Stormwater: You pave, you pay

Stormwater: You pave, you pay

Those who create stormwater runoff problems should pay for them, not their neighbours. I've been arguing, for years, that we should use economic tools to reward good behaviour and discourage bad behaviour. Instead, we so often do the opposite, with stormwater pricing being a classic example. In most Canadian municipalities, buildings with huge flat roofs or giant parking lots create big problems with the quantity, quality and speed of storm water runoff that they pay little to control. Instead,  

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PAPER financing for energy conservation

PAPER financing for energy conservation

Some form of municipal financing that runs with the land has tremendous potential to accelerate energy conservation and green energy retrofits for existing buildings. The David Suzuki Foundation has published a detailed report on one such concept, Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits and Other Financing Options (PAPER). PAPER would treat energy conservation and green energy improvements to private property in defined areas as a form of infrastructure, to be paid for over time by  

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