Element Village

Element Village is an NGO focused on incubating green,sustainable energy community initiatives. It is called Element Village to celebrate the potential energy elements of air (wind) fire (solar) earth (biomass, geothermal) and water (micro-hydro, and our aquifers)

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Table of contents


To decrease emissions of GHG (greenhouse gases) through initiatives that promote the use of renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels and demand reduction systems and lifestyles.


  • Decrease car use
  • Increase awareness, among property owners of alternatives to fossil fuels, and of the existence of renewable energy and demand-reduction alternatives
  • Deploy of energy-efficient systems by consumers and businesses
  • Develop processes and protocols for successful start-up and organization of such projects
    • Provide jobs and training to skilled workers for integration, installation and servicing of such systems - creating a set of sustainable trades
  • Development of car-sharing programs (see Village Car)
  • Development of urban agriculture initiatives
  • Development of a model for sustainable intentional communities


  • Reduction of 3000 tonnes of GHG emissions by 2007
  • Deployment and installation of 100 energy-reduction systems (solar water heaters, PV, geothermal, wind) in homes and businesses by 2007
  • Provision of full-time employment to n skilled trade workers and 12 service reps by 2007
  • Publication of a web site and quarterly newsletters informing the public of regulatory and technology news (solar, geothermal, micro-hydro-electric solutions and energy-efficient systems)
  • Development, in partnership with ENERGuide and partnerships with the financial sector, of unique financial services for consumers and businesses to recoup conversion and capital costs to decrease dependency on fossil fuels
  • Help to prepare and publish case studies, fact sheets, articles, Web sites, guides and other energy-related documents
  • Promotion, organizing or hosting energy management workshops
  • Participate in or host energy-related conferences, seminars or presentations
  • Encourage the development and implementation of energy retrofit projects


Village Car

Village Food

Village Energy

Village Bike

Organization Options


Not-for-Profit Federal Incorporation under Class II of the Canada Corporations Act

Not-For-Profit Provincial Incorporation

Federal Incorporation as a Co-operative

Federal Incorporation as a Not-for-Profit Co-operative

Federal Incorporation as a Worker's Co-Operative

Provincial Incorporation as a Co-operative

Charitable Status

Incorporation as a not-for-profit NGO under Class II of the Canada Corporations Act. Three directors. No charitable status (no tax receipts for donors).

Board of Directors

Elio Di Iorio, Founding Director

Municipal Councillor, Town of Richmond Hill BA, Sociology, McMaster University; International Secretary, Federal Council, Green Party of Canada; Board of Directors, One Tonne Challenge; Board of Directors, Rouge Park Alliance; President, Green Party of Ontario Constituency Associations of Thornhill, Oak Ridges and York North

Hayley Easto, B.A. M.A Es

John P. Mallovy, P.Eng, MBA

John is Senior VP of Building and Construction, Greenwin Properties. He has supervised over x amount of Energy Retrofit programs for his Greenwin clients and has overseen an Energy Innovators Initiative projects resulting in the conservation of several tonnes of carbon emissions.

Kate Holloway, Executive Director

Fundraising Chair, Green Party of Canada; Writer/Representative, Building and Construction Trades Today, Georgian Bay Real Estate Classfiieds Media Director; Program Director, Green High Riding School; Kate holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Toronto, and has held senior management position at leading high-tech and advertising firms. She wrote and produced her own television segment, Kates Page, on the Discovery Channel show for two seasons.

Advisory Board

Julian Darley

Author of High Noon for Natural Gas, Julian is an internationally renowned writer and speaker on policy responses to global environmental degradation. His approach is informed by a wide range of critical analyses from disparate disciplines, such as philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, ecology, music, governance, evolutionary psychology, and politics. He is also engaged in piloting such responses. Julian has an MSc in Environment and Sociology from University of Surrey, UK, which led to a published thesis examining the coverage of complex environmental issues in current affairs programmes at the BBC; an MA in Journalism and Communications from the University of Texas at Austin; and a BA in Music & Russian. Julian uses his wide range of skills from previous careers as laboratory scientist, musicologist, film-maker, language teacher, translator, software architect, and environmental policy advisor to further all of his work. www.juliandarley.com

Ellen Greenwood, Greenwood and Associates

Ellen Greenwood is an urban planner specializing in the environment. Ellen also sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) and Chairs their Advocacy committee. Ellen has gained a wide range of experience over the last 25 years working for both the private and public sectors in the areas of strategic planning and public policy, project implementation, communications and public consultation, and business development.

