Sustainability Program: Resources and Links

This section is dedicated to resources and links on sustainability websites.

Government Websites

City of Vancouver – The Sustainability Group is a branch of the City of Vancouver dedicated to climate protection, green architecture, active transportation, sustainable systems and bringing sustainability to all aspects of running and building the city.

http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/

One Day Vancouver – We can all make a difference by taking small steps to reduce energy use, at home and on the road, to make Vancouver the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world. This is the City of Vancouver’s community engagement process in support of its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. www.ondedayvancouver.ca

Not-for-Profit Organizations

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) – A volunteer-run non-profit societY whose members work to improve conditions for cycling in the Lower Mainland. The VACC organizes the annual Bike to Work Week.

David Suzuki Foundation – Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability and the Nature Challenge – the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.

www.davidsuzuki.org

BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) – A not-for-profit organization that offers innovative programs to promote alternative transportation. They are responsible for initiatives such as the Commuter Challenge of which Alexander Holburn is a proud participant and June is Bike Month.

www.best.bc.ca

Corporate Social Responsibility

World Business Council for Sustainable Development – A good source of information on corporate social responsibility.

www.wbcsd.org

Natural Resources Canada – A government website dedicated to the development of Canada’s natural resources.

www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca 

“Green” Suppliers

Edible Canada – a culinary concierge service providing local restaurant recommendations and culinary tours. It also maintains a retail store in Granville Island selling only B.C. produced products.

www.ediblecanada.com

Design Can Change – This initiative is the mastermind of the designers at Smashlab. Design Can Change challenges graphic designers to take the “pledge” to become a sustainable designer.  Learn more about what the pledge entails at

www.designcanchange.org

Other

Commuter Challenge (June) – A national program that encourages Canadians to walk, cycle, take transit, carpool or tele-work instead of driving alone to work. The Challenge supports workplaces as they encourage their employees to leave their cars at home for their personal health, the health of their communities and the health of the environment. Individual Canadians can participate too.

Red Dot Campaign – Choose to reduce paper waste and clutter by saying NO to Junk Mail through Canada Post’s eco-friendly Consumer Choice option. Canada Post will honour your request to say no to unaddressed advertising materials.

www.reddotcampaign.ca