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Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Local Purchasing and the Local Economy

What is Local Purchasing? Purchasing policies typically consider one economic aspect – how spending affects a business’ bottom line. But how that spending affects the business’ community or society at large – this ‘community economic impact’ can also benefit that business and its community in a very real way. Local purchasing aims to maximize this community economic impact, […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Why Green Tourism Certifications Matter

Many businesses make the decision to be greener – whether for the bottom line or because they want to do their part to stop climate change (or both!). At the same time, savvy consumers are on alert for “greenwashing,” or misleading statements that exaggerate green credentials. As a result, it is important for businesses of all […]

Success Stories /
Jul 25, 2016
How the Vancouver Aquarium is saving the ocean – and educating the world about conservation

One of the most popular destinations in British Columbia is the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, a non-profit conservation organization that focuses on conserving aquatic life. More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since it opened in 1956 and today it hosts an average 1 million visitors per year. The Vancouver Aquarium’s mission […]

Success Stories /
Jul 25, 2016
TELUS Garden – the greenest office building in North America

With $12b annually in revenue and 13.7m customer connections, TELUS is Canada’s fastest-growing telecommunications company. TELUS’s newest office tower, TELUS Garden is one of the first LEED Platinum office buildings in North America, with energy consumption 80 percent lower than similar buildings. With this flagship project and other efforts, TELUS is close to achieving its objectives […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Green Spark ignites local film industry

Sustainable production is an emerging trend in the motion picture industry, with film hubs around the world organizing local industries to incorporate greener practices on set. Vancouver’s Green Spark Group is leading the charge on the home front, where spending on film and TV production is a $1.25B industry. Founders Zena Harris and Aza O’Leary are […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Fashionista inspiring fashion industry to think ‘Circular’

Myriam Laroche is the founder and president of Eco Fashion Week, Vancouver’s much-heralded event in its eleventh year. A former Montrealer, Laroche has gained an international reputation as a passionate, tireless advocate for sustainability in the fashion and textiles industry. Eco Fashion Week (EFW) is dedicated to “informing and inspiring the fashion-conscious and sustainable-minded alike, […]

Success Stories /
Jul 25, 2016
FreshTAP’s revolutionay wine-on-tap model making an impact in Vancouver

Mike Macquisten and Steve Thorp are co-founders of FreshTAP and DirectTAP, two groundbreaking logistics companies – one selling wine by the keg to restaurateurs and the other providing much needed keg delivery and tracking support to Vancouver’s burgeoning craft brewery sector. Macquisten and Thorp blazed a trail in the Canadian wine industry by modernizing storage, […]

Success Stories /
Jul 25, 2016
When industries collide: upcycling connects Film with Design

Basic Design exists to change the way people think about reducing commercial waste and the company is thriving today by re-using, recycling (“upcycling”) throwaway material to create useful, attractive, in-demand consumer products. We have dedicated our lives to improving environmental sustainability with a clear focus on design innovation and collaboration. Theunis is a graduate of Emily Carr University of […]

Success Stories /
Jul 25, 2016
Bluewater Adventures rocks responsible fuel use at sea

Award-winning small ship operator protects its business and the environment with greener ships At Bluewater Adventures, transporting people via boat and sea is what they do best. Bluewater has been offering multi-day, wildlife and wilderness eco-tours in coastal B.C. and Southeast Alaska since 1978. Guests love these tours and the crew is amazing at what […]

Inspiration /
Jun 25, 2016
Perks of being a ‘Climate Smart’ business

Vancouver company Climate Smart has helped more than 800 local businesses track and reduce their greenhouse gas or ‘carbon’ footprint – leading not only to reduced costs but also innovative new business processes and improved talent attraction prospects among many other perks. The core component of the Climate Smart certification process helps businesses address inefficiencies […]