Ellen presently operates consulting firm, Greenwood and Associates. Recent projects have involved advice to SMEs and municipalities on brownfields, waste, transportation and municipal power and energy. She has worked with Environment Canada -Ontario Region and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy on the SME sector (Post GLOBE) and the potential role of and support for the SME sector, innovative technologies and clean production. She recently conducted a series of workshops on behalf of Environment Canada-Ontario Region and the Consulate General of the Netherlands with sponsorship from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, among others on eco- efficiency, green power and alternative energy practices from the municipal perspective.

Greg Allen, BASc, P. Eng. President, Sustainable Edge

Upon completion of his degree in engineering at the University of Toronto and studies in architecture at the University of British Columbia, Greg Allen began his career in the renewable energies industry, designing and building low energy solar houses. Greg set up Canada's first solar collector manufacturing operation. Subsequently he was president of Allen-Drerup-White Ltd., a highly respected low-energy building design and construction firm. He was also co-developer of the first Heat Recovery Ventilator, which resulted in the Air Changer Company.
He was also co-developer of the first Heat Recovery Ventilator, which resulted in the Air Changer Company. From 1985 to 2003 he was president of Allen Kani Associates, a sustainable technologies engineering firm. Currently as President of Sustainable EDGE Ltd., his activities include advanced building systems, renewable energy applications, ecologically engineered treatment facilities and sustainable community planning.
Greg is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Paula Boutis, M.Sc., LLB

Paula was called to the Ontario bar in 2001. Since then, she has practiced environmental law full time.

A Dalhousie Law grad, she completed her law degree with a Specialization in Environmental Law. Paula articled as clerk to the Justices of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Prior to entering a career in law, Paula studied the biological sciences at McGill University, where she completed a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Environmental Studies in 1993, and a Master of Science in 1995. She co-authored two articles in the journal Genetics as a result of her research in developmental biology.

Element Village Crew (please edit your bios/interests)

Warren De Simone

Greg Mills

Shawnna Robertson

Greg Bonser

Jeff Truman

Matthew Steinberg

Karen Tweedle

Erin Berg


Milosh Nikodijevic

Renewable Energy Systems




Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Solar Water Heaters

Carbon Sinks

Rain Barrels

Garden Roofs

ENERGYStar Products



Ground Source Heat/Cooling Pump Systems

Micro-hydro and bio-mass co-generators


Realty Brokers - to assist in the distribution or renewable and demand-reduction systems into residential and/or commercial/industrial properties

Homelife Realty -

Element Village will distribute products via a business office co-located on-site with Homelife Realty in the Greater Toronto Area. EVC personnel will show new homeowners a range of money-saving energy products from programmable EnergyStar thermostats to co-op wind memberships, with the assistance of collateral materials and multimedia presentations. Cost savings under different oil price scenarios, and with the added value of current Tax Incentives and Rebates, will be used as sales aids.

Civic Efficiency Group

Wytech Technologies - $5 K Training for consultants

Representative of green roof and solar photovoltaic technologies marketed across North America. Principal
Mr. Scott Wylie
Wytech Building Envelope Solutions
237 Confederation Dr.
Scarborough, ON M1G 1B4
Tel: (416) 439-5442
Fax: (416) 431-2326
Courriel / e-mail: wbesinc at cs.com

Tel: (800) 668-8963
Fax: (888) 808-8834
Courriel / e-mail: info at hydrotechmembrane.ca

Hydrotech Membrane - Garden Roofs Supplier

System cools microclimate, thereby mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect, ultimately helping lower urban infrastructure maintenance costs.

Hydrotech holds three patents on its Garden Roof technology. The system retains as much as 90% of storm water, allowing for smaller detention tanks, and decreasing stormwater run-off to manageable levels.

The systems benefits dont stop there. They extend back to the manufacturing of the components themselves lowering the total environmental impact by using post-consumer recycled content:

Their environmental grade rubberized asphalt roofing/waterproofing, contains a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content and offers the same time-tested effectiveness as the standard MM6125.

Floradrain, the system's water retention/drainage component, contains 100% post-consumer recycled polyethylene.

A moisture mat system, which provides additional water retention, is also made of post consumer recycled content - non-rotting polypropylene fibers, to be exact.

The LEED program is a broad initiative intended to promote sustainability on the roof, and throughout the entire construction process.


Suppliers of photovoltaic systems


Suppliers of solar water heaters, photovoltaic systems

Cournice Mouldings

Mentor Construction


Financial Institutions

FIs will distribute Element Village products by having co-branded displays (Desjardins Element Village) within branches. Co-branded financial products such as an Element Village Renewable Energy credit card and loyalty program.

