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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.
The Blekinge Institute of Technology’s Sustainability Masters program is taking applications for the 2012 year starting December 1. Located in Karlskrona, a beautiful town on the south eastern coast of Sweden, BTH’s Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) one-year Masters program teaches future leaders using innovative learning and leadership practices combined with the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (developed by The Natural Step).
Large windows allowing for a flooding of natural light is what graced guests arriving at the Sustainabili-TEA on October 16th at Ottawa City Hall. The venue was an excellent way to bring the outdoors inside and to reflect on what sustainability means in our lives and in our city. The Natural Step successfully united likeminded and forward thinking Ottawa citizens and brought them a few steps closer towards sustainability.
On October 13 and 14, nineteen professionals gathered in Edmonton to build their capacity as sustainability practitioners by participating in The Natural Step Canada’s Sustainability for Leaders Course - Level 1: Foundations (join us at the next session coming up in Vancouver).
Participants included professionals from Enermodal Engineering, Worley Parsons, Edmonton Airports, Stantec, Bullfrog Power, AIMCO, Landmark Group of Builders, EIDOS Consultants, Servus Credit Union and Earth Legacy, municipal leaders from the City of Red Deer and the Town of Stony Plain, and educators from Bow Valley College, Grant McEwan University, and NAIT. I had the pleasure of facilitating the course with my colleagues Sarah Brooks and Colin Baril.
The Natural Step Canada is proud to be a partner of the Green Living Awards for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility. We were involved in developing the criteria for the award and judging this year’s nominees. It was a pleasure for our team to recently attend the first-ever Awards for Excellence Gala, where corporate Canadians who are transforming business practices and creating social and environmental change were honoured.
Socially responsible companies shine at the inaugural Green Living’s Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards