Last year, we started a project in collaboration with Indeco to work with Halton Hills on their local action plan. SSG managed and wrote the Community Energy Plan, Indeco the Corporate Energy Plan. Using GHGProof, we examined community wide energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from transportation and land use. Here is the recent release issued by the Council: Read more
Prelude, a housing development we worked with to achieve LEED Silver Equivalency, has won the Multi Family Development Award by Canadian Home Builders Association.
Prelude City Homes is a unique mixed use development, one of the first to hit the market as part of the City of Vancouver’s innovative Cambie Corridor Plan. The 6.5-storey building consists of 4 strata commercial units and 52 strata residential units, two of which are free standing 3 bedroom laneway houses. Embodying the principles of urban densification, the project is located in the already established Oakridge neighbourhood, and within a few steps from schools, universities, parks, day care centres, community centres, a shopping centre, golf course, and the Canada Line Skystrain.
Sustainability Solutions Group was brought on to coordinate the achievement of LEED Silver Equivalency, and has encouraged the incorporation of such building features as: the use of groundwater for irrigation, the use of heat recovery ventilators, maximized daylighting, and LED lighting systems, to name a few.
Since 2008, SSG has been involved in sustainability consulting and LEED Certification for the socially-assisted housing project 188 East 1st Avenue. Listen in for ways SSG helped bring sustainability, efficiencies and wellbeing to this building and it’s residents.
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
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
In this issue:
- An update from the climate change negotiations
- Competitive cities and climate change
- The rise of renewables
- Featured network: 100 Resilient Cities
Sustainability Solutions Group NEWSWIRE February 2015
A monthly newsletter on news and inspiration at the nexus of sustainability
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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
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
In December 2015, the world’s leaders will gather in Paris, France to finalise negotiations for an ambitious global agreement that limits the world to a less than a two degree Celsius rise in global temperature. Many believe it is the most significant global negotiation with towns and cities having a critical role to play.
“Local government is where the rubber hits the road when it comes to responding to the human impacts of climate change. We fully support funding for cities, towns and municipalities for their registered adaptation actions.” Margareta Wahlström, The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction.
What does this mean for municipalities?
Many municipalities in Canada have completed climate action or community energy plans and have established GHG emissions reductions targets. The Paris negotiations lend new urgency to those efforts, a new opportunity to reengage, reframe, reconsider and reinvigorate.
What you will receive?
Over the next year, SSG will investigate and enquire to provide you with the answers to the key climate change questions municipalities are asking:
• What and what else can my community do to reduce GHG emissions?
• How can my community engage in the negotiations?
• What are other communities committing to do?
• What are other sectors of society doing?
• What are the highlights of key reports on climate change science, investment, energy technologies that will be released in the run-up to the Paris meeting?
We will deliver this information through a biweekly newsletter, periodic webinars and e-dialogues. During UN negotiations in Lima (December, 2014) and Paris (December, 2015), we will provide a live stream of developments through @SSG_News and a digest in the newsletter. Our goal is to empower municipalities, counties and regional districts in transitioning to a low carbon existence.
Who should pay attention to this?
Municipal, County and Regional District staff, elected officials.
What should you do now?
Sign up here for the newsletter and share with colleagues.
What is the Pathway to Paris initiative?
Pathway to Paris is a unique endeavour that bridges several of SSG’s key areas of focus: municipalities, cooperatives and the cultural industries*. We are building bridges between each of these areas to confront one of the greatest challenges we have ever faced: climate change.
Why are we doing this?
SSG is a workers cooperative; one of the seven principles of cooperation is concern for community. This is our effort to manifest that principle.
There are discussions happening at a high level that affect every single person on this planet, to step up and be responsible for their impact on their local environment. As a municipality, who also represents you and I, we encourage you to pay attention to our feed over the next year. Not only to keep abreast of the decisions that affect you, but to have a foot in where there is opportunity to thrive.. and dare we say it, have fun. Join now!
*”The cultural shift required to build sustainable cultures will require the engagement of our best creative minds to address the causes of climate change and envisage, design and communicate resilient futures. The aim is to challenge, provoke and inspire audiences to think differently about our relationship with each other and the natural systems we inhabit.” Cape Farewell, 2014
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