Canada Sustainability

The Dalai Lama Sounds the Alarms for Sustainability

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada
Natalie Pace

A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking...

Food Fight! Alternative Proteins

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

From laboratory-produced ground beef to the eco-benefits of insects as a protein source, many scientists believe we need to shift our palates from traditional proteins to more sustainable options. How does algae stack up against chicken? Could you swap your steak for some crickets?

These Cities Are Learning From Each Other to Become More Sustainable

David Dodge | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

The Canada European Municipal Exchange Program was a fascinating mix of people from Estonia, Portugal, Spain and Germany and folks from Halifax, Ottawa, Edmonton and Saanich from Canada. They discussed green spaces, clean transportation and the evolution of energy efficient urban design.

When Celebrities as Brand Ambassadors Makes Sense

Erin Bury | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business
Erin Bury

Celebrity endorsements are as old as the advertising industry itself. But in the past few years a new type of celebrity endorsement has emerged: we've moved from celebrity as spokesperson to celebrity as "global brand ambassador," someone who aims to raise the global profile and is an ongoing evangelist for the brand.

How Companies Are Striving for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Companies in a variety of sectors are not letting potential challenges hinder their efforts to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain, however. Rather than allowing potential roadblocks to hamper sustainability efforts, corporations are harnessing technological innovations to achieve environmental and business objectives.

What You Need to Know Before Foraging for Leeks

Theresa Albert | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

One of the first greens to pop up in the spring are wild leeks. Leeks have a milder, sweeter taste than onion and a much prettier presentation. Foraging for food is a hipster renewal of ancient skills and I like the reinforcement of the idea that food comes from the earth, not the grocer.

Three Misconceptions About Adopting Renewable Energy

David R. Miller | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

In the face of current and future threats facing our environment, our economy and infrastructure, our society and healthcare we often hear from loud detractors. But we must be bold, we must have faith in our abilities, and we must dream of a better future for all. We must act now to build a renewable future or be left behind.

Earth Day Should Be 364 Days a Year

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Earth Day is an important date on the calendar that puts the spotlight back on the planet. However, as we all grow more interconnected around the world with a greater ability to have an impact -- both positive and negative -- it's equally important to recognize that the principles of Earth Day can't be ignored the other 364 days of the year.

6 Ways to Eat More Sustainably

Abby Langer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Sometimes, eating sustainably is difficult, but even if you don't jump into it with both feet, every bit helps. Do what you can afford, what you believe in, and what's easiest for you. In many cases, eating more sustainably means eating cheaper, fresher foods: keep reading to see what you can do.

Site C Panel Chair Claims 'Dereliction Of Duty' By B.C. Government

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

Panel chair Harry Swain says that the province went ahead and approved the construction of the Site C dam in haste at a time when, "there's a whole bunch of unanswered questions, some of which would be markedly advanced by waiting three or four years."

The 2015 Canada Winter Games: Sustainable Sport Event Snapshot

Ann Duffy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Ann Duffy

Sometimes leadership happens off the side of one's desk, while at other times it emerges collaboratively, with the help of community partners to advance shared goals. Here are some ways in which the Canada Winter Games' leadership, particularly around sustainability, rose to the top:

Why Connection Is a Key Piece of the Sustainability Puzzle

The Otesha Project | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Impact
The Otesha Project

I'll never forget the day I biked down Scenic Caves Road near Collingwood, Ont. Flying down the escarpment at breakneck speeds, I was all too aware...

Why You Shouldn't Skip This Important Audit

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

While auditing your global supply chain may at first glance appear to be a costly, time consuming and seemingly insurmountable process, an existing infrastructure of widely available tools and resources affords companies the opportunity to do this audit efficiently and effectively.

Changing the Face of Business by Doing Good

Ivey Business School | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

Jason Inch likes "doing business by doing good." One of his most interesting ventures, for example, is a real estate play in Shanghai that isn't about making anybody rich. Instead, it exists to help China manage urban density while also empowering people to "work, meet, socialize, create, exercise, eat, drink and live multi-faceted lives."

These 30 Public Figures Are Asking World Leaders, What Side of History Will You Be on?

Save the Children | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Save the Children

Dear World Leaders, There are moments in history that become turning points. In our view, 2015 will be such a moment. We believe it's just possible that we could end 2015 with a new global compact -- an agreed pathway to a better, safer future for people and planet that will inspire all the citizens of the world. We can choose the path of sustainable development. Which side of history will you be on?

We Must Start Digging Our Way Out of Canada's Mining Dilemma

David Suzuki | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Mining is important to human well-being, but the current economic system means it's often aimed at maximizing profit with little regard for people or the environment. It's one area where Canadians can make a difference. Canadian mining companies haven't always had a great record for environmental and social responsibility in communities where they operate -- but public scrutiny and pressure may be helping to change that.

Green for the Holidays

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

These days, filling a large green plastic bag with paper and boxes is virtually unheard of in Canada. Thankfully. There is greater thought and consideration behind the reuse of products and how we can adopt more sustainable practices when celebrating our holiday festivities.

Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Isn't Crazy - Harper Is

Kevin Grandia | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Kevin Grandia

I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution. At the same time, I am reading stories back home about Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling the House of Commons yesterday that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector would be "crazy." Let's be clear who is crazy here.

Buy This Ethical AND Gorgeous Gift For The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. is a Canadian company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their belief is to flex their buying power to empower families in countries that are rebuilding. Their fragrances are made in Canada and are created with essential oils from nations that are rebuilding including Haiti, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Buying Less Stuff Can Actually Make You More Happy

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

Most people who follow these simple steps soon discover they can live on much less. They turn away from consumerism, and lead happier, more focussed lives. They stop being human doings and once again become human beings. Some even discover financial independence. Equally important, their impact on the planet is dramatically reduced. Win, win, win.

Businesses Need To Start Focusing on 'Guilt-Free' Consumption To Get Ahead

John Izzo | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Business
John Izzo

Given that one third of the planet is thinking about "guilt free consumption" any company that fails to address these three areas is missing out on a huge competitive advantage. A wise company will ask themselves how their products are adversely affecting people, nature and the planet and develop initiatives to reduce these effects.

What Canada Can Learn From Swedish Dairy Farmers

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

What could we do in Canada to protect our mountain forests from detrimental land use changes, increase their cultural value and slowly lessen some dependence on agricultural land? Could Scandinavian Mountain Cattle find free-range forest homes in some of Canada's mountains?

If Everyone Lived Like Canadians, We'd Need 3.7 Planets

David R. Miller | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

As Canadians, we are incredibly lucky to live in a country with so much natural wealth, but we're taking that for granted. We're placing huge demands on the planets' resources, ranked 11th per capita in the world. If everybody in the world lived like Canadians, we would require 3.7 planets to meet our needs -- clearly, this is not sustainable.

A Step Towards Ending Global Forest Loss

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

The New York Declaration on Forests represents an unprecedented effort by developed and developing countries to partner around a shared goal of ending global forest loss and committing to a concrete timeline to realize their goal to accomplish this goal.

How Technology Pulls Back the Curtain on TV Food Commercials

Ryan Spong | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Spong

Technology is allowing us to peer behind the veil of TV commercials; it is connecting us in real, authentic and meaningful ways to the food we eat. It is creating communities of like-minded consumers and producers. This week, the FDA issued an industry-wide mandate to lower sodium in processed foods. Has the ratchet changed direction?