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Come to learn and connect with sustainability enthusiasts. Leave inspired and motivated to create change!

Join us at our information-rich workshops featuring guest speakers who are experts in the field and individuals from organizations presenting real-world success stories. We also host networking events, forums and the occasional conference. Come out and meet others who are making a difference – and leave changed and inspired!

We host between 2-6 educational events annually plus our can’t-miss Green Leaders Awards to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our valuable members.

Green Economy London members enjoy many free tickets to our events. Non-member fees vary.

Upcoming Events

Are you looking to get started in the green economy? Join us to learn about possible jobs and the training you need in the sector such as energy advisors, energy managers, retrofit contractors, solar installers and many more!

You can learn how to make homes more energy efficient, resilient and climate friendly and join a booming industry (according to the Ontario Green Jobs Strategy (2017) for every million spent on retrofitting, 13.41 jobs are created).


June 8th, 2021 12:00 PM

Panelists for session #1 include:

  • Brandon Doxtator, Environment & Consultation Coordinator (Oneida Nation of the Thames)
  • Renu Tahlan, Director, Strategic Initiatives (Great Northern Insulation)
  • Greg Nakonecznyj, Technical Sales & Conceptual Design Lead (CNTNR)
  • Dennis L. German, President, German Solar Corporation

Jun 16, 2021 05:30 PM

Panelists for session #2 include:

  • Jolene McLaughlin, Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Building Solutions (EllisDon)
  • James Riley, CEO and Founder (LightSpark)
  • Nicola Lashley, Project Lead, Public Energy Initiatives (City of Toronto)
  • Will Gonell, Principal, Gonell Homes Inc.

Past Events and Recordings

Details on Event:

Interested in learning more about how to calculate if Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a smart investment for your business? In this webinar you will hear from Tepperman’s Sustainability Coordinator, Mike Apostol, on his experience doing an Electric Vehicle analysis for their company. Mike will share steps on the following:

Overview of Electric Vehicles (EVs)

  • Current state of the technology
  • Benefits of EVs
  • Comparison against internal combustion engine vehicles

Financial analysis of two EV cases at Tepperman’s

  1. Shared company EV vs. reimbursing employees per km using their own vehicle for work travel
  2. Buying a new EV vs. buying a new gas vehicle for the service technician vehicles

Quick overview of how to use the provided financial comparison spreadsheet

Followed by a Q & A

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Can Sustainability and Improving Your Bottom Line Go Hand in Hand?

Surprisingly, many organizations are discovering that they can enhance their financial situation by performing better on their environmental and social goals. Based on Bob’s new free, open-source Sustainability ROI Workbook, this presentation shows how sustainability professionals can frame the business case for sustainability initiatives in the CFO’s familiar return on investment (ROI) and cost-benefit analysis language.

Bob uses business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to help sustainability champions ensure that the direct and indirect measurable benefits for any category of sustainability initiative provide compelling justifications for taking action.

About Bob Willard

Bob is a leading expert on quantifying the business value of sustainability strategies. He has given over a thousand presentations, has authored six books, and provides extensive resources for sustainability champions. He is using material from all these resources, and numerous ready-to-use tools that are based on them, in the courses he teaches in the certificate program. He serves on the board of the Future-Fit Foundation and the B Corp Standards Advisory Council.

He was one of the first five inductees into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) Hall of Fame in 2011 and received Clean50 awards in 2015 and 2017. He is an award-winning certified B Corp, an ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional, and has a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto.

More information about Bob and his resources for sustainability champions can be found at www.sustainabilityadvantage.com.

This webinar was co-hosted by The Chamber of Commerce, The City of London and Green Economy London.

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Blue Roofs: Innovating the Future of Water Catchment and Flood Prevention

Green Economy London is partnering with the City of London and Partners in Project Green to bring you this exciting webinar that will focus on Blue Roof technology and design.

As climate change continues to increase precipitation in parts of the world, excessive storm water runoff threatens urban landscapes with an increased potential for flooding events. Blue Roofs are an inexpensive measure to address climate change derived flooding.

Learn about the benefits of Blue Roof technology, project designs, and how they can play an impactful role in water conservation and climate adaptation. Hear from engineering and architect experts on their experience with blue roof implementation and practical designs.

About the Event

Bruce Taylor, Enviro-Stewards, will present on:

  • The compelling need for blue roofs
  • Co-benefits of Blue Roofs (i.e., climate adaptation, flood prevention, water reuse, passive cooling )
  • An overview of design considerations for passive and smart blue roof designs.
  • Addressing common objections (structural, flies, etc.)

Richard Hammond, Cornerstone Architecture, will present on:

  • Examples of Blue Roof Projects
  • The comparison of Blue vs Green Roofs
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Energy Retrofit Incentives & Savings Webinar

Are you looking into upgrading your HVAC systems? Do your lights need to be updated? Wanting to save extra costs by reducing energy usage?

Green Economy London is excited to host this webinar, which will discuss current incentive programs available to help make your commercial energy saving retrofits more affordable! Learn about programs and available funding that can help you reduce energy usage, carbon emissions and costs.

This webinar will feature:

  • Gerry Box, Enbridge Gas Advisor, Energy Solutions, will present opportunities for energy savings and carbon emissions reductions for your facilities using Enbridge Gas demand side management (DSM) programs. You will learn how to help your existing facilities consume less gas, save money, and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Vicki Gagnon, Business Advisor, for the Public Sector at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), will give an update on the 2021-2024 Save on Energy Incentive Programs, and efficiency opportunities for businesses.

Date:

March 25th, 2021 9am-10am

This session will be recorded and distributed to registered participants. If you cannot make the date/time listed above , you can still register and the recorded session will be emailed to you after the event.

About the Speakers:

Gerry joined Enbridge Gas Inc. in 1997, formerly known at the time as Union Gas Limited. His experience includes Geographic Information Systems,  Construction and Growth, Project Coordination and Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation.  Gerry has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and enjoys golf, hockey and outdoor home improvement projects.

 

 

 

Vicki Gagnon is the Business Advisor, for the Public Sector at the Independent Electricity System Operator. She has been with the IESO for 16 years. She works with sector-based organizations and Energy Managers across the province to help customers actively manage their energy, enhance the energy efficiency of their facilities and facilitate participation in Save on Energy programs.

Vicki is a Director on the Boards of the Clean Air Partners, Fostering Sustainable Cities in Ontario and Our Energy Guelph.

Before joining the IESO/OPA, Vicki worked at the Ontario Trillium Foundation (6 years), establishing the environmental granting portfolio of the newly expanded granting foundation.  And before that she worked in the industrial/commercial sector helping commercialize newly developed environmental technologies with the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA, now Blooms).

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Let’s Make Serving Reusable Takeout Containers as Easy As Serving Disposables!

A Friendlier Company is launching their Reusable Takeout Container Service in London!

Over the last year, takeout has become a restaurant staple. It’s been a great way to support local businesses throughout the pandemic, but at what cost? Normally, many of these restaurants would serve their food in house on reusable plates that are washed, and reused time and time again. Unfortunately, takeout containers are typically single-use only and result in an enormous amount of waste. A Friendlier Company believes that this doesn’t need to be the case, and that takeout containers should be reused, just like the in-house dishes we’re used