volunteering and giving programs. Corey also spent 10 years helping to lead Summerhill, a national firm focused on engaging the public on energy efficiency behaviours. Corey volunteers his time on a number of boards and committees. An avid reader, record collector and musician, his greatest passion is hugging trees and travelling the world with his family.
Ross Elliott joins Casey for an engaging conversation where he shares his experience from 40+ years in the field of green building. Ross was formerly the owner of Homesol, who we use for all of our energy advising, and he is now retired and spends time gathering sap to produce maple syrup. He shares his experience building and living in a Net Zero home, what's going on during maple syrup season on his 5 acre organic farmstead, 4Syte and the future of indigenous housing.
Chris Ballard from Passive House Canada joins Casey Grey for an interview on episode 142 of The Conscious Builder Podcast.
We discuss the current climate crisis, the future of new builds and making existing properties more energy efficient, building to the Passive House standard to reduce energy and environmental impact, and what our role as individuals is in supporting this movement.
Chris Ballard has a history of supporting environmental and land use causes, most recently as the Ontario’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change implementing the government’s plan for a clean environment and a sustainable economy. He also served as the Minister of Housing and the Minister responsible for Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy and Member of the Treasury Board. Chris is a past Executive Director of the 60,000 member Consumers’ Association of Canada (Ontario) and a founding board member of the Consumers Council of Canada. His leadership in journalism, communications and public affairs includes terms as President and Board member of the Public Affairs Association of Canada.
Dan Seguin interviews Casey about high performance homes and the steps it takes to shift to varying degrees of eco-conscious living. They discuss how passive homes compare to a so-called "regular house" and what homeowners can expect with respect to their carbon footprint and future energy bills.
This interview was originally recorded for the Think Energy Podcast. This is a replay of the episode.
Think Energy Podcast
Casey Grey is back to answer another question from a viewer. This week he answers the difference between an air barrier and a vapour barrier.
If you have a question, let us know and we will feature it on an upcoming episode!
Full video on Youtube
Episode 132: The Design and Build Industry is Fuelling a Culture of Waste (+ What We Can Do!) with Katie Storey
Did you know that 500 million tons of construction and demolition debris is generated annually in the US? Did you know that each year 12.2 million tons of furniture and furnishings end up in landfills?
Those are big numbers! The good news is that the Good Future Design Alliance is developing a solution. Founder, Katie Storey, joins us today for an interview to give us more information. In this conversation we talk about making the shift to a career you love no matter what stage of life you are in, the amount of waste in the design and building industry, the GFDA's mission to reduce waste, and the impacts if we don't change.
Casey is back to answer another question from a viewer. This week we are talking about solar panels.
Are solar panels really a green option?
How much energy goes into making them?
If you have a question let us know and we will feature it on an upcoming episode!
Are Solar Panels Really a Green Option? on Youtube
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live in a Passive House? Simply put... it's awesome! But I'm sure you want to know more than that. Our speciality is in building healthy, comfortable, and efficient homes which is really difficult to put into a pretty picture on Instagram! It's something you need to experience for yourself. Casey shares what it was like living in a Passive House for 4 years.
VIDEO - What It's Like Living in a Passive House
Alexx Stuart interviewed two builders a few weeks back. First up, Casey Grey, aka the Conscious Builder. Casey was born to build as demonstrated by a voracious lego habit as a child, a passion for construction and seeing how things fit together, leading to his first job in construction at 17 and his own construction business a few years later. One day asking “WHY?” he realized he wanted to fulfill a bigger purpose than simply building houses for people, but making the experience a conscious, low impact one from start to finish: The Conscious Builder was born and the rest is history. We talk passive house, building materials, renovation vs building pitfalls, and more on today’s show.
This interview was originally recorded for the Low Tox Life Podcast with Alexx Stuart. This is a replay of the episode.
Alexx Stuart is an educator and change agent who founded Low Tox Life in 2010 after seeing the lack of transparency in our food system, personal care and cleaning products. The Low Tox Life provides real support for real people wanting to make better choices for their health and our planet.