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Aug 08, 2017
Local Construction Leaders Go Passive

In a public experiment to test the capabilities of a high-performance building, two white structures have been set up in Vancouver’s Olympic Village Square, each containing 1 tonne of ice. The key difference between the two ice boxes is their building envelope; one of them is built to BC’s current building code and the other […]

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May 17, 2017
Finding Value Even After the Sushi is Done

If you recently visited any of the restaurants listed on the map below, you may have seen a bin for collecting used chopsticks. Once a week, Felix Böck drives his truck, affectionately named “Pablo the ChopMobil,” to each of these partner restaurants to collect chopsticks, then he upcycles them into beautiful products at a small production facility […]

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May 04, 2017
Powering a Film Set can be Silent, Clean, and Portably Electric

“The film industry in Vancouver has long been conscious of sustainable production,” says Zena Harris, President at Green Spark Group, a sustainability consultancy that serves the film industry. “Efforts in this space formalized in 2006 with the formation of Reel Green and have evolved to include vendors such as Keep it Green Recycling and success stories […]

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Apr 26, 2017
The Power of Sorting: Combating Construction Waste in Landfills

Sea to Sky Removal is  a construction waste removal company run by husband and wife, Cinci Csere and Chris Arkell. Based in Squamish, 90% of their customer base is in Vancouver and the lower mainland, though they also offer waste removal all along the Sea to Sky Corridor. Operating solely in the construction and commercial […]

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Mar 25, 2017
RECAP: Measure What Matters 101; February 28, 2017

Do you feel like there is a disconnect between your business and the world in which it operates? Are you a socially minded business that seeks to do more than make profits, and instead be an active stakeholder in your community, the environment, and a positive presence for your employees, clients and customers? Many businesses […]

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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 […]

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Sep 16, 2016
Can a hair salon catalyze social change? Green Circle Salons do!

The average hair salon produces over 800 kilograms of waste per year, including hair trimmings, discarded foils and colour tubes. Most of this material ends up in landfills, where the hair in particular mummifies rather than breaking down, contributing to methane emissions and climate change. Green Circle Salons is providing solutions to over 700 Canadian […]

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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 […]

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Jul 25, 2016
Sustainability Reporting: reaping the benefits of transparency

Globally and within Canada, we are faced with a multitude of challenges. We face environmental issues such as climate change, fresh water, and biodiversity; social issues related to human rights, health and safety, and gender equality; and economic issues such as fair pay, meaningful employment, and bribery and corruption. With a global population expected to reach […]

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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. […]