Canada Sustainability

What The Great One Can Teach Us About The Future Of Sustainability

Mel Wilson | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Mel Wilson

Given the all the recent geopolitical upheaval, I recognize it will take considerable effort for governments, businesses, and civil society to put aside their differences, roll up their sleeves, and work together to achieve the SDGs. But there really isn't a viable alternative.

Corruption Hurts Development But New Technologies Can Help

George Poulakidas | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada
George Poulakidas

Several high-level corruption cases in 2016 have brought corruption to the public's attention. Last month, the South Korean Parliament voted to impeac...

Canadian Companies Can't Keep Up On Sustainability

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Business

Lax government policy may be to blame.

Emma Paling

Vancouver Throws Out So Many Chopsticks, They Now End Up As Furniture

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Paling | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada British Columbia

“We’re creating something beautiful that is completely new...”

Let's Work Towards A Zero-Waste Future By Creating A Culture Of Reuse

Fatima Zaidi | Posted 12.23.2016 | Canada Living
Fatima Zaidi

In light of the massive amount of waste produced annually, we as a global community need to rethink our approach to consumption and increasingly shift our mindset from a linear "take, make, and dispose" school of thought to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," thus creating a circular, self-perpetuating economy.

The F-Waste Problem And How Companies Can Solve It

Trevor Langdon | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Trevor Langdon

In the U.S. alone, over 17 billion pounds of office furniture and equipment is sent to landfill every year. This waste is typically a result of necessary changes like moving, branch closures or revitalization projects. The furniture needs to be removed or replaced but it is what's being done with the furniture or, "F", waste that is the problem.

The Wrong Bus Syndrome

Lisa Borden | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada
Lisa Borden

Years ago while reading Grub (an awesome book filled with ideas for an urban organic kitchen), I was introduced to, and instantly connected with, the ...

You Can Love Wood And Still Be A Forest Hugger

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

You have probably bought forest products like lumber for a home reno or notepaper for school supplies and wondered how your purchase affects the forest it came from. You may feel guilty, but you shouldn't if the forest products you buy are harvested sustainably and certified to internationally recognized standards.

Forget Sugar-Coated Santa, Meet Sustainable Santa

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

The story of Santa Claus, his elves and the giving of gifts has graced our lives for hundreds of years. It is more than just the story of a jolly old man on a quest to give gifts to every child in the world. It's a lesson about generosity and kindness.

Our Most Valuable Non-Renewable Resource Is Time

Mel Wilson | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Mel Wilson

We will often negotiate and even fight over food, oil, land, and water, but we treat time like it will, well, last forever. But if we were to value and use time truly like a resource, meaning effectively and efficiently, we need to set priorities. Enter the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Columbus Ohio City Wellness Guide

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
Christine E. Laprade

Ohio has been making headlines recently. I was in town last month for my very first time and I can't believe how little publicity Columbus is getting,...

Celebrating The Local Food Movement And Canada's Place In It

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca LeHeup

Our food-obsessed culture is more interested than ever in sourcing their food locally, and local food experiences have become one of the primary travel motivators. Through a comprehensive study, we discovered the rise of food tourism is driven by the values of the modern consumer, specifically millennials, who look for immersive travel experiences.

Canada Should Increase Taxes On Its Deadliest Vice: Meat

Joe Killoran | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Joe Killoran

Since the production of meat is, quite literally, destroying the planet, it must be severely curtailed. It ought to be treated like tobacco, another deadly and unnecessary habit - though, to be fair, tobacco use is not an existential threat to humanity. Calculations should be made as to the environmental, health and economic costs the livestock industry imposes on the world and it should be taxed accordingly.

5 Things You Need To Know About The Sustainable Development Goals

Mel Wilson | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Business
Mel Wilson

The SDGs are a refreshing return to the original multifaceted concept of sustainable development. Sustainability is not just about the environment, not just about community investment, or just about the economy. It is not the responsibility of just one industry or one government or one group to solve all the world's problems.

City Leaders Need The Courage To Build Sustainable Urban Centres

Tobi Nussbaum | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Tobi Nussbaum

The first is coping with the inexorable trend towards urbanization. By 2036, over 60 per cent of the world's population will reside in cities. The burgeoning number of urban dwellers worldwide will put pressure on city governments in areas ranging from housing to services, infrastructure to transportation.

Canadians Must Rethink 'Normal' To Tackle Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Maybe the lifestyle we've come to know as "normal" really isn't normal -- or sustainable -- after all. It may feel normal because it's all we've known, but, examined rationally in a larger context, it seems more like the fast lane to resource depletion and environmental ruin.

This Is What Sustainability Leadership Is All About

Mel Wilson | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Business
Mel Wilson

Leading sustainability organizations are the ones that have learned how to optimize their limited resources, and use generally accepted standards where possible. They frequently use management systems standards and industry standards to drive performance, and reporting standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to drive communications.

Are We Simply Rearranging The Deck Chairs On The Titanic?

Mel Wilson | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Mel Wilson

One night many years ago, while out for a few beers, a good friend of mine leaned in and, with a serious look on his face, said, "Does all this sustainability stuff really make a difference, or are we just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic?"

10 Things I Learned During My 25 Years Working In Sustainability

Mel Wilson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada
Mel Wilson

You know, I just realized I have been working in the Sustainability field (first environment, then environment and health & safety and now corporate s...

LNG Approval Shakes My Faith In The Trudeau Government's Values

Andrew Frank | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Frank

As a progressive voter, it was disappointing to watch the press conference announcing the federal approval of Petronas' Pacific Northwest LNG project, an industrial project that would trample the rights and title of First Nations and make it virtually impossible for B.C. to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.

Canadian Youth Must Show Up And Speak Out For The SDGs

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

"I'm frustrated with Canada." I was attending a workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this declaration from our facilitator left me thinking, "What did we do now?" In fact, it was what we didn't do.

The Difference Between Stakeholders And Protesters

Mel Wilson | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Business
Mel Wilson

We live in a world teeming with stakeholders. At some point in time every citizen, whether they know it or not, will be a stakeholder for something. You the reader are a stakeholder. And so am I. Now occasionally stakeholders get so fired up they become protesters. But are stakeholders and protesters actually the same thing?

Food Waste Is A Disgrace Canadians Have The Power To Fix

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Genevieve Zingg

In May 2015, the French government did something incredible: the National Assembly unanimously passed a law forcing large supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. That's how the #WhatAWaste campaign -- a grassroots effort to pressure Canada's political leaders to follow France's example -- was born.

High Fashion In The Mountains

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

Why would a high-end, design and manufacturing company choose to be located in a mountainous area? Dolce Vita design and create fashionable leather...

We All Deserve Access To Reliable And Sustainable Energy

Maryam Rehman | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Maryam Rehman

The seventh Sustainable Development Goal is to "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Access to reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is a goal that can be achieved if people take the initiative to learn more about the problem, and be willing to make the transition to modern, cleaner energy.