When Good Intentions are not Enough: De-Coding Supply Chain Sustainability

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supplychain01-500x350It is simply not enough in today’s world to just set out a CSR policy or a supplier code of conduct or total up the number of sustainability initiatives in the supply chain and think you are doing the right thing. The days of accountability by case study are fading fast. Companies must actually do the work and invest the capital to create lasting (and profitable) change in their supply chains

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Does your method of commuting cost or benefit society?

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Thanks to the folks at Moving Forward we can now determine the full cost and benefit of driving, taking the bus, cycling and walking in Metro Vancouver.  While your city might be different it still provides incredible insight into how we might want to better design our cities for the future.  Please take a few moments to consider your method of getting around and whether it’s a net cost or benefit to society.

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Canadian are squandering their water BUT there are solutions

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 Canada has one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, points out World Wildlife Fund Canada—and the third largest supply after Brazil and Russia, notes the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Yet that is only 7 percent of the world’s renewable fresh water supply, and “the perception that Canada is blessed with an abundance of freshwater has led to misuse and abuse of the resource,” says Environment Canada (EC).

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8 Lessons from an Emerging Sustainability Professional

Just 6 months after joining the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management program at U of T, I began to see a whole new world of opportunity about what it means to be a “leader in sustainability”. As part of my program, this summer I will work at Cennatek, a bioenergy start-up in London, Ontario, as the Business Development & Marketing intern. I’m excited to take the classroom lessons and use them to make an impact in this budding, but growing industry. For those who are in a similar stage in their careers, here are some lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

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Epic is On: Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games – Sustainability by Design

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.
— Nelson Mandela

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Ann Duffy, Naki Osutei and Zenia Wadhwani speaking about Sport and Sustainability 100 days before the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games at TSSS on April 1, 2015

On April 1st, 2015, at the offices of Loyalty One in Toronto, the 100-day countdown to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games was marked by an engaging discussion about sustainability and social engagement in the context of the Games.

While Mandela’s words were spoken in the context of sport being, “more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers”, his words ring true beyond that context. Sport’s ability to inspire and unite makes it an ideal springboard for addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time (including climate change, economic disparity and social injustice) that plague our countries and communities.

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