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Embedding Sustainability into the Culture of Municipal Government
London, Ottawa, and Vancouver, November 15, 2011—A growing number of municipal governments across the country are aiming to become beacons of sustainability in their communities, but many are struggling to lead by example. A free new report released today, Embedding Sustainability into the Culture of Municipal Government, promises to help municipal change agents advance sustainability in their organizations and become role models for others in the community.
Developed as a collaboration between the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), The Natural Step Canada, and Dr. Stephanie Bertels from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, the report is the result of a comprehensive review of municipal sustainability practices from across Canada. Based on leading research, the guide provides practical guidance for municipal practitioners and organizations to support a culture of sustainability in municipal governments.
Available for download and distribution for free, municipal change agents are encouraged to study this new resource, share it widely with their colleagues, and incorporate it into their municipal sustainability planning. Embedding Sustainability into the Culture of Municipal Government is available at www.thenaturalstep.org/canada/toolkits#municipalgovernment.
- RealLeaders: The Big Max - Doing good has made Swedish-based, Max Restaurants, one of the most successful chains in the world
Long time partner of The Natural Step Sweden's Max Hamburger Restaurants chain continues to inspire the world with evidence that sustainable business pays off. The fastest growing restaurant chain's sustainability efforts were once again featured in the news, this time in an article by RealLeaders.
“Max Restaurants cannot thrive in a society that fails.” This is the opinion of Richard Bergfors (YPO Sweden), president of Max Hamburger Restaurants, the fastest growing restaurant chain in Sweden. He has a vision for how restaurants should be run and it’s less about efficient preparation techniques and more about how to create a better and more sustainable world that fills employees with meaning, purpose, and a positive culture. His vision for Max is to be a sustainable company in a sustainable world.
The Making of a Sustainability Champion: Passionate youth gain training, inspire each other, and lead sustainability projects in their community… Are you the next Champion?
“Oh! So you mean I'm a leader even though I’m not up on the front podium?” exclaimed Danielle, a soft spoken and bright participant in The Natural Step Canada’s recent Sustainability Champions Training in Ottawa (next session coming up in Edmonton). The other 15 young champions smiled, realizing this was a great moment in their new friend’s life. On a sunny fall afternoon in the park, discussing what we value about leaders in our lives, Danielle just realized she is a leader. That is what this work is all about and I am so proud to be a part of it.
The Co-operators has launched a toolkit offering guidance for leading more environmentally sustainable lives.
Sustainability at Home: Decision making help for your everyday choices was released in partnership with The Natural Step Canada.
The toolkit presents Canadians with practical tips and ideas on how to "green" their homes on a room-by-room basis. It is designed as a guide for all sizes of home, and includes sustainability advice on everything from grocery shopping to landscaping to disposing of medication.
Guelph and Ottawa, ON, November 8, 2011—Canadians across the country are making efforts to be more environmentally friendly in their day-to-day lives. Now they have access to a new information resource in Sustainability at Home: Decision making help for your everyday choices, a toolkit released today by The Co-operators in partnership with The Natural Step Canada.
Sustainability at Home helps Canadians identify opportunities to “green” their homes in a way that works within the capacity of nature to sustain us over the long term. It presents practical tips and ideas on a room-by-room basis. The toolkit is designed as a guide for every kind of household, large and small, and includes sustainability advice on everything from grocery shopping to landscaping to disposing of medication.
“By using the new Sustainability at Home toolkit, Canadian homeowners and tenants can make strategic decisions to advance sustainability in their homes, save money, and create a healthier living space for their families,” said Kelly Hawke Baxter, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada.
- MESSAGE FROM THE CANADIAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Celebrating a strong new leader, a strong team, & new approaches to social change
As we prepare for an important leadership change at the end of the year, this is the last letter I will be writing as Executive Director. For me, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on the accomplishments made and opportunities ahead.
I am extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the past decade at The Natural Step Canada. It has been encouraging to witness progress being made and the huge increase in awareness of the need for more sustainable ways of living and working. And it has been equally encouraging to be part of the birth and development of a dynamic new non-profit organization in Canada.
But despite the fact that The Natural Step Canada has now worked with over 200 organizations across the country—which has led to thousands of sustainable actions—sustainability remains an even more urgent challenge today. We face critical and growing sustainability crises on many fronts and there is a mounting feeling that time is running out. As a society, it is clear that we still have a great deal of work to do to transform our financial and social systems, and to shift sectors of Canadian society to be aligned with principles of sustainability. The sustainability movement in Canada needs to redouble its efforts.
Le groupe d’assurance Co-operators, en collaboration avec The Natural Step, a conçu un guide pratique destiné à aider les ménages à mieux intégrer les principes de développement durable dans leur quotidien.
Le document s’attarde notamment sur les pratiques que l’on peut adopter dans le cadre de son logement, pièce par pièce, tant dans la gestion au quotidien que dans des projets de rénovation.
An article was recently featured in Thompson's Daily Insurance News Service highlighting the recent launch of a new free sustainability toolkit, Sustainability at Home: Decision making help for your everyday choices developed by The Co-operators and The Natural Step Canada.
The Co-operators, in partnership with The Natural Step Canada, is offering guidance to Canadians on how to lead more sustainable lifestyles.
Guelph et Ottawa (Ontario), le 8 novembre 2011 – Les Canadiens à l’échelle du pays font des efforts pour être plus respectueux de l’environnement au quotidien. Pour y arriver, ils ont désormais accès au livret Le développement durable à la maison, un nouvel outil mis au point par Co-operators en collaboration avec l’organisme The Natural Step Canada.
Le livret Le développement durable à la maison aidera les Canadiens à repérer des moyens de rendre leur maison plus « verte ». Ce guide conçu à l’intention de tous les types de ménage (petit ou grand) offre en effet des idées pour chaque pièce de la maison et des conseils sur tout ce que le développement durable touche, de l’épicerie à l’aménagement paysager en passant par l’élimination des médicaments.
« Grâce au nouveau livret Le développement durable à la maison, les propriétaires et les locataires canadiens sauront prendre des décisions stratégiques qui leur permettront d’accroître la durabilité écologique de leur maison, d’économiser de l’argent et de créer pour leur famille un milieu de vie plus sain », indique Kelly Hawke Baxter, directrice générale de l’organisme The Natural Step Canada.