The 2013 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Commitment to the Environment award went to Tom Rand, one of the country’s top thinkers, investors and advisors. He is a trailblazer in the realm of clean energy technology and co-developer of the lauded low-carbon Planet Traveler hostel in downtown Toronto.

This fall he followed up his first book, Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World, with a darker, more critical one called Waking the Frog. A\J contributing editor Daryn Caister interviewed Rand in Toronto in September about practical sustainability, Canadian clean tech and apocalyptic language.

For more tough love from Tom Rand, read the rest of the interview in Heroes.

Check out our Current Events blog post, Green Bonds to Roll Out in Ontario in 2014, for more on the provincial plan to attract environmentally minded investors.


Daryn Caister is the host and director of the environmental news radio program The Green Majority, which is syndicated on more than 21 stations and has more than 50,000 weekly listeners. Caister studied Environmental policy and Urban Studies at the University of Toronto, and is particularly interested in politics, science and skepticism, building green cities and linking renewable energy with transportation systems.

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