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- Monday, 27 August 2012 | Submitted by Brendan Seale
Wednesday, August 22nd was "Earth Overshoot Day", the date on which humanity exceeded the bio-capacity of our planet for the entire year of 2012. In essence, we have now utilized all of the resources that our planet can provide in a calendar year in a sustainable scenario, and for the remainder of 2012, we will continue to deplete the planet's ability to provide the resources we require to sustain our society in the future.
The concept of Earth Overshoot Day was developed by Global Footprint Network and the new economics foundation as a way to express the increasing stress placed on the natural environment by human activity. In the 1970s, humanity's consumption of natural resources began to overstep what the planet could replenish. In 1992, Earth Overshoot Day fell on October 21. In 2002, it was October 3. Not only is the trend moving in the wrong direction, but it is accelerating.
- Sunday, 19 August 2012 | Submitted by Kirstin Piirtoniemi
Morguard, one of Canada’s largest integrated real estate companies, recognized the value of integrating sustainability into their operations for not only the social and ecological benefits but for the economic advantage gained through differentiating themselves amongst their competitors.
To integrate sustainability into their every-day practices, Morguard devised four phases of action:
- Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Submitted by Neil McCallum
Based in Edmonton, the Landmark Group of Builders initiated ‘green building’ programs in 2006, but quickly realized that a strategic business advantage existed in scaling its sustainability efforts up to an organizational level and establishing themselves as the sustainability leaders in their sector.
- Wednesday, 08 August 2012 | Submitted by Pong Leung
Here is a situation you may find yourself in: you have created a sustainability plan but feel isolated in the implementation of the plan and are finding it an uphill battle to make real change happen in your organization. This is a common challenge we’ve observed with our clients and if you are in this situation then we suggest that you consider three key questions to change it:
1) How does sustainability enable our organization’s strategic business narrative?
Organizations have a shared narrative, or story, that drives their decision-making. This narrative articulates what the organization wants to become, who it wants to serve and how it will go about doing it. In short, it explains why the organization exists. In organizations where sustainability really comes alive, sustainability is identified as a key enabler for business success and everyone knows it.
- Tuesday, 07 August 2012 | Submitted by Josh Snider
The sustainability challenge, and most notably climate change, clearly presents a fundamental risk and opportunity for the insurance industry. In 2006, The Co-operators officially acknowledged these risks to their business and recognized an opportunity to play a crucial role in society’s transition to a sustainable future.
In 2006, The Co-operators invited The Natural Step Canada to help the organization integrate sustainability into its strategic planning. With a bold vision to be “a catalyst for a sustainable society,” The Co-operators charted a new strategic direction that would earn them the top spot on Corporate Knights Magazine’s 2011 list of “Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada.” The organization has also been named among “Canada’s Green 30” companies by Maclean’s Magazine, and has been listed consistently among the “50 Best Employers in Canada” by AON Hewitt.
- Wednesday, 01 August 2012 | Submitted by Sarah Brooks
There’s a time in every organization’s sustainability planning when the rubber (er, bike tire?!) needs to hit the road. It’s critical to have a strategic plan in place, and in our experience, the best plans reflect an understanding of sustainability principles and are developed through the process of backcasting from success principles. However, the best laid plans can come to naught if they aren’t acted upon. Recently, we were with The Landmark Group of Builders to help them actualize a one-year action plan that moves them systematically toward achieving their long term sustainability goals.
Landmark is a great partner. Their sustainability work is almost unparalleled in the Alberta home builder industry. They have sustainability goals, an understanding of their key challenges, have implemented many actions on the ground and have recently released their first sustainability report. But, as with all organizations, the journey to sustainability is ongoing.
- Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Submitted by Peter Price-Thomas
For the past few years, The Natural Step International has been going through a significant organizational transition and reorganization to revisit the strategic goals of the organization and to ask ourselves what our greatest contribution to the sustainability movement could be.
What has emerged is a new way forward, a new strategic direction, a new membership model and a renewed intention to put The Natural Step’s track record, brand and value proposition at the service of accelerating change toward sustainability.
The Natural Step’s mission hasn’t changed. Our core purpose is to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable society, where human beings live within the capacity of the Earth to sustain us.
Click here to read about how we intend to do this more effectively
- Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Submitted by Peter Price-Thomas
The Natural Step International (TNSI) is delighted to announce that we are currently recruiting for two positions to form the foundation of our new organization – a Director of FSSD Dissemination & Network Relations and a TNSI Coordinator.
The Director of FSSD Diffusion and Network Relations is responsible for establishing and implementing a strategy to broadly disseminate the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and to work with partners to co-establish and enable a thriving learning network of FSSD practitioners and like-minded change agents. GBP 37,500 - 45,000 per annum, initially on a six month self-employed contract in London.
The TNSI Coordinator will be the main point of contact for TNSI members and as such will be responsible for delivering services to TNSI Members (offices and associates) and for coordinating member activities and events, delivering communications and marketing efforts and coordinating training and expansion efforts. GBP 25,750 – 32,250 per annum, initially on a six month self-employed contract in London.
For full job descriptions or for more information about the Natural Step International please click on the hyperlinks above. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th August 2012.
- Connecting the strategic with the tactical: How does what we are doing connect with where we want to be?Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Submitted by Karen Miller
When organizations such as ISL Engineering and Land Services and The Co-operators have a solid sustainability strategy in place, it’s time to tackle this question. Last year, we helped the Cooperators develop a product assessment tool to clearly show how their products link to their sustainability strategy – helping to benchmark where they stand from a sustainability perspective and to track improvement over time. This year, we’re helping ISL Engineering and Land Services to assess various design options from a sustainability perspective as they build out their engineering projects.
This is where the rubber hits the road. It’s all well and good (and a necessary step!) to dream of a sustainable future, to articulate goals and to craft sustainability visions, but if we’re serious about making the shift to a sustainable society organizations of all shapes and sizes will need to integrate sustainability thinking into the ways in which they deliver value in the world.
- Sans langage commun, il est plus difficile pour les collectivités de planifier efficacement vers la durabilitéThursday, 12 July 2012 | Submitted by Alexandre Magnin
Le terme « développement durable » est beaucoup utilisé de nos jours. Mais quel est cet état de durabilité qu’un mode de développement durable permet d’atteindre? Comment reconnaitrions-nous une entreprise ou une collectivité durable si l’on en voyait une? Comment mettre en œuvre un mode de « développement durable » ensemble lorsque certains intervenants comprennent « environnement », d’autres « vert », d’autres « écologie », d’autres « social »? L’absence d’un langage commun peut poser un défi particulièrement difficile pour les collectivités qui doivent rassembler et faire travailler ensemble des acteurs multiples et variés.