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 kind
in 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 is a membership-based program which provides tools to measure emissions, resources to manage them, and recognition for success. For early adopter members Skye Little and Kelly Young, owner/operators of HiaMedia Inc., the benefits of joining are clear.
"Whatever we can do now to reduce our energy use is a savings we can take to bank," said Little. "We are excited to work with a team who will help us make the best choices to reduce our carbon footprint."
A $315,700 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has provided start-up capital for this social enterprise which plans to be largely self-sufficient after three years.
"Our government is committed to supporting organizations that work toward a healthier environment and reducing the effects of climate change. We continue to make big strides in the right direction and I'm pleased that the Ontario Trillium Foundation provides funding to help further these goals," said Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury.
A FedNor Internship grant and funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change also supported the program's launch.
Green Economy North is the sixth program to launch as a member of the Sustainability Colab network.
"We're thrilled to see Green Economy North launch in Sudbury, as a strong signal that the low-carbon economy is continuing to grow across Ontario," said Mike Morrice, Executive Director of Sustainability Colab. "With this program in place, businesses in Northeastern Ontario will now be supported in driving innovations that measurably reduce their environmental impact
while building a resilient, low-carbon economy."