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July 2020 Newsletter

Carbon 613’s Day of Recognition!

Celebrating Ottawa’s green businesses

On Tuesday, August 11th @ 1:00PM, we’re hosting Carbon 613’s Day of Recognition online, an opportunity to celebrate the sustainability achievements of our member businesses, learn from and network with leaders in Canada’s Green Business sector!

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate with us and your fellow Ottawa green businesses. Get your tickets now

Carbon 613 Members must complete the short Awards Survey by TODAY, Wednesday July 15th to be considered for awards selection! 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us!

Green Stories

Building Re-Entry Resources

The CaGBC has put together a list of resources for safe and healthy building re-entry as re-opening continues in phases. New LEED pilot credits are available for cleaning/disinfecting, re-entry precautions, managing air quality and more!

How Companies Can Get Net-Zero Right

In May, more than 150 corporations worth US$2.4 trillion joined a United Nations–backed, CEO-led climate advocacy effort asking governments to align their economic recovery plans with “reaching net-zero emissions well before 2050.” The Pembina Institute and Corporate Knights have laid out a few principles that should guide our collective thinking. Read the article here!

“Green Strings” for Ottawa’s COVID Recovery 

More of Canada’s leading environmental organizations are calling for “green strings” on Ottawa’s COVID-19 recovery funding package, saying the government must limit its financial support to companies that adopt a 2050 net-zero deadline. Will your organization be ready to take advantage of green funding opportunities when they become available?

Milky Change: Sustainability on Tour

Alternative rock-folk music group Milky Chance’s blog, “Milky Change”, seeks to influence systemic change on sustainability in the music industry. Have a look for some great inspiration around procurement, energy, and travel from the artists’ perspectives.

Events

Virtual Speaker Series – IKEA Canada

On July 16th @ 2:00pm, we will be joined by Melissa Mirowski, Head of Sustainability for IKEA Canada! Melissa will be talking us through the IKEA People and Planet Positive sustainability strategy, how the economy is transforming to become 100% circular by 2030, and regenerating resources while growing the IKEA business. Register Now!

CaGBC: Building Lasting Change 2020 

From Sept 22nd to Oct 20th, join the CaGBC for BLC 2020, five half-days of forward-thinking solutions, practical ideas and education, including online interactions with the leaders, investors and innovators of Canada’s burgeoning green building marketplace. Registration opens on July 15th!

GreenBiz Webcasts  

This new accelerator initiative aims to empower and equip companies to set ambitious corporate targets aligned with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accelerate integration into core business management.

The rationale for investing in innovative forest projects, how to participate, and top criteria for vetting forest carbon solutions.

News From the Network

Sustainable.Eco Podcast 

Sustainable Kingston has launched a new monthly sustainably.eco podcast. The first episode is available now on a variety of platforms. Check it out here!

Green Economy Hub London

Argent Electrical is the newest member of the Green Economy London Hub network. They work on PV solar, LED lighting, off-grid development, cannabis production, EV charging infrastructure and more!

Member Memos

2019 Award Surveys

As mentioned above, our annual Day of Recognition is coming up on August 11th, and will be hosted online. Please register those who will be attending from your organization, and complete the short Awards Survey to give us a snapshot of your your sustainability in 2019.

Not a Carbon 613 member? Join us for a chance to win awards for your sustainability work!

Weekly Wednesday Workplace Tips

Have you been enjoying our workplace sustainability tips each Wednesday? Let us know what your staff thinks!

Non-Members

Not a Carbon 613 member? Join us!

Weekly Tips

Maximize Natural Lighting

Did you know that taking advantage of natural light can lead to significant health and wellness benefits while lowering your energy consumption?

Be strategic in how you set up your home office, desk, or workspace to maximize natural light coming in. Placing your desk near a window or installing a well placed mirror can amplify natural light.

You can adjust your workspace or even your working hours seasonally to maximize the benefits and minimize your carbon footprint!

Learn more here!

Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is a great way to cut carbon by reducing packaging (embodied carbon and waste) and reducing shipping emissions. Plus, one trip is better than ten. 

Bonus: it will likely reduce waste as staff and management begin to keep a close eye on purchasing cycles.

Learn more here!

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