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British Columbia’s carbon tax has been an environmental and economic success.

The Board of Change, Clean Energy BC, Climate Smart, the Pembina Institute and Clean Energy Canada are working with B.C. businesses to register their support for a stronger carbon tax during the ongoing Climate Leadership Plan consultation.

As leaders in Canada and around the world commit to stronger and stronger climate-change policies, B.C.’s carbon tax has remained frozen since 2013. The result: carbon pollution is once again on the rise in the province, and we risk being left behind as the world shifts to a low-carbon economy. (more…)

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Our annual sustainability bash is just around the corner. Like all Board of Change parties we promise not to disappoint. Great hosts, people, food and fun.

Re-Purpose Your Textiles: As a part of our TRANSFORMATION theme we’ll be transforming a medal frame into a textile sculpture of a giant butterfly. We’re asking everyone to bring 1 to 5 pieces of used clothing that we’ll use to built the sculpture. All clothing will be donated to charities after the event. (more…)

Join the Board of Change and UBC Continuing Studies on Thurs., January 21, for the launch of Larry Berglund’s recently published book Good Planets Are Hard to Buy.

Larry Berglund is on a mission. His book, Good Planets Are Hard to Buy, is an easy to read handbook written for every entrepreneur, management team, supply chain manager and those in small, mid-sized or large organizations who want their company to do the right thing by the planet while staying competitive. It is the step-by-step guidebook to sustainability that gives you the Why arguments for those in your organization who are resistant, the Who to know about and get involved and the How to make it happen and keep making it happen. CLICK HERE for more information and to buy tickets.

Happy 2016! It’s hard to believe we are already into the New Year and what better way to kick off 2016 than with Vertality6 – our annual sustainability bash. We are pleased to announce that Coro Strandberg, Strandberg Consulting and Adam Millard, ello Foods and 3Fold Partners, will be our hosts for this year’s event, and what better theme for an event that involves Coro than **TRANSFORMATION.** Like all of our parties we promise not to disappoint, with great people, great food from the Roaming Dragon, music and new experiences. Visit the event page for more information and to buy tickets.

Why sustainability?

This month’s sustainable guest is Aron Bjornson, director of marketing at Salt Spring Coffee. I had the honor of meeting Aron during a Board of Change  event last year about 1% for the planet. In this interview, Aron and I talked about what it takes to achieve better business practices within an organization. There are a lot of great strategies available to SMEs but not all of them will be a good fit to every organization. It is imperative to evaluate before implementing.

For Aron, working to make a difference was not a choice but a must. He wanted to find work where he could make a difference in other people’s life. Working with his staff, suppliers, farmers or other departments, Aron always strives to create a better place for everyone he interacts with. People taking decisions without questioning their impact is clearly a lack of knowledge. It amazes him to see decision makers who are not taking into account the consequences of their actions and do not try to dig deeper to understand the real impact of their decision making process. Society acts as if there was no generation after their own. We are here for a lifetime and then the next generation takes over. It is our responsibility to make sure that our actions will not be having a negative effect on our children’s lives. It is a selfish way of thinking. As businesses, we have the obligation to look into a longer-term piece and holding ourselves accountable for the actions we are taking well passed just selling a product.

When Mickey first started Salt Spring Coffee in the early 1980s they already had a sustainability vision by being organic farmers and providing roasting coffee as a selling product. They had a sense of curiosity (first step to sustainability) by asking the real questions:

  • How can I get the best product?
  • How can I achieve greater quality and reduce the impact?
  • How can I give back to the employees and the community?

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This month, Maxime at LeadingAhead is discussing sustainability with Coro Strandberg. Coro is an industry pioneer since 1992 when she received her first mandate towards social responsibility. After holding various roles in business and government, in 2004 Coro decided to pursue her own path and founded Strandberg Consulting. Since then, she has been working with multiple industry leaders developing long term strategies benefiting her clients not only financially but also with better business practices. (more…)

On Thurs., Nov. 19th, Coro Strandberg, influential sustainability strategist and thought leader, will provide an overview of the new global sustainability leadership standard: The Transformational Company. Coro has written a guide for companies who recognize the need to scale up their CSR and sustainability efforts to address systemic societal risks, challenges and opportunities and secure a positive future for themselves and society. Coro will reflect on the past and future of social business leadership from her 25-plus years in the field, starting with her board position at Vancity Credit Union in the 1980s to her role as business consultant today.

We continue our October theme on impact investing with JP Harrison of Genus Capital and Christie Stephenson of Purpose Capital. In this information presentation, they will show how shifting assets toward impact investments can empower positive social and environmental change.
Learn how you to can become an “impact investor”, about current strategies, the players already involved, as well as concrete examples of how impact investing can work in practice. This talk will take place on Tues., Oct 27 @ 5:30pm at DUDOC (Dutch Urban Design Centre, 1445 W Georgia). Click Here for more information.

Join the growing list of businesses who have taken Vancouver’s Climate Pledge. The Climate Pledge, announced in September by Mayor Gregor Robertson, provides a formal way for Vancouver businesses to get in behind the call for stronger action on climate change globally and also encourages businesses to align with Vancouver’s vision to shift to 100% renewable energy, to have their own corporate carbon reduction and renewable energy targets, and to challenge other businesses to sign the Pledge. The Pledge is a first step in many actions and programs planned to be launched by the City and the Vancouver Economic Commission in the coming months leading up to December 2015, when the world will converge on Paris, France for the COP21 Climate Summit. (more…)

On Oct. 13, The Harper Decade Lecture Series: Vancouver will lead a discussion about Canada’s climate record heading up to the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. Panelists Jennifer Allan, Tzeporah Berman and Marc Lee will explore two themes with regard to Canada’s climate record: the weakness of our climate policy and performance over the past decade; and the significance of the upcoming UN climate conference. The discussion will be moderated by Bill McIntosh. This event will be held at the Vancouver Community College on Tues. Oct. 13, beginning at 6pm. It is free to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Click here for full details.

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