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What do innovators Will Kozma, Andreas Souvaliotis, Frank Stronach and Bob Oliver all have in common? They recognize that climate change is a rising problem and that the only way to address it is by finding ways to reduce emissions by managing our ecological footprint. How so? They mitigate the effects of climate change by introducing us to new and imaginative ways to travel!

Featured Hero Frank Stronach, founder of Magna International, has partnered with former Magna vice-president, Frank Gingl, to create BionX, a product line of bikes and recreational vehicles that use an electrical component to help peddlers bike longer distances than ever before. You can learn about this venture in our latest episode as well as Will Kozma’s successful EcoCab company, the pedal-powered taxi in Toronto that creates a “win-win” situation for both the planet and its people.

Frank Stronach - Green Hero

Also featured in this week’s episode are leaders of environmental transportation incentive programs. Andreas Souvaliotis is the founder of Green Rewards, an incentive program that became LoyaltyOne’s Air Miles for Social Change division, that encourages participants to engage in green activities.  Pollution Probe’s CEO, Bob Oliver, encourages green commuting with the annual  Clean Air Commute. Green Heroes follows employees at Toronto Hydro, Powerstream and the Ontario Power Authority as they commit to travel by any mode other than driving alone in their car – for an entire week.

Watch our latest episode “Moving Green” to learn more about our Transportation Green Heroes, airing Tuesday July 9th at 7:30PM, and Sunday July 14th at 8:30PM on TVO.

During the episode, play along with our Green Heroes Academy app that will quiz you on our Heroes, watch cool videos, complete fun games and missions, and become a Green Hero too!

Join the Academy for free at http://academy.greenheroes.tv

 


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  1. Pat | July 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Are we supposed to believe this stuff?

  2. Name * | July 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Frank Stronach is no green hero in Florida! He has cleared tens of thousands of acres in north central FL destroying vast amounts of wildlife habitat in the process. From sandhills to wetlands and creek beds, the trees are gone leaving just a few scattered here and there. Many of our lakes have dried up or are in the process of it and Silver Springs is continuing to flow at historic lows. He hired attorneys to make sure he gets a permit to pump groundwater that will threaten the flow and groundwater levels even more. The plants and river bottom at Silver Springs are covered with algae and DEP said nitrates need to be lowered by 79% for there to be any recovery. What does Stronach do? Promise to add the manure, urine and blood from the slaughterhouse from 17,000 + cattle to the springshed. Green Hero, I don’t think so.

  3. Green Heroes | August 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    >> We appreciate receiving your comment and thank you for sharing your concerns.
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    >> We are familiar with Mr. Stronach through the humanitarian work he does and the ethical ways he ran Magna International. He is a Green Hero because of the investment he has made in advancing green transportation, from developing the prototype for the Ford Focus to his hybrid pedal-electric bike and recreational water vehicle. For this he is featured in our TV episode Moving Green as an innovator in green commuting.
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    >> In terms of the issue that affects you and your community, we wanted to share a link to an article published in MacLean’s magazine, Canada’s national news magazine about his ranch. The article includes discussion of the water issue with comments from local environmentalist, Guy Marwick. http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/08/farmer-frank-goes-to-florida/
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    >> Also here is another link to the Adena Springs Ranch and the company’s response to water concerns and encourage people to contact them. http://www.adenaspringsranch.com/about-the-water/

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