Green Economy North to Recognize Sustainable Businesses, Environmental Champions, at Evening of Recognition
Sudbury residents are invited to a ‘Green Gala’ to celebrate Earth Day, and local businesses who are making the environment a priority. Business, community and environmental leaders will gather on Thursday April 20th for the first Green Economy North Evening of Recognition. The event, held at College Boreal, will recognize individuals and organizations that have made strides toward sustainable business, including this year’s Environmental Champions.
Small Business Can Reduce Sudbury’s Carbon Footprint: Report Business Energy and Emissions Profile Describes Impact, Opportunity of Environmental Sustainability for Small & Medium Businesses.
March 28, 2017For Immediate Release
SUDBURY- A newly released study shows Sudbury’s small business community can have a big impact on our community’s carbon footprint.
Green Economy North, Sudbury’s sustainability program for business, released the city’s first Business Energy and Emissions Profile at a briefing Tuesday.
“No one has quantified, until now, the carbon footprint of Sudbury’s small and medium-sized businesses,” said Richard Eberhardt, Program Manager of Green Economy North. “This new data shows that businesses of all sizes can play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time, make major operational savings.”
Focusing on the energy use and emissions of 3,000 of Sudbury’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), the report studies businesses which are not required to report under the provincial Cap and Trade legislations.
These business, employing over 51,000 Sudburians, have a combined total emissions of 254,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Depending on the industrial sector, the emissions come from a combination of space heating, vehicle use, electricity consumption, and waste disposal.
Green Economy North works with organizations of all sizes to reduce annual emissions while increasing competitive advantage.
“By setting a target of 20% or more, we can have a huge impact on the overall sustainability of the city - and it’s possible.” says Eberhardt “This report breaks down both the business case and the most effective strategies for smaller businesses to make real changes.”
Green Economy North has calculated that reducing Sudbury’s emissions from SMEs by 20% would save 50,800 tonnes of CO2 per year, an amount equivalent to:
• the energy needed to power 5,400 homes,• OR taking 10,700 cars off the road.
The second of its kind in Ontario, the report was produced with the expertise of Climate Smart BC, which has released similar documents in Victoria, Vancouver, and York Region.
“Businesses measure what matters, and increasingly carbon footprint matters,” says Rebecca Danard, Executive Director of reThink Green. “Small businesses are essential to our economy, and we will continue to work with them to help them think long-term when it comes to environmental sustainability.”
The Business Energy and Emissions Profile is available as both an interactive dashboard and a comprehensive report, and can be accessed at: www.greeneconomynorth.ca/beep
Green Economy North is seeking nominations for Environmental Champion of the Year.
This award will recognize individuals in Greater Sudbury that are working to improve their organizations environmental sustainability. Green Economy North has put the call out to business operators and institutions looking for nominations.
The Sustainability Advantage for Sudbury’s Industrial and Mining Sectors was held on February 22, 2017 at the TownePlace Suites in Sudbury. This event was presented by Green Economy North, Sudbury’s business sustainability program. Jody Kuzenko, Director of Refining for Ontario Vale, opened the workshop with comments about Vale’s continuous commitment to lower emissions, and the successful programs that have helped improve Vale’s carbon footprint.
Six more businesses have resolved to lower their carbon emissions in 2017.
Green Economy North is a growing network of organizations working to achieve an economic benefit for going green. Program Manager Richard Eberhardt welcomed six members ready to get started in the New Year.
“We are very excited to be at the hub of this growing low-carbon economy, which is growing across all of Sudbury’s sectors,” said Eberhardt. “From the Theatre Centre to local churches, major mining companies to small print shops - every business can measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and find cost savings.”
The TownePlace Suites by Marriot is one of the largest of Green Economy North’s new members.
“Being environmentally sustainable makes good business sense,” said Xavier Icardo, Towneplace Suites General Manager. “We have areas that we’d like to work on, like better organic recycling, but we’re already making strides toward a more sustainable operation with basic recycling, controls, goals and green teams already set up. I hope to see other businesses make it their New Year’s Resolution to join Green Economy North.”
Green Economy North is excited to add Wahnapitae First Nation to its growing membership.
“We are thrilled to welcome Wahnapitae First Nation the 10th member of our program, and as the first indigenous organization in our Ontario-wide network,” said Richard Eberhardt, Program Manager. “Wahnapitae First Nation has an excellent reputation among local Indigenous organizations for its commitment to sustainable development.”
Working with Green Economy North, Wahnapitae First Nation will measure and manage its energy usage and carbon emissions, and will set a target for reductions.
“Wahnapitae First Nation recognizes the importance of relationship building, and we continuously work with industry, government and First Nation bodies to foster effective positive relationships that support principles of sustainable development,” said Jolene Recollet, Economic Development Officer for the community.
The team behind reThink Green and their business support program Green Economy North has grown.
reThink Green project aims to "build the low-carbon economy" Sudbury - To celebrate Earth Day, reThink Green has launched Green Economy North as the hub of Greater Sudbury's low carbon economy. This target-based sustainability program for business is the first of its kindin Northern Ontario. "Green Economy North helps businesses and organizations realize the competitive advantage of becoming environmentally sustainable," said Rebecca Danard, Executive Director of reThink Green. "We work directly with our members, helping to build a plan, access expertise, and make changes which strengthen their bottom line."
Green Economy North will launch Earth Day, Friday April 22nd in Sudbury. This program will build Sudbury’s Low-Carbon Economy by working directly with businesses and organizations to maximize the economic benefit of sustainability. Project organizers from reThink Green are hosting a public event to celebrate the launch.
reThink Green, Sudbury’s environmental network is welcoming new staff in preparation for the launch of its target-based sustainability program Green Economy North.
Longtime community and political organizer Richard Eberhardt will lead the project ahead of an April 22nd launch. As Program Manager of Green Economy North, Eberhardt will encourage sustainable business as a way to meet both environmental and economic goals.
Caleigh Yaworsky, in her final year of Cambrian College’s Public Relations program, will support the program launch as Social Media and Events Coordinator.
Executive Director Rebecca Danard is thrilled with the new energy behind the project.
“We are so excited to have a growing team to bring this initiative to life,” said Danard. “Sudbury is one step closer to a more sustainable future.”