Sustainability Solutions Group relaunches as SSG with a confident energy for 2015

SSG (Sustainability Solutions Group) has unveiled our new brand and website!

As SSG steps into it’s 14th year, it is time to show a mature, experienced and keen brand that reflects our confidence in climate action and the legacy of the work we have been building on over these years, as a pioneer in community sustainability, green buildings and sustainable campuses. Read more

Peter Hough, SSG board member, retires from CWCF after 25 years

Peter Hough

Peter Hough

This tribute by Kaye Grant is taken from the Canadian Workers Cooperative Federation (CWCF)

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter about his time with CWCF and more generally his work in the co-op sector.

Peter has a long history with CWCF having been on the founding task force 25 years ago, in fact the founding meeting in 1991 was one of the highlights of Peter’s time with CWCF. “Clearly that first meeting was very exciting in 1991, there was much excitement in the room.” Peter noted.

Although Peter’s formal role changed over the years, his commitment to our mission has never wavered. Peter was our first Executive Director, on a part-time basis from 1992 to 1995. Following that he moved to the role of financial officer for CWCF which he held until his retirement this spring; however, this function moved from initially being done on voluntary basis to part-time contract to a staff member in 2006. Peter was also the Fund Manager of “Tenacity Works” from 2000 until he retired. It’s evident that CWCF might not have achieved its goals of becoming a national federation without Peter’s contributions. Read more

Pathway to Paris #7: The rise in renewables as climate change negotiations continue

In this issue: 

  • An update from the climate change negotiations 
  • Competitive cities and climate change
  • The rise of renewables 
  • Featured network: 100 Resilient Cities  

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February 2015 Newswire: Working in tribute to those we lost this year

Sustainability Solutions Group NEWSWIRE February 2015


A monthly newsletter on news and inspiration at the nexus of sustainability
Image: Kapuskasing ©Shireen Nadir 2012

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SSG Achieves LEED® Gold Certification for 108-Unit Building for Women’s Socially-Assisted Housing

The Canadian Green Building Council recently announced that the Sorella Women’s Housing project was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status. Sorella is a new 10-storey, mixed-use building in downtown Vancouver dedicated to housing women. At the corner of Abbott Street and Pender Street, near Vancouver’s Chinatown gates, the building replaces a vacant, derelict lot. The 108 unit building also has 4 ground floor commercial spaces that are occupied by restaurants and a barber shop. Read more

SSG publishes paper on the role of cooperatives in addressing climate change

The world’s nations will convene in December 2014 in Lima, Peru and then in December 2015 in Paris, France to negotiate an agreement to collectively address climate change. In the course of these negotiations, we urge countries to recognize and employ the value that co-operatives bring to this challenge. Read more

Webinar: Innovative ways to finance climate change and energy initiatives in municipalities.

Yuill was asked to join this panel for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to share innovative ways to finance climate change and energy initiatives in municipalities.

The panel was on: Developing and financing actions or strategies to achieve community energy and emission plans (CEEPs); evaluating the economic and employment impacts of a CEEP.

Innovative financing tools have boosted local climate change and energy initiatives in many Canadian municipalities. Using alternatives to traditional mechanisms, these municipalities have found flexible ways to implement programs in a cost-effective and practical manner. In a recent webinar, PCP members heard about the City of Nelson’s EcoSave energy retrofit program that encourages improvements to household energy efficiency. Other examples include the City of Yellowknife and the District of Saanich, and their approaches to establishing capital reserves and carbon funds as a dedicated revenue source for municipal energy initiatives.

Joining Yuill were: Ryan Schmidt, Manager, Energy and Solid Waste, Township of Langley, BC
 and Gabriella Kalapos, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership

You can watch and listen here:
https://cullbridge.adobeconnect.com/_a782512023/p6pg344151h/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

North Cowichan and SSG win 2013 Climate & Energy Action Award

The Municipality of North Cowichan was awarded the Community Energy Association’s Community Planning and Development Award at this week’s UBCM conference. Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) performed North Cowichan’s unique and innovative Climate Action and Energy Plan, launched earlier this year. The plan, with funding support from BC Hydro, inventoried the community’s existing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and identified future trends in energy and GHG emissions based on population, land use, technology and other factors. Read more

Vancouver Convention Centre honoured by AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named Vancouver Convention Centre West (VCCW) among its 2011 Top Ten Green Projects, announced last month. Sustainability Solutions Group, the sustainability and LEED consultant for VCCW, led the project to a LEED Platinum rating, the highest level of certification by the Canada Green Building Council. VCCW is the only Canadian building on AIA’s list and is the only LEED Platinum convention center in the world. Read more