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Sharolyn Vettese

Sharolyn Vettese For 12 years, Sharolyn was the volunteer co-chair of the YongeStreen Area Ratepayer Associations in Toronto, a coalition of community representatives that participated in urban re-development to create a new city center. She also enjoyed mentoring a national Top 20 Under 20™ award recipient.

A co-founder of Wind Simplicity™, her company manufactures products with a sustainable product lifecycle. A small wind turbine entrepreneur who supports onsite electricity generation, Sharolyn owns several patents, and is a practitioner and supporter of triple-bottom-line accounting that values the planet and people as well as profit.

The host of The Earth Guardian Radio Show, she promoted individuals with innovative approaches in tackling the challenge of climate change.

As a mother, Sharolyn is deeply concerned about climate change and she hopes to inspire more and more people to help to minimize human impact on the planet inorder to secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Recent Posts

Pension Plans Are Driving Sustainability Reporting

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jul 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Kinder Morgan, a publicly-traded company known for its controversial Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline through British Columbia, recently made another news headline: Shareholders voted against the Board of Directors’ recommendation to reject a shareholder’s resolution to adopt GRIS reporting guidelines for its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. How did this shareholder revolt happen?

Fine-tuning the Thermostat Saved 25% in Heating Costs

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on May 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM


After too many complaints about an overheated sleep under a duvet, especially in a hotel where the duvet guarantees the worst sleep ever from being too hot with it and then too cold without it, this became an opportunity to conserve energy. I saved more than 25% on heating costs from the same time last February by fine-tuning the programmable thermostat using the duvet as a guide.

What is the Downside to Cap and Trade?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Apr 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Since Ontario started its cap and trade program on January 1, 2017, it has generated CAD$2.4 billion dollars in revenue for the province in 5 auctions - money allocated for carbon reducing projects. But, what about the downside? From what I can see, there is very little, but it still needs to be addressed.

This extreme cold snap is great for what?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Feb 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Although it is face-numbing to endure an extended cold snap of -20C or more (more than -4F), that we have had for several weeks so far this winter, it is a great opportunity to seek and seal the energy leaks in your home because the 40-degree difference between the outside and inside temperatures (about 22C or 72F) is so extreme that they are easier to find. If you find and seal them now, your air conditioner will not have to be on as often, or as long because there will be less hot air getting into your home.

Ontario Now Has the Second Largest Cap and Trade Market in the World!

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jan 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM


The second largest carbon market in the world was created on January 1, 2018 when Ontario’s cap and trade program was linked with those of California and Quebec in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). This means Ontario, California, and Quebec will be holding joint auctions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allowances, and also have harmonized regulations and reporting. The international provincial and state governments’ announcement made on September 22, 2017 pledged for them to work cooperatively. By doing so, they are effectively bypassing climate action delays or inaction at the federal level of government, and already this has had an impact on other international cap and trade programs.

Climate Change and the Fast-Vanishing Land North of the Arctic Circle

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Dec 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM


It was in 2000 when I saw cockroaches scurrying around the left-over campfire in Ontario’s Killarney provincial park that I started observing the effects of climate change. I had gone backpacking with my son and sister, and until then, I thought one of the benefits of the cold Canadian winter was that it killed off exotic insects. But that anomaly pales with what I saw this summer north of the Arctic Circle where a warming climate is resulting in a rapid loss of land from several causes simultaneously -- namely heat, heavy rains, and shoreline erosion.

Are Natural Disasters Such as Hurricanes the New Normal?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Oct 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM


September 2017 will be remembered as the costliest, most devastating and most terrifying natural disaster month in North America. So many hurricanes and earthquakes were happening sequentially and concurrently. This is now the new normal.

Canadian Businesses Tackle Climate Change via the Low-Carbon Economy

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Oct 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Canadian business leaders, normally a stodgy lot, recognize that climate change has to be addressed, and see the opportunities available in the low-carbon economy. In exchange, they are demanding changes from the federal government to remain competitive. This is welcome news.

If the Cap-and-Trade Charge Is Not a GHG Emissions Tax, Then What Is It?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Aug 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM


When the cap-and-trade charge was added to Ontario consumers’ bills for fuel at the pump, electricity, and natural gas, the public reacted like it was another tax. This is understandable because it looks like a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions tax. Fuel suppliers, electricity importers, and natural gas distributors do not show the cap-and-trade charge as a separate line item like the HST (harmonized sales tax), but consumers have been paying this additional cost since January 2017. It is not shown because the distributors wanted the cap-and-trade charge buried in their delivery charges. If it were easily identified, then at a minimum it would have informed consumers that the government is dealing with the cost of climate change. But, it is more complicated than that.

Why the Ontario Cap and Trade Program is Here to Stay

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jun 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Some in the business community are uncertain whether the Ontario Cap and Trade (CT) program will survive a Progressive Conservative win in the provincial election scheduled next year, but there is no need to worry. Like previous politicians riding on voters’ anger, the rhetoric is replaced by bluster once elected because the revenue stream is too vital to be terminated. This happened in the First World War when the Canadian government implemented a temporary tax on income, and more recently the reviled Goods and Services Tax (GST). Both are alive and well today, decades after their initial implementations. Lessons learned from the past are transparency and communication, and so far the Ontario government is doing that with the CT program, with good results in reducing GHG emissions. But, let’s take a closer look.