Caisse Populaire Desjardins (targeted)

HSBC (targeted)

Metro Credit Union (targeted)

North York Credit Union (targeted)

Green Party

The Green Party of Canada/Green Party of Ontario has 44 electoral district associations in the Greater Toronto Area alone. Each of these riding associations have executives that seek opportunities to engage engage with their communities and network around green issues between elections. These offer personnel to network with for the development of franchise and business opportunities

Green Party of Ontario

Green party of Canada



Internet portal with highly qualified green audience. Co-branding, listing, opportunities.

Livingplatform.ca itself

Hosts our wiki! Hooray!

Potential Educational Partnerships

Seneca College

Has a training program via correspondence for their their award-winning Building Environmental Systems Program.

Home Energy Auditors

Home Audits


GreenSaver is a not-for-profit offering energy audits to City of Toronto homeowners under the ENERGUIDE FOR HOUSES Program.

Windfall Ecology Centre - $20 K

Windfall Ecology Centre is a non-for-profit offering energy audits and co-op wind to York Region.


Ontario Co-Operative Association


Canadian Co-Operative Assocation

Green Communities Association

Element Village is an Associate Member of the Green Communities Association. GCA administers the ENERGUIDE retrofit program as well as providing other pertinent networking and outreach initiatives for their members.

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

OSEA is an association of individuals and groups working to develop sustainable energy projects in their communities. Our communities are the largest scale at which most of us feel personally connected and capable of direct, meaningful participation. They are also the smallest scale at which it is possible to mobilize the resources needed for a major initiative. OSEA works to bring together these local efforts on a Provincial scale.

Union Partnerships

Skilled labours unions have a vested interest in new job creation. We expect to be employing many of the skilled trades including electricians, carpenters, roofers, and insulation specialists. Skilled labour unions will provide funding, in-kind contributions and training and development partnerships.

Carpenters Joiners and Fasteners Union

Roofers Union

Electricians Union

Plumbers Union

Government Partnerships

NRCAN Office of Energy Efficiency, Energy Innovators Initiative

Commercial/High-Density-Low-Rise Condo Buildings Partnership Under the Energy Innovators Initiative

Retrofit Implementation

The EII can offer up to 25% of costs (based on $7.50 for every gigajoule or 277.8 kwh saved) up to $250,000 for implementation through ERA (3). The signature of a Professional Engineer is required at several stages of the project to verify energy savings, and EII staff are assigned to help guide clients and service providers through the application process. To maximize energy savings and possible incentives, the EII recommends implementing multiple energy-saving measures. Client guides and application forms are found at http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/eii/password (password = action)

establishing, organizing and managing a committee to provide advice, guidance and information to the EII on how best to serve its members
collecting energy consumption and cost-related data and information on a partner associations membership and other EII stakeholders
promoting energy efficiency in general to the partners membership and stakeholders
recruiting new commercial buildings into the Natural Resources Canada Energy Innovators Initiative (NRCan EII)
provide assistance to EII member organizations to develop energy management plans
help members of the EII to prepare and submit energy retrofit proposals for financial assistance

Other funding for clients Commercial/Residential

Retrofit Planning - The Energy Innovators Initiative (EII) http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/eii offers commercial and institutional members up to 50% of costs (up to $1 per gigajoule or 277.8 kwh currently used in the affected building) up to $25,000 for retrofit planning through ERA (P). This funding can be used for feasibility studies and other pre-retrofit activities involving green roofs and other measures. Applying for this incentive includes a letter to the Minister from the client and a 3-4 page proposal form accompanying a proposal from an experienced service provider. Client guides and forms are found at http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/eii/password (password = action)
New Buildings - The Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) and the Industrial Building Incentive Program (IBIP) http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/newbuildings offer funding for the design of new energy efficient facilities that consume at least 25% less energy than a similar building under the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB).

To reach this level of efficiency, multiple energy-saving measures should be implemented. Architects or building owner can apply by completing a one-page expression of interest (EOI) form and entering building data into a computerized model called EE4. In addition to the incentive, $1000 in technical assistance is made available for each EOI, and a CBIP staff person is assigned to assist you through the application process. Modelling guidelines will soon be updated to account for green roofs.

Unilever-Evergreen Aquatic Stewardship Grant

Great Lakes Sustainability Fund

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Green Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF)

Green Municipal Investment Fund (GMIF)

Tax Incentives and Rebates (for commercial/industrial sector)

The objectives of EII Partnerships is to encourage the promotion, management and research of activities related to energy efficiency within the existing commercial and institutional building sectors.

Partnerships between the EII, eligible associations and other organizations will be established to accomplish specific activities and goals (i.e. deliverables). These deliverables and their associated costs, reimbursable by the EII, will be negotiated and described in detail in a contribution agreement between the partner organization and the EII.

