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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]