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Beyond LEED Certification: The Importance Of Creating Living Buildings

This is an interview piece with Jason McClennan, the CEO of the International Living Future Institute, the organisation behind the Living Building Challenge. This is a standard that extends beyond LEED and incorporates resource management, social justice, and overall health of the building residents. 

The PACE makers

Lack of funding is a predominant reason commercial property owners are not getting involved with energy efficient projects. This article identifies a financial tool called the local improvement charge, that has the capacity to recover the cost effectively.It is now embodied in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.This article outlines the history of the development of PACE in the U.S.A. and how it gravitated towards Canada. 

Sustainable Brands

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Organization: Sustainable Brands

Link: http://www.sustainablebrands.com/

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Sustainable Brands is home for the global community of business innovators who are shaping the future of commerce world wide. They inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a sustainably abundant future. They do so by offering news and views from thought and practice leaders, live and on-line events, peer-to-peer learning groups, a robust resource library, a solutions provider directory and more.

Resource & Tools Catalog – Arts Certification, Guidance and Assessment

This is a list of organizations who offer resources and tools for to Arts based businesses and organizations interested in pursuing sustainability. There is everything from certifications and assessments to networks and partnerships.

Sustainability at Home: Decision making help for your everyday choices

A toolkit that helps Canadians understand how to apply sustainable development concepts to everyday household decisions. National in scope, this guide covers an explanation of sustainability; root causes of un-sustainability; questions to ask while making household decisions; concrete and simple suggestions for every room in your home; renovations; resources for further information and ideas; and more.

Ontario Ministry of the Environment

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Organization: Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Link: https://www.ontario.ca/ministry-environment-and-climate-change

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The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has current information on topics relevant to governments and public bodies. It also offers resources for a variety of topics including Environmental Assessments, approvals, registry and maps and a searchable database on all climate change matters.

Greening Sacred Spaces

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Organization: Greening Sacred Spaces

Link: http://www.greeningsacredspaces.net/

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Greening Sacred Spaces is a network of people from different faiths and cultures who call Canada home and believe in working towards the common good. Through dialogue, research, network building, education, and advocacy, they are building a process to bring the diversity of Canadian perspectives into a voice of common concern for social, economic and ecological well-being for all.

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