SSG is looking for a keen and competent individual to join our cooperative as Financial Director. Find the job posting here!
Post from Global Call for Climate Action – please respond to Joshua if you have any questions
Join the world’s biggest climate change writing movement for a chance to be part of the Adopt a Negotiator COP21 team in Paris this year! This is a huge year for climate action. Almost every country on earth is in the midst of preparing its national climate action plans before a new global climate treaty is revealed in Paris this December.
- Throughout this year, we want to work with you to shape your government’s climate action plans.
- We want to connect you with our partners and peers, working on these issues around the world.
- And we want to help ensure your voice is heard in national debates about why and how we respond to climate change.
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
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