KellySustainability doesn’t get a vacation

At The Natural Step, we usually look forward to a slightly slower pace in the summer so that we can take full advantage of the beautiful Canadian summer weather and extended daylight hours. But this summer we find ourselves busier than ever. It seems sustainable development doesn’t take the summer off.

As the world shows increasingly alarming signals of our unsustainable way of life, never has the need for proven, strategic, applicable tools and methodologies to create on-the-ground sustainable solutions and system-wide change been stronger. (Read more...)


sust2NEW: Line-up of Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1) courses for Fall 2010 - Winter 2011

We are excited to announce a new line-up of Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1) courses taking place across the country this fall/winter. This is a 2-day intensive and interactive course for current and emerging sustainability practitioners. Participants will gain the knowledge, tools, and skills to strategically communicate, plan, and implement sustainability initiatives in their organization. Click below for more info and to register:

COMING FALL 2010: Sustainability for Leaders (Level 2) course

This course will build on the foundations of the Level 1 workshop to help you become proficient in applying The Natural Step Framework. Through face-to-face and online learning sessions, you’ll master the tools and techniques needed to lead your community, business, or organization in its sustainability journey. This course is the second step of three towards Certification as a TNS Service Provider. Pre-requisite: Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1) course, Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP) course, Master’s Program at BTH, or equivalent experience in applying The Natural Step Framework in your work.

Stay tuned to our web site and newsletter for more info soon. For further details and to let us know you’re interested, please contact Kim Larocque at klarocque[at]naturalstep[dot]ca or 613.748.3001 x.228.

Stories and photos from Sustainability for Leaders courses in Ottawa and Edmonton

The Natural Step is working with youth across the country to capture photographs at our courses, interview participants, and blog about their experiences. Check out the following stories and photos from our recent Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1) courses:

The Natural Step Canada gratefully acknowledges acknowledge The City of Edmonton for generously sponsoring our Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1) course in Edmonton.


Sustainable Business

NEW case study: SaskFlax

The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax) is a producer organization that represents more than 15,000 flax producers in Saskatchewan. In 2009, SaskFlax completed a visioning exercise with The Natural Step Canada that helped the organization formally incorporate sustainability into their day-to-day decisions and long-term planning. (Read the case study...)

ISL and The Co-operators named to Canada’s Green 30

We’d like to congratulate 2 business leaders we are working with, ISL Engineering and Land Services and The Co-operators, who were recently honoured by Hewitt Associates as part of Canada’s Green 30—organizations whose employees are most positive about their record on environmental stewardship. (Read more...)


CommunityNEW service offering: Municipal Sustainability Assessment and Roadmap

Regardless of whether your community is just starting your sustainability journey or have already developed an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, we can help you determine the most strategic next steps toward achieving your objectives. By undertaking an organizational reality check and developing clear strategic targets, we can help you move from planning to action. This assessment will look at your decision-making and planning practices and compare them to best practices. (Read more...)

Best Practices Scan of Sustainability Decision-Making and Planning for the Municipal Sector

With support from the City of Saskatoon, The Natural Step performed a scan of the best practices of leading municipalities with respect to integrating sustainability into governance and decision making. (Download a FREE copy of the report...)

Take our survey: Moving municipal sustainability from planning to implementation

The Natural Step Canada and the Whistler Center for Sustainability are joining forces to launch an interactive workshop series this fall focused on Moving Municipal Sustainability from Planning to Implementation. In order to ensure that the workshops are designed to meet the needs and expectations of municipal governments, we are conducting a short survey to gather information from municipal staff, councillors, and other experts from across the country. (Take the survey...)

Partners in Whistler named Greenest Employers in Canada

The Natural Step extends warm kudos to our partners at The Resort Municipality of Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb for recently being included on the 2010 list of Canada’s 50 Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. (Read more...)

Williams Lake wins Sustainable Communities Award

Along with our partners at the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, The Natural Step Canada would like to congratulate our friends at The City of Williams Lake in BC for winning the 2010 Sustainable Community Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. We applaud the community’s impeccable leadership and dedication to sustainability. (Read more...)

