As the creation of the Water Program by the Carbon Disclosure Project shows, managements and investors increasingly recognize the importance of the water-energy nexus and water-related risks. Businesses across Canada are collaborating with municipalities on innovative water conservation projects. With free water audit and financial incentives for retrofits, municipalities are helping companies like Toyota and Brick Brewing to conserve water and reach their corporate environmental goals. We look at some example projects and offer tips on how your corporation can get started.
What is your carbon footprint? Each Canadian causes 15 tons of CO2 emission per year, American 18 tons, Australian 17 tons, Dutch 11 tons, German 9 tons, British 8 tons, Chinese 6 tons, Indian 2 tons. How much of these emissions are caused by business travels? What can you do to reduce your business travel footprint? Let’s find out.
When you see a product that says carbon neutral, what does it mean? Guest contributor Arshabhi Rai looks into Italy’s number one selling wine in Canada, Santa Margherita’s Pinot Grigio. It is produced in Italy, imported into Canada by Lifford Wine, and certified by Carbonzero as carbon neutral. He investigates its Italian supply chain and production, shipping to Canada, and sales and consumption within Canada to learn what it means to be carbon neutral.
Office building green roofs tend to be a ‘spectator sport’: look but don’t touch. Telus launch their participatory rooftop garden in their downtown Toronto building where staff are encouraged to seed, water, weed, and harvest the vegetables. I talk to Sameer Panjwani, National Chair of Telus Green Team, to see how this environmental employee engagement initiative came to harvest.
Each day offices across Canada and the U.S. receive thousands of shipments in cardboard boxes. Once unpacked they go straight to recycling depots or landfills. Office supplies chain Grand and Toy and its US parent OfficeMax launch their reusable Boomerang Box to help their customers go green and reposition themselves from a commodity supplier to a business partner. We take a look behind the scenes to see how they use sustainability as a business strategy.