We live in a time of great uncertainty, complexity, and unprecedented systemic challenges. Addressing complex sustainability challenges requires unprecedented collaboration and new ways of working across sectors and across scales.

We have a long track record of working with organizations to help them become sustainability leaders. Our effort to support the emergence of role model organizations that can inspire others is a key part of our mission.

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) is creating a circular economy in Canada in which plastic waste is kept in the economy and out of the environment. Canada Plastics Pact Partners are united, working together on achieving clear, actionable targets by the year 2025. 


Greening Ottawa NGOs–Take 2

A total of 28 participants from 18 non-government organizations (NGOs) around Ottawa, representing social, environmental, planning, and health sectors, are taking concrete steps to “green” their NGOs by learning how to implement The Natural Step Framework.

Entrepreneur, Social Innovator, Environmentalist: Charles Steele - Ziptrek Ecotours, Inc.

If you have never harnessed yourself to a steel cable 200 feet above the ground, then launched yourself into the ancient forest canopy at top speed, the idea might sound a little daunting. But for thousands of adventurers each year, the opportunity to take flight is irresistible.

Ziptrek Ecotours is located just outside the popular resort town of Whistler, offering guests a unique vantage point of 33 acres of old growth and second growth forests, steep cliff faces and lush forest floor. Those who prefer to keep their feet on something a little more solid can explore the forest canopy via Ziptrek’s series of suspension bridges – a stunning experience in itself.

Since Ziptrek’s 2002 opening, the ecotourism outfit has garnered praise from some of Canada’s biggest travel and adventure magazines. Ask any guest, though, and you’ll quickly see that the company isn’t built on thrills alone.

Highlighting Sustainability Leadership: Nina Gales, Town of Olds

After working on the town’s sustainability plan for three years, Nina Gales, the Town of Olds Manager of Corporate Affairs, reflects on how far Olds has come “Margaret Mead championed the power of local action to change the world: I think the town is beginning to think like that”.


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