The Waddell-Shankland Household

Windsor, Ontario

The Waddell-Shankland Household

Meet the Waddell-Shanklands

Crystal, Luke and their two boys, Hugh and Arthur, can be found outdoors as much as possible, enjoying activities including camping, hiking, swimming, bike riding and gardening. Community involvement is important to their family and together they create fun activities like the Panier Picnic as part of the Jane’s Walk Festival, and Hugh and Arthur and their cousins raised $5,000 for a Daily Bread Food Bank Fundraiser by creating a stop motion animation video.

The Waddell-Shanklands are committed to environmental and social issues and always looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet and lower their carbon footprint, including their 9-year old son, Hugh, who is always designing new gadgets that are good for the environment.

They moved from Toronto to Windsor in January of 2023 and are in the process of upgrading the energy efficiency of their new old home with the benefit of Crystal’s profession as an architect and her awareness of solutions and materials to reduce a building’s carbon footprint.

Keep up to date on the Waddell-Shanklands' journey to Live Net Zero on social media.

Follow them on their quest to live a net zero life. 

Lifestyle choices they’ve already made

  • Sold their car 4 years ago when in Toronto and mainly get around on bicycles, including a cargo bike that can fit two kids and groceries – considered getting a car since Windsor is a car-centric city, but decided to try without for a year
  • Don’t use air conditioning in the summer
  • Made a family New Years Resolution to not buy anything new for an entire year (barring things like hardware and underwear for the kids).

Some items on the wish list for their home

  • A heat pump (so Hugh can see how it works)
  • Converting a 3-season room into a greenhouse/dining room
  • New kitchen with energy efficient appliances
  • Solar panels so they don’t have to pay for electricity

Why they wanted to be a part of the Challenge

Participating in Live Net Zero will help them really think through the decisions required to get their to a home that they love and is climate smart.

Follow their journey

See how the Waddell-Shankland Household progressed through the challenge.

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