EnerGuide For Houses Retrofit Grants (for residential sector)

Per home: approximately $619 on average, up to a maximum of $3,348

Natural Resources Canada provides a grant to homeowners who undertake renovations that improve the energy efficiency rating of their home as determined by an EnerGuide for Houses evaluation. The amount of the grant is expected to be approximately $619 on average, and at most $3,348, depending on the amount by which the home's energy rating improves as a result of the renovations.

Homeowners must first have an EnerGuide for Houses evaluation undertaken by an approved agent. The agent will identify recommended renovations, typically involving upgrades to heating systems, insulation and/or windows and doors. Once the renovations are complete, a second EnerGuide for Houses evaluation must be undertaken to determine the change in the home's energy rating.

8% PST Rebate on Solar Panels, Solar Shingles, and Photovoltaic Panels

Eligible systems include solar photovoltaic systems that convert solar energy into electricity, or solar thermal systems that convert energy into heat.
Also includes micro-hydroelectric systems and geothermal heating/cooling systems installed in residential premises.
$100 Rebate
Enbridge Gas Distribution provides a $100 rebate to customers who install a new Energy Star qualified natural gas furnace purchased between October 1, 2004 and December 31, 2005. Furnaces installed in new homes are not eligible.

10% refund on CMCH first-time homeowners insurance
CMHC offers a 10% premium refund on its mortgage loan insurance premiums, as well as extended amortization to a maximum of 35 years, to individuals who use CMHC-insured financing to purchase an energy efficient home, purchase a home and make energy-saving renovations, or renovate their existing home to make it more energy efficient.

Revenue from Funding


Federal (NRCan, Environment Canada, etc.), provincial and municipal (Federation of Canadian Muncipality, York Region, City of Toronto) grants. Funding from private sector foundations such as corporate foundations and private sector funds

Public Sector

ECOAction (did not receive)

One Tonne Challenge

EII Extension Energy Innovators

REDI Renewable Energy Deployment Initiative

RETP Renewable Energy Technologies Program

WPP - Wind Power Production Incentive

TAF - Toronto Atmospheric Fund


Town of Richmond Hill - Deadline - April 4

Green Municipal Funds GMEF

Trillium Foundation

Private Funding

TD Environmental Fund

Toyota Evergreen

Canadian Tire

Environmental Youth Corps

Mountain Equipment Co-op Environment Fund

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Shell Environmental Fund

Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Program

Revenue from Operations

Revenue from volume discounts (from suppliers) and from financial services contributions for distribution of renewable energy systems

Revenue from carbon credits

Because of the Kyoto Accord being ratified, projects which reduce emissions between 2008 and 2012 will be worth a certain amount of value on the open market.

Revenue from licensing/Franchising fees

Element Village may license out or franchise various projects or processes to other people.

Revenue from Memberships

Co-Op memberships may be sold for a fee.

Revenue from Debentures

Members may make loans to Element Village

Outreach Plan

Element Village Urban Outposts

Community Awareness/Outreach for Element Village in member communities

The Element Village Urban Outpost will be a combination community drop-in centre, workshop space, sustainable products co-op, solar-powered Laundromat, and community rooftop garden that will promote renewable energy along with demand-reduction systems and lifestyles. Activities will include

Workshops for the Urban Biking Warrior (safety tips, maintenance tips, recommended routes, rules of the road, apparel, etc.) taught by local Dave Fix-My-Bike
Urban agriculture (square foot/ balcony/backyard/lasagna) gardening)
The sustainable household how to run an eco-friendly household re-use of products, eco-friendly products, composting
Community documentary screenings promoting awareness of current environmental issues (End of Suburbia, etc.)
Local economies how to consume locally to avoid supporting GHG emissions from transport and shipping of goods Brian Medini
Collection and disposal of toxic products from households and restaurants
Solar Powered Laundromat 4 panel system + natural gas boiler + 6 top loaders + 5 dryers expected savings of $4,250 per year cost $12,000
Rooftop Community Gardens co-ops made available to community members and local businesses.
Garden Roof provided by Hydrotech Membrane
Seed saving and exchange program.
One Tonne Challenge community information centre
Offer bulk refills of sustainable and home-made household products
Tea bar
Torontos Pesticide-by-law how to care for your garden naturally
Partnerships with Greensaver, Bike Roots, Toronto Food Policy Council, FoodShare Field to Table, Greensaver, Windshare, Community Bicycle Network.
Greensaver: Residential Energy Efficiency Workshops: $6000 value

International Strategy

International Strategy Committee

Volunteer Strategy

Youth Challenge International

Youth Strategy

Campus Greens

Campus Volunteers

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