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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

What Is the Fallout When a Government Pulls the Plug on Its Cap and Trade?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Jul 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM


Months after the Ford government dismantled Ontario’s Cap and Trade (C&T) program, it seemed it would be a godsend to businesses that it had been killed. But, in fact, it was the opposite. At the packed two-day forum in Toronto on carbon pricing, there was no echo of the political rhetoric that the carbon tax/cap and trade was a job-killer. Instead, worried industry leaders lamented that without a price on carbon, jobs, and their competitive edge would be lost. So how did they adapt to the uncertainty in the new slash-and-burn political landscape in Ontario?

Is Ontario Better Off with the Federal Carbon Tax, or Reinstating Its Cap and Trade?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Dec 4, 2018 10:00:00 AM


When the Canadian government announced its carbon tax (CT) for the four provinces that had not implemented their own approved equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reducing programs, this included Ontario. The newly elected Ford government of Ontario had recently dismantled its transparent, accountable, and effective cap and trade (C&T), but had no replacement plan.

5 Easy Changes That Reduced My Plastic Consumption—with Big Impacts

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Nov 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM


When the G7 Ministers of the Environment recently met in Halifax, Nova Scotia to specifically discuss the big problem of plastic garbage clogging our oceans around the world, it was mainly because scientists found that it finds its way into our own food chain. Plastics break down into small particles that look like food to fish. They ingest it and digest it, and they, in turn are eaten by us, or more importantly, our children. The ministers were told a plastic bag takes 500 years to break down, and the use of plastics is increasing, not decreasing, which means the problem will only get bigger if nothing is done.

What are the Differences Between Cap and Trade, Carbon Taxes, and Doing Nothing?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Oct 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM


There is a lot of confusion between cap and trade and a carbon tax. More governments are implementing one or the other to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the cost of severe weather events, as doing nothing about climate change is becoming unaffordable. This post explains their differences, and why cap and trade is the better option – hands down.

How Accurate are the Ford Government’s Numbers to Dismantle the Cap-and-Trade Program?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Sep 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM


One of the first actions the new Conservative government of Ontario took was to start dismantling the cap-and-trade program—an electoral promise made by Premier Ford when he interchangeably called the program a "carbon tax." A C&T program is in fact an economic policy with a controlled carbon market—and not a carbon tax. Since Mr. Ford never produced a campaign platform, there has not been a thorough examination of this action in terms of climate change preparedness for the province, nor the total cost to dismantle it. There was, however, a hastily produced slide deck presented to the C&T stakeholders regarding their termination costs. The way the Ford government makes CAD$3.88 billion disappear into a $5 million pay-out deserves further examination.

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.