1% For The Planet In 2007, we joined 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses who believe in providing financial support to environmental initiatives. Since 1987, we've invested over $26 million in Canada's environmental and outdoor communities through our community involvement program. We're committed to donating a full 1% of our annual gross sales to Canadian causes. Generosity It's your purchases that make this support possible. Every time you buy from MEC, 1% of the pre-tax total goes to Canadian environmental causes.
Arc'teryx Corporate and Social Responsibility / Arc'teryx Arc'teryx's long term thinking on environmental stewardship, responsible manufacturing, and community engagement. The single biggest area of our company's environmental impact is the products we design and make. As a result, our environmental initiatives are primarily structured to address the footprint and composition of our product and materials. Experience Labs At BIF, we are passionate about enabling transformation. It’s between summits when we continue up the business model innovation and social system transformation learning curve. It’s also when we put the BIF genome, our transformation toolset and our community to work. Our objective is to enable transformation in our social systems including education, health care, energy and entrepreneurship. BIF Experience Labs were born from a deep conviction that tweaks won’t create the change we need; they won’t get us where we need to go fast enough. We need to go from tweaks to transformation.
Help Protect Grizzly Bears Ask federal and provincial governments to increase protections for Canada’s shrinking grizzly bear population. For 20 years, governments in Canada and the U.S. have recognized that the grizzly bear is a sensitive species in need of additional protection. While the U.S. has brought threatened grizzly populations back from the brink, efforts to protect populations in Canada have been an abysmal failure. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has just released its second assessment of the status of Canada’s iconic grizzly bear. From STEM to STEAM I’m a sucker for any event promising an interdisciplinary experience and an opportunity to dive into the unknown between silos. I was fortunate to attend, Make it Better, a recent symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on art, design, and the future of healthcare. It delivered. I was reminded of the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials. You got your art in my science! No, You got your science in my art!
Reduce your carbon footprint Canadians must really like each other. Although we live in one of the world's largest countries with an endless horizon of space, we choose to live right next to each other in our cities. Over 80% of us now live in urban areas.
Action grants grow green communities Do you have a dream project for your neighborhood? Invasive species clean-up? Outdoor classroom for your kids' school? Reusable dishes or energy-efficient upgrades for your meeting hall? A community-based grant could transform your inkling into reality. Private, public and non-profit sectors all provide small grants — usually under $5,000 —for community-based green projects. Household products that can double as non-toxic cleaners Natural cleaning products that work. Photograph by: Stefanie Fraser , Postmedia News Everything you need to make your own non-toxic natural cleaners is in your cupboards. You'll save money using these common household products, especially if you buy generic brands. Food and sustainable food systems Creating a system for producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable is a City priority. In fact, one of the main goals of the Greenest City initiative is to become a global leader in urban food systems by 2020. To achieve this goal, the City has started a number of major food initiatives. Council is working to: Establish partnerships with private businesses, non-profit groups, and volunteers Develop innovative new policies and regulations to create a sustainable food system Increase public awareness of the link between local food and a healthy environment Invest in urban food projects through grants and funding Increase city and neighbourhood food assets by 50%