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NDP leader Jack Layton was a leader in environmental change. He co-founded the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, a program that finds solutions for air quality problems in the city. It has saved $55 million in energy costs and reduced Toronto’s emissions.  Jack applied his passion for the environment to his personal life too. He and his wife Olivia Chow retrofitted their home with technology like solar electricity and window insulation.

Last week, we interviewed Olivia about their eco house for our new season. Olivia, a transportation critic, also advocates for green commuting.

We took this picture of Olivia outside of the beautiful home.

Olivia Chow in front of eco-house

We reflected on Jack Layton’s environmental impact in this blog post last year, shortly after his death.


  1. Debbie Black | August 14, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Jack’s energy and commitment to the environment and social justice will never be forgotten. He was one of a kind and touched the hearts of so many! He is sorely missed. I’m so glad GreenHeroes.tv is paying tribute to him as well as Olivia Chow.

  2. admin | August 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks, Debbie. Jack’s commitment is very inspiring. We are very honoured to have filmed the innovative home he and Olivia shared and we look forward to sharing it next year.

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