Canada Sustainability

Focus on the Benefits of Combating Climate Change

John Izzo | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Business
John Izzo

Almost all of our communication about climate change and sustainability is about how bad things are going to get if we don't change our ways -- floods, droughts, crop failures, coastal cities underwater and so on. All the evidence of how we are screwing things up can overload people, but when they see a new world arriving that might be better than the old one, they get excited.

What Your Buildings Say About Your Brand

Andrea Goertz | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

While not always top of mind in traditional brand assessments, a company's real estate holdings can be one of the most meaningful and concrete representations of its brand. Office buildings define skylines, shape cities' personalities and transform neighbourhoods. In doing so, they have tremendous potential to exhibit the true essence of a company's brand.

The 10 Best Universities for 'Hippies' and 'Hipsters' | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living

Do you rock skinny jeans and dark-rimmed glasses on a near-daily basis? Or are you someone who's passionate about the environment and sustainability? If so, you're probably interested in what Canadian universities are doing to foster and support these sub-cultures.

What the UN SDGs Mean for Canada's North

WWF-Canada | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Impact

Food security, health care, drinking water, and reliable infrastructure are things that all Canadians should enjoy, but many in the north do not. WWF-Canada looks forward to working with stakeholders to bring Canada's UN Sustainable Development Goals to life.

Canada Needs a National Urban Forest Strategy

Michael Rosen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Michael Rosen

Considering the environment never receives much discussion around election time, it should come as no surprise that the topic of urban tree cover is buried deep in the forest of political discourse, under a layer of heavy brush. However, I believe a big part of our national identity is tied to the environment, and our leaders should strive to improve the health of our communities and the Canadians who live in them.

Vancouver's Community-Led Startup Culture Makes it World-Class

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

With each startup event that happens throughout the year, we are standing a little taller as a community, being a little more innovative and getting back to the business of hard work. That's the defining factor: When things don't come easy, we work harder. For me, that's the startup culture in Vancouver.

I'm a Millennial Who Broke Up With Fast Fashion

Ana Wang | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Style
Ana Wang

I'm the girl who believes that the planet and its people are more important than a few extra things in my closet but I was not born from a rock hugging trees and growing my own food. I wasn't born an activist -- in fact, I'm non-confrontational, a bit timid and I don't always remember to recycle. And yet, I broke up with fast fashion.

This Company Exemplifies the Power of Work-Life Integration

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Business
Tiffany Leigh

The seamless integration of work and life has been imperative to the growth and successes of Clif Bar & Company. By fostering a community connectedness through group exercises, community service, and shared weekly organic meals together in their in-house cafe, they've openly discussed the types of food they want in their diets and for their families.

Climate Change Could Mean You'll Have to Skip Your Morning Coffee

Jillian Doucette | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Jillian Doucette

Coffee is social, cultural, and for much of the Western world, coffee is fuel. For many of us, our morning coffee is top priority in keeping up with life's many demands. Unfortunately for coffee junkies worldwide, the coffee industry is being threatened on a global level by the impacts of climate change.

The World Needs More Green Bonds

Andrea Goertz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Green bonds are a new type of financing that make it easier for organizations to fund projects that deliver positive environmental and climate benefits. Green bond proceeds exclusively fund green initiatives and, unlike traditional bonds where investors do not have visibility into how the funds will be used, require transparency so investors can see that the funds are being used to benefit or protect our planet.

Farming Regulations Could Rob You of Your Most Fundamental Right

Jonathan Rizzolo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jonathan Rizzolo

What we choose to eat is our most fundamental right. At least, it should be. What deeper connection do we have to our natural world than with the food that becomes part of our own flesh and bone? Farming, then, should be seen as one of the most valued and respected trades. Yet, government efforts to control our food supply is threatening food security and our freedom as a community.

Why it Pays off to Be Transparent in Business

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Transparency is one of those words that is constantly thrown around in the business world. Many companies make claims of an increased commitment to transparency, but approach these promises under the simplest definition: openness and honesty in business practice.

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.