Toss a coin into our donation boxes at participating Manitoba Liquor Marts in Winnipeg during the month of June! Your spare change will make a difference.
Looking to re-connect with nature? Plan a camping trip? Explore Manitoba? Here’s some information to get you started.
The Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge was a friendly waste diversion competition for businesses in the downtown area that ran from April 22nd until May 7th. The…
A dog can add lots of activity to your life, but that often means traveling to parks and paths in your car. This year, I vowed to get out with my dog on my bike!
Everything you need to know about Manitoba’s 2016 Commuter Challenge.
Our workplaces have an ecological footprint. Think of the resources consumed, the waste produced, cleaning products used, and the energy needed to run lights, heat and cool the work space, and operate equipment. Greening our workplaces has multiple benefits – reducing costs, increasing the comfort and efficiency of the work space, boosting the personal well-being of employees, reducing environmental impacts, and meeting the social responsibility goals of the business.
Some basic steps can get things off to a start.
- At the outset, do an inventory or audit of current practices. This is useful in helping to set priorities. It provides baseline information against which to measure progress.
- Have a plan that identifies goals, priorities, resources needed, timelines, and evaluation or measurement tools.
- Start off small with simple changes that will build confidence in larger ones.
- Include workplace education and awareness so that employees understand the purpose, anticipated outcomes and benefits of the program.
- Report back frequently through e-mail, newsletters, posters or other means, so that participants are kept informed about how things are going.
Some Manitoba businesses are making an effort to be environmentally responsible as part of an overall Corporate Social Responsibility or Sustainability program. There are a number of reasons for this. Customers increasingly expect it, and studies show they will seek suppliers who are taking steps to curtail the environmental impact of business operations. Secondly, companies who adopt more sustainable practices typically find they save money in the process.
- Climate Change Connection’s guide for small businesses, “The Bottom Line on Climate Change: A Manitoba Business Guide“
- Green Manitoba’s resources for businesses
- Building Owners and Managers Association – BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standards)
Purchasing by workplaces has a huge environmental impact. Green purchasing can mean anything from recycled paper to non-toxic cleaning products to prefer local policy.
A composting program at your workplace can be a great addition to your waste reduction efforts. It is not hard to make composting a part of the way you do business.
While it is is not possible to entirely avoid using energy or resources at meetings, here are some quick ideas to lesson the impact on the environment.
Getting to and from work can be a big part of your day. Might as well enjoy it – bike, walk, read a book on the bus, carpool with a neighbour or colleague.
Reducing workplace energy use, and finding alternative sources, reduces the environmental impact of a workplace. Find practical tips here to reduce energy use and make a difference.