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Inspiration /
Feb 02, 2017
Vancouver’s restaurants and food stores investing in renewable energy

Renewable natural gas is a carbon neutral energy source made from the gas produced when organic waste from sources like landfills and agricultural manure breaks down. The gas is captured, purified, and blended into existing natural gas distribution pipelines and delivered to homes, businesses, transportation fleets, and industry. Renewable natural gas performs in exactly the […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Making Sustainable Meetings More Fun

Going green can (and should) be easily integrated into meeting planning, from the proposal process right up to the final flight home. Planning and executing a green  meeting isn’t just about being environmentally responsible. It can have economic benefits for the event organizer, too. One of the most exciting integrations of sustainability at meetings is using mobile solutions that can […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
Social Innovation and collaboration as a forces for good

Social Innovation and collaboration are proving to be effective forces for good. When used together, they have the power to change the world for the better. We are currently sitting in one of the most defining moments in time. Global resource depletion is happening at an alarming rate and is posing a major threat to businesses. […]

Inspiration /
Jul 25, 2016
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

For many corporate leaders, social responsibility is about finding ways to engage their employees in a meaningful way and encourage them to contribute to their local community and create lasting environmental change. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup provides companies with the tools to do just that. A joint conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and the […]

Success Stories /
Jul 25, 2016
How Ocean Wise has transformed the way we purchase seafood

When the Vancouver Aquarium decided it was time to educate people about sustainable seafood, it created Ocean Wise. Aquarium directors and scientists created the conservation program in 2005,  changing the way restaurants, chefs, markets and suppliers look at seafood, and influencing consumer demands. The program ensures consumers have the most current scientific information regarding sustainable seafood. “The general […]

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
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
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 […]