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Get Lokabp Deck Jan 12

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Green Enterprise Toronto

Green Enterprise Toronto
Jan 12th, 2009 - Kickass Green Event



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  • Hello, my name is Leslie Domenico, I’m the Director of Marketing and Membership at Green Enterprise Toronto. I’d also like to introduce my colleague, and the organization’s Network Director, Chris Lowry. We’re very happy to be here tonight. I’m going to spend the next 15 minutes or so talking to you a little– bit about Green Enterprise Toronto, the business values we promote and how they work together to create a definition of green that may be little bit different than the one you would typically think of: For example, the generally accepted definition of Green Business and products are those that make efforts to reduce their environmental impacts… we think that green is more than that. We think green should benefit people, planet and profit.

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  • The Meaning Of “Green”
  • Green Enterprise Toronto
    • Membership-based, not-for-profit business alliance – 330 local, green businesses
    • One of over 60 networks of BALLE
    • Work to strengthen resilience of economies, environments and communities
    • Help independent businesses and customers to Think Local First and become Greener
  • Green Enterprise Toronto (con’t)
    • Business Member Benefits
    • Marketing
    • Professional development
    • Networking
    • Strategic support
    • Research and advocacy work
    • Consumers
    • Resource for local, green businesses
    • Consumer education programs
    • Community outreach
  • Core Business Values
      • Local ownership / Buying local first
      • Helping to build a strong community
      • Providing meaningful employment
      • Prioritizing fair trade sources
      • Contributing to a healthy environment
    • Local Living Economy Values
  • What We Mean By “Green”
    • A “ Green” business demonstrates a commitment to work, to produce, and to buy based on “local living economy” values of a healthy environment, strong communities, meaningful employment, buying local first, and prioritizing fair trade.
  • Local Ownership / Buying Locally & “Green”
    • Lower Environmental Impact
    • Money Spent Local, Stays Local
    • Local Owners are Local Contributors
    • Local Businesses Offer Stable Employment
    • Tax Revenue Goes Further
    • Maintain Uniqueness of Neighbourhood
  • Strong Community / Meaningful Employment & “Green”
    • Strong Community
    • Cares about its environment, people and economy
    • Committed to taking care of own “back yard”
    • More resources to keep it vibrant and green
    • Meaningful Employment
    • A healthier workplace
    • Living wages
    • Meaningful work
  • Fair Trade & “Green”
    • Questions to consider
    • How are goods and services produced offshore?
    • How are workers treated?
    • How does the manufacturing process impact nature?
    • Lower price… but at what cost?
  • Healthy Environment & “Green”
    • Local, Green & Fair Consulting Services
    • Green Advertising / Marketing Services
    • Green Manufacturing Consultants
    • Energy Reduction
    • Incentives and Tax Credits for Greening Initiatives
    • GHG emissions audits, remediation & carbon offsets
    • Building & property assessment for retrofit / new green building
    • Training for you and your staff
  • What do we mean by “Green”? It’s all about evaluating our economic activities from an integrated perspective – not just an environmental one. And it’s about transparency, which just may be the key to integrity in business in the 21st century.
  • Healthy Environment & “Green”
    • BIA Members
    • GreenTbiz - Green Assist www.toronto-bia.com
    • Local, Green & Fair Consulting Services
    • GET Directory www.greenenterprise.net
    • GreenShift www.greenshift.ca
    • Shirley Segev www.greenmark.ca
    • Adapt Environmental www.adaptenviro.com
    • Tamara Eberle, Envirotrack www.rightontrack.ca/envirotrack
  • Healthy Environment & “Green”
    • Green Advertising / Marketing Services
    • GET Directory: www.greenenterprise.net
    • Green Manufacturing Consultants:
    • Andrea Dwight www.adwight.com
    • Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement www.oceta.on.ca
    • Lynn Johannson www.e2management.com
    • Strategic Advice on Incentives and Tax Credits to Support your Greening Initiatives
    • Jordan Gould, CA & Partner, SBLR [email_address]
    • Green house gas (GHG) emissions audits, remediation and to purchase carbon offsets:
    • Carbonzero www.carbonzero.ca
    • ZeroFootprint www.zerofootprint.net
    • Building and property assessment for retrofit or new green building:
    • Fourth Pig Cooperative www.fourthpig.org
    • Village Technologies www.villagetechnologies.ca
    • Green Roofs, Roof Gardens www.gardensinthesky.ca
    Healthy Environment & “Green”
  • Healthy Environment & “ Green ”
    • Nine Steps for Greening Your Business
    • www.startupnation.com/steps/93/9041/9/1/green- education-networking.htm
    • Training for you and your staff
    • Sustainability 101 ™
    • Sustainability: Step by Natural Step ™
      • Excellent 1 and 3 hour on-line self-paced courses available from Natural Step Canada www.naturalstep.ca