Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the Greenest of them all?

As Canada settles in to observe Earth Day 2009, the rankings have been released and British Columbians can take their bows while they go about their Earth Day activities, as this province has been named the greenest of Canada's provinces and territories.

BC receives its top marks because of the dedication in this province towards such things as green jobs, green buildings, organic food and energy efficiency.

And while we walk around self assured in our concern over the environment, we should take a moment to spread the work perhaps, as it seems that the further east you live the less involved you are likely to be in matters environmental.

Among the bottom of the eco friendly listings are Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, New Brunswick and dead last with a grade of F is Prince Edward Island.

It seems that the eastern province doesn't give much thought to such things as energy efficiency, has a high dependency on cars, and features a lack of protected land and few certified green buildings.

Details on PEI's shaming and BC's praise can be found in Corporate Knights Magazine which looked at 10 environmental categories to come up with the Canadian Green index.

Before we get too excited about our ranking however, one cautionary note, the letter grade from Corporate Knights is only a C+, which is good, but as any good teacher might tell you clearly suggests that room for improvement exists...

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