Second Annual Sustainable Solutions Workshop

January 9, 2010

Making a Difference

Over 100 employers (with 20 employees and up) from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors gathered last week for the second time to explore the topic of sustainability.

The workshop last year focussed on the “what” and “why”.  This workshop focussed on the “how”.  Bob Willard joined us again and introduced us to his new book – The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook.  Thanks to the Cooperators, all participants received a copy of the book.  Greg Durocher showcased the success of a Cambridge company in reducing energy use and how this has led to other businesses getting on board.  Kathryn Cooper spoke about the potential of eco-business zones.  Click here for their presentations.

In addition, participants were broken up into sector groups to discuss opportunities to address the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability in their businesses and organizations.  Results of these discussions will be summarized and posted.

The results of the first workshop were articulated in a “Commitment to a Sustainable Guelph“.  City Council endorsed this commitment on behalf of the organization in December. 

Recently, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Trellis and Guelph Environmental Leadership were successful in a Trillium grant application.  This funding will be used to continue to build on the momentum achieved by this annual workshop.

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An unwavering change maker seeking a just, democratic and sustainable world.

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