A thriving human society within nature’s limits is possible. The Natural Step’s theory of change links individual awareness and agency, organizational strategy and practice, and systems-level collaboration.

The foundation for many innovative sustainability programs around the world is anchored in The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development. Our science-based process has been tested and proven effective by hundreds of forward-thinking organizations over the past two decades.

Our programs focus on two primary intended impact areas we believe are crucial to accelerating the transition to a sustainable society and our unique suite of services translate the fundamentals of sustainability into practical steps for businesses, communities, and other organizations.

Releasing Your (Green) Rockstar at IMPACT!

The story behind Rockstar Café is one that coincides with releasing my inner Rockstar.

Your undergraduate experience is about discovering what kind of person you are. It’s about identifying your unique gifts, amalgamating your passions, and meeting as many amazing people as you can. These things will lead to you having a more concrete idea of the kind of person you are leaving school, and what you want your life to be about.

Every student enters university or college as just a number. You can post good grades, get a solid internship if you’re opportunistic, and graduate with honours and a significant other. My path wasn’t that straightforward.

Seize the inter-generational moment, Mr. Prentice

The article Seize the inter-generational moment, Mr. Prentice, written by Chad Park, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada, was originally published in the Edmonton Journal.


Sir Winston Churchill once famously said that we should never let a good crisis go to waste. Never was this truer for Alberta than today.

As the reality of sliding oil prices settled in last year, Premier Jim Prentice described the province’s fiscal situation as “the most challenging financial and economic circumstances we’ve seen in our province in a generation.” The Economist magazine recently used a similar turn of phrase when it called on governments around the world to take “the once-in-a-generation opportunity” to implement smarter energy policies, including putting a price on carbon emissions.

So what are you going to do about it? Catching up with IMPACT! Alumni

“The easiest thing is to react. The second easiest thing is to respond. But the hardest thing is to initiate.”
– Seth Godin

Stuart at play, IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training, Ottawa 2014

They were already fired up last November - Madeline, Stuart, Katie, and Andrea showed up knowing there was something they wanted to change in their community. For three days of IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training in Ottawa, together with 40 of their peers, they considered how to respond and who could help them. Now they are working on digging deep into the greatest challenge of all: getting something started.


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