Imagine our Future: Great new video on community sustainability from Williams Lake

Watch this video about Williams Lake, BC, and how they engaged The Natural Step in developing an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan for the city and its neighbours...


UWO students making serious impact this summer

We have had the great opportunity to work with five extremely passionate and intelligent students from the University of Western Ontario’s Master’s in Environment and Sustainability, coaching them through their co-op placements. These students have been working with their employers to establish the business case for sustainability, support organizational visioning around sustainability, and create an action plan with training and coaching from The Natural Step Canada. (Read more...)

Youth leadership for sustainability at Canada’s Waterlution

We are proud to support Waterlution, the “un-conference” of the Canadian Water Innovation Lab this October 21-24. Young leaders will learn about Canada’s most pressing water issues using water as the catalyst to talk about larger issues and build cross-sectoral relationships that will lead to long-lasting change toward sustainability. The Natural Step Canada’s Karen Miller will be facilitating a workshop at the event. (Read more...)


Announcing the NEW Exchange PlatformExchange

The Natural Step Exchange is excited to announce the launch of its NEW online platform. The platform is designed to enable Exchange members to share their sustainability experiences, forge new relationships with others, and explore new connections and sustainability opportunities in Canada. (Visit the new platform today...)

Inviting Sustainability Practitioners and Leaders

The Natural Step Exchange is opening its doors to new members who want to learn, share, and connect with others while accelerating change toward a sustainable Canada. Memberships can be purchased by individuals, as well as organizations. For more information, please contact Emily Briggs at ebriggs[at]naturalstep[dot]ca or 613.748.3001 x.239. (Join now for: 2010... or 2010/11...)

A Member Story: The Co-operators ranked #2 on Best Corporate Citizens list

The Exchange would like to congratulate its founding sponsor and avid Exchange member, The Co-operators, for being ranked #2 among the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights Magazine! The Natural Step has been working with The Co-operators since 2006, helping the organization make great leaps toward sustainability. (Read more...)


We're looking for someone who is web- and tech-savvy... and loves it!

Reporting to the Manager of Communications, the E-Communications Coordinator (4-month internship in Ottawa, ON) will manage and support all areas of The Natural Step Canada's e-communications, including our web site, social media portals, multimedia, earned media, and e-newsletter. At times the coordinator may also be asked to support the Manager of Communications or other team members on other tasks.

Application deadline is July 18. (Read more...)


Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1) Course

A transformative approach to sustainability thinking, strategy, and results.

Montreal, QC: September 13-14, 2010 (in French)

Calgary, AB: September 28-29, 2010

Vancouver, BC: November 9-10, 2010

Winnipeg, MB: December 7-8, 2010

Toronto, ON: January 13-14, 2010

Saint John, NB: February 8-9, 2011

Ottawa, ON: April 12-13, 2011

GreenStorming / TempêtÉco

Une charrette d'idéation pour les étudiants

Montréal, QC: September 24-25, 2010

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt to speak at EcoCare 2010

Presented by London Health Sciences Centre, the only conference in Canada to speak directly to the link between healthcare, healthy communities, and the environment

London, ON: October 18, 2010

TNS at Waterlution "un-conference"

TNS Advisor Karen Miller will be participating as a workshop facilitator at the event, presented by the Canadian Water Innovation Lab

Exshaw, AB: October 21-24


YouTube: The Natural Step explained in 2 minutes! (Watch video...)

Vancouver Sun: Eco-work moves from margin to mainstream (Read more...)

Globe and Mail: TNS partner ISL Engineering applauded for greening their workplace (Read more...) Experts urge Edmonton to push ahead on environmental sustainability (Read more...)


All hands on deck: how systems thinkers will salvage the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Read more...)

Ecological Flow in “Living Buildings:” An interview with Clark Brockman (Read more...)

Interface reduces water use 80% per unit since 1996 (Read more...)

MSLS team wins International Paper, Staples, and Net Impact Case Competition (Read more...)




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WE ENVISION… a sustainable world in which individuals, communities, and businesses thrive within nature’s limits.

WE STRIVE… to inspire, educate, and connect Canadian leaders to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable world. • 613.748.3001
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