Green is the colour! May 2011

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Half day interactive open workshop on green initiatives held in Mississauga.

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  • 1. Green is the colour!
    by Toronto Training and HR
    May 2011
  • 2. Contents
    3-4 Introduction to Toronto Training and HR
    5-11 Demand for green workers
    12-15 Calculating carbon emissions
    16-18 Purchasing carbon offsets
    19-20 Steps to become carbon neutral
    21-22 Drill
    23-24 Green washing
    25-26 Toronto Green Standard
    27-28 Indoor air quality
    29-30 Outdoor environment
    31-32 Reducing waste
    33-34 Conserving energy
    35-36 Transport
    37-38 Green business processes
    39-46 Tourism industry
    47-52 Case studies
    53-54 Conclusion and questions
    Page 2
  • 3. Page 3
    Introduction
  • 4. Page 4
    Introduction to Toronto Training and HR
    Toronto Training and HRis a specialist training and human resources consultancy headed by Timothy Holden
    10 years in banking
    10 years in training and human resources
    Freelance practitioner since 2006
    The core services provided by Toronto Training and HR are:
    • Training course design
    • 5. Training course delivery
    - Reducing costs
    • Saving time
    • 6. Improving employee engagement & morale
    • 7. Services for job seekers
  • Page 5
    Demand for green workers
  • 8. Page 6
    Demand for green workers 1 of 6
    IMPORTANT AT PRESENT
    Computer & Information Systems professionals
    Residential Homebuilders & renovators
    Architects & landscape architects
    Construction trades labourers
    Trades helpers & labourers
    Electricians
    Financiers / Business Development professionals
    Environmental consultants & analysts
    Skilled technicians & technologists
    Professional engineers
  • 9. Page 7
    Demand for green workers 2 of 6
    VACANCIES DIFFICULT TO FILL
    Computer & Information Systems professionals
    Designers, illustrators & interior designers
    Life scientists & researchers
    Construction trades labourers & licensed tradespersons
    Physical scientists & researchers
    Trades helpers & labourers
    Environmental consultants & analysts
    Financiers / Business Development professionals
    Professional engineers
    Skilled technicians & technologists
  • 10. Page 8
    Demand for green workers 3 of 6
    REASONS FOR HIRING PROBLEMS
    Work requires travel / relocation
    Immigration restrictions / non-recognition of credentials Heavy workload / long hours
    Regulations require certifications that people do not have
    Inadequate remuneration offered
    Institutions are not offering necessary training/education
    Lack of perceived career advancement opportunities
    No qualified staff available / availability shortage
    Inability to offer permanent employment
    Requires more or previous experience
  • 11. Page 9
    Demand for green workers 4 of 6
    OBSTACLES FOR HIRING PROBLEMS
    Staff retention
    High cost of living
    People skills
    Small population base
    Field/job not perceived as attractive or interesting
    Lack of full-time need for people
    Lack of remuneration / funding
    Finding people with proper technical skills
  • 12. Page 10
    Demand for green workers 5 of 6
    EFFECT OF HIRING PROBLEMS
    Slows exports
    Curtails expansion plans
    Limits production levels
    Requires staff/business owner(s) to work more hours
    Missed business opportunities
  • 13. Page 11
    Demand for green workers 6 of 6
    SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
    An employment referral service
    Assistance in developing competitive compensation packages
    More relevant trades training in schools
    More appropriate/relevant apprenticeship programs
    More relevant college/university training
    Partnerships between schools and business
    Tax credits for employee training
  • 14. Page 12
    Calculating carbon emissions
  • 15. Page 13
    Calculating carbon emissions 1 of 3
    GATHER DATA
    Determine your business activities that produce carbon emissions. These fall into two groups:
    a. Direct emissions: burning fuel to heat or cool buildings, generate electricity, run your business vehicles.
    b. Indirect emissions: purchasing electricity, heat and steam, and travelling or commuting in vehicles that are not owned by your business such as airplanes, trains, buses and employees‘ cars. This also includes carbon emissions associated with the production and manufacturing of
    materials you use in your business.
  • 16. Page 14
    Calculating carbon emissions 2 of 3
    GATHER DATA
    Consult utility statements and fuel records to determine how much energy you use in each activity. Finding data for indirect emissions-such as the amount of electricity used when you lease space, or carbon released in the production of raw materials-is more complicated since records
    are not often easily available.
    Establish the emissions factor that you will use. E.g. to calculate the carbon emissions from transportation, you need to know how many kg of carbon dioxide are produced per litre of fuel for air, train, bus or private vehicle km.
  • 17. Page 15
    Calculating carbon emissions 3 of 3
    CALCULATE EMISSIONS
    Use the calculator from one of the following:
    Environment Canada
    Tree Canada
    The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative
  • 18. Page 16
    Purchasing carbon offsets
  • 19. Page 17
    Purchasing carbon offsets 1 of 2
    DEFINITION
    TYPES OF PROJECT
    Renewable energy
    Energy efficiency
    Sequestration
    Methane capture
  • 20. Page 18
    Purchasing carbon offsets 2 of 2
    LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING
    Details on the types of projects and their success in offsetting carbon emissions, backed up with a monitoring and verification process
    Emphasis on offset quality
    Registration process to verify that the same offset has not been sold multiple times
    Investments in public awareness and education campaigns
    Benefits that go beyond the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions, such as energy conservation, biodiversity protection, plus local economic and social development
  • 21. Page 19
    Steps to become carbon neutral
  • 22. Page 20
    Steps to become carbon neutral
    Determine your carbon footprint
    Set your goal
    Reduce your footprint
    Offset a portion of your footprint
  • 23. Page 21
    Drill
  • 24. Page 22
    Drill
  • 25. Page 23
    Green washing
  • 26. Page 24
    Green washing
    Sin of the Hidden Trade-Off
    Sin of No Proof
    Sin of Vagueness
    Sin of Irrelevance
    Sin of Lesser of Two Evils
    Sin of Fibbing
  • 27. Page 25
    Toronto Green Standard
  • 28. Page 26
    Toronto Green Standard
    Air quality
    Greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency
    Water quality, quantity and efficiency
    Ecology
    Solid waste
  • 29. Page 27
    Indoor air quality
  • 30. Page 28
    Indoor air quality
    Natural air filtering
    Floors
    Walls
    Lead paint
    Windows
    Furniture
    Office
    Bathroom
    Kitchen
    Basement
    Cleaning products
  • 31. Page 29
    Outdoor environment
  • 32. Page 30
    Outdoor environment
    Landscaping
    Green roofs
    Water
    New development
    Creating a sustainable outdoor environment
  • 33. Page 31
    Reducing waste
  • 34. Page 32
    Reducing waste
    4 Rs
    Think longevity
    Pay the rent
    Think reusable
    Bulk up
    Embrace digital
    Skip the paper towels
  • 35. Page 33
    Conserving energy
  • 36. Page 34
    Conserving energy
    Lighting
    Washing
    Fridges
    Heating and cooling
  • 37. Page 35
    Transport
  • 38. Page 36
    Transport
    Green commuting practices
    Are there pedestrian and cycling-friendly routes to your location?
    Is employee parking provided at your location?
    Is it possible for some of your employees to telecommute even occasionally? Do you and/or your employees travel to multiple work locations for internal meetings?
    Sustainable transport
  • 39. Page 37
    Green business processes
  • 40. Page 38
    Green business processes
    Product development
    Marketing
    Training and education
    Administration
    Purchasing
    Operations
    Technology
    Business and strategic planning
  • 41. Page 39
    Tourism industry
  • 42. Page 40
    Tourism industry 1 of 7
    FOOD
    Food waste
    Waste disposal as resource recovery
    Napkins
    Local v organic
    Sustainable seafood
    Purchasing
    Water and energy
  • 43. Page 41
    Tourism industry 2 of 7
    ACCOMODATION
    Water
    Laundry
    Transport
    Housekeeping
    Recycling and composting
    Gardening
    Swimming
    Camping
  • 44. Page 42
    Tourism industry 3 of 7
    BUS/TOUR OPERATORS
    Transport
    Biofuels
    Product design
    Vehicle washing
    Idling vehicles
  • 45. Page 43
    Tourism industry 4 of 7
    ADVENTURE/ECO-TOURISM OPERATORS
    Sharing the commons
    Tour size
    Wildlife encounters
    In the water
    On the ground
    Fires
    Horses
    Mountains and snow
  • 46. Page 44
    Tourism industry 5 of 7
    TRAVEL AGENTS
    Choosing destinations
    Transport
    Carbon offsetting
  • 47. Page 45
    Tourism industry 6 of 7
    HUNTING AND FISHING OUTFITTERS
    Habitat conservation
    Client education
    Wildlife
    Keeping it local
    Respecting the regulations
  • 48. Page 46
    Tourism industry 7 of 7
    ATTRACTIONS AND VENUES
    Indoor venues
    Museums, galleries and historic sites
    Golf courses
    Theme parks
    Water parks & pools
    Ski and snowboard resorts
  • 49. Page 47
    Case study A
  • 50. Page 48
    Case study A
  • 51. Page 49
    Case study B
  • 52. Page 50
    Case study B
  • 53. Page 51
    Case study C
  • 54. Page 52
    Case study C
  • 55. Page 53
    Conclusion & Questions
  • 56. Page 50
    Conclusion
    Summary
    Questions