Sustainability

Promise On Our Warming World

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

Sustainable energy holds promise for a cleaner world and clear promise for economic prosperity. When more governments around the world realize that their economies will flourish in a sustainable energy future, the inevitable conversion to renewable energy will be triggered.

Toronto's Mayoral Candidates Should Realize Budget Cuts Don't Equal Prosperity

Russ Blinch | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

Wouldn't it be cool to have a mayor who swanned around in a hybrid car, rather than a gas guzzling jalopy, and who talked about "nurturing" entrepreneurs, or who sought tax breaks for sustainability initiatives, or who could imagine something outside of the box when it comes to Toronto's moribund waterfront?

Food Packaging Trends That Tread More Lightly on the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

As environmentally conscious consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging, we are seeing significant innovation in food industry packaging. With that, we see five emerging trends that we expect to continue and grow in coming years.

Declutter Your Business: Work in an Office, Live in the Cloud

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

Our company recently moved into a new office, which presented a terrific opportunity to change those patterns. First of all, we have no closet...seriously. As a result of our move, we are now compelled to operate with just the necessities. We work in an office, but we live in the cloud.

Hottest Style Trends for Spring 2014

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I am becoming more fashion forward. Still, I can get flustered easily and overwhelmed with clothing options so I spoke with an expert. Cate Rodrigue, Brand Manager at Orb Clothing shared with me some good news. There is plenty of casual, comfy (mandatory) and earth-friendly fashion this spring.

Congratulations to Canada's 2014 Earth Hour City Capital!

David R. Miller | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

This morning, I was proud to shake Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson's hand and congratulate the City of Edmonton on being named Canada's Earth Hour City Capital for 2014.

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

Costa Rica's Coffee Revolution

Adam Pesce | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Pesce

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I witnessed a "revolution," though thankfully not the kind that culminates in a coup d'état. What I saw was the so-called "micro-mill revolution" -- a new way in which coffee is processed and sold, that could help transform the way specialty coffee is traded, to the betterment of all involved.

Are Your Sustainable Practices Really Making a Difference?

Tyler Elm | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

The elephant in the room is that while sustainability will continue to be relevant to the business operations of retailers and product manufactures, management has utterly failed to make sustainability a material or even a well understood concept for front-line employees, customers and most product brands, except during times of crisis.

How I Was Uplifted By World Visionaries Fighting Against GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Recently I had an awesome opportunity to go to Australia and speak about GMOs for the Uplift Festival. After our 23-hour flight, it finally hit me. We're really here. My life may be changed forever. It was so refreshing to be around other like-minded youth who believe you are never too young to change the world!

Why Canada Should Demand Sustainable Trade Practices From Its Partners

David R. Miller | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Business
David R. Miller

Canada has actually become an international leader in the fight against "pirate" fishing. Shouldn't we be demanding that same level of leadership from others? Shouldn't we be at the table pushing for an agreement that makes strong, legally-binding environmental legislation the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable global economy?

Climate Change Isn't Just Going to Go Away Overnight

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

It's nice to imagine that the great environmental challenges of our time will mystically be solved by outside forces so that we can just keep doing what we are doing to the Earth that sustains us. Alas, that is an impossible hope.

How Climate Change Could Affect Your Pension

Kevin Grandia | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

Is your pension fund or insurance company a leader or laggard when it comes to avoiding risky bets on the future impacts of climate change? A new survey finds that major Canadian institutional investors are not adequately taking into account the long term financial risks of climate impacts.

Creating a Global Platform for Sustainability

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

Earlier this fall I participated in a panel at the Toronto Board of Trade about "Achieving a sustainable and responsible global sourcing policy." Given their supply chain power, companies must continually advance more sustainable practices and must be reinforced by benchmarking transparency standards. In practice, what does this mean?

Will Harper Take a Big Climate Change Opportunity?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

With talks starting this week in Warsaw Harper and his new environment minister, Leona Aglukaqq, have an opportunity to redeem themselves. It would be good for our international reputation to do so, not to mention my children's children who, as it stands today, face a pretty bleak future

Entourage Star's Advice On Eco-Friendly Businesses

AOL ON | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Business

Entourage star Adrian Grenier talks about his eco-friendly wine and coffee lines, and creating an environmentally sustainable business, on AOL's serie...

Greenpeace Pipeline Protest Highlights What's At Stake For B.C.

Kevin Grandia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

The expanded pipeline will mean more oil tankers than ever in Vancouver's harbor area and it is a ridiculously short-sighted idea. The math is simple: the more tankers, the more risk of spills and a spill in Vancouver's Burrard inlet, or anywhere on our coast for that matter, puts at jeopardy our thriving multi-billion dollar tourism industry and other coastal economies. Imagine the Seawall around Stanley Park lapping in oil. We would likely have to get rid of the "Beautiful BC" on our license plates.

Disabilities in Ethiopia: The Same, But Different as Canada

Krista O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Krista O'Brien

It is incredible to see how people with disabilities are being included and advocated for now, compared to how they have been treated and excluded in the past. The work is not done yet; there are still many ways to improve the quality of life and opportunities available for people with disabilities in Ethiopia.

5 Green Things You Can Do Today That Will Make A Difference

Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living

Although any eco-friendly steps you make contribute towards a healthier planet, putting in a little more effort can result in hugely reducing your car...

Coffee's Complicated Relationship With Capitalism

Adam Pesce | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Pesce

The concept of sustainability is not just a feel-good marketing concept; it is both a moral and functional imperative. And so, to make the financial case for paying farmers more is simple: if we don't do it now, there won't be coffee to sell later. To make the humanitarian case for it is just as simple: coffee farmers deserve better.

How Germs Make Electricity From Human Waste

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgWith an increase in population and the continuing threat of the end of the fossil fuel era, researchers have looked in other directions to help keep the lights on. In particular, one incredibly abundant resource on the planet, dead organic material collectively known as biomass has been identified as the future or renewable energy.

Smartphones? Pshhh. Get Ready For Smart Buildings

Jana Schilder | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Jana Schilder

Embedded sensors are cheap and more importantly, they talk to each other and the grid. In an office building, for example, sensors can manage heat, air conditioning, office lights, building security, and video concierge service all from one location. The concept of "smart buildings" has been around for 10 years, but it has now arrived. It's real. With embedded sensors, software and a dashboard to control all connected elements, the building now becomes a "smart building." Did 25 per cent of employees forget to turn off their computers? No problem; Cisco systems can turn them all off remotely and save electricity.

How To Love Pink Salmon

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

As B.C. rivers burst their banks with pink salmon, we thought it was time to look at this much-maligned species of the West Coast's favourite fish, an...

Whose Water? A B.C. First Nation Perspective

Larry Commodore | Posted 11.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Larry Commodore

As is so often the case here in B.C. when controversy arises concerning land and resources, many non-natives rally to the cry that it is "our" resources or "public land" that's at stake. To some First Nations, this is met with puzzlement: how did my people's traditional land and resources become something that belongs to all British Columbians?

Fermented Foods Are Fantastic for Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Many a farmer and researcher have searched for ways to preserve shelf life. A small group of people have learned that in order to beat the bugs, they need to incorporate not chemicals or cooling but a collection of microbes that can not only keep food safe, but also keep it tasty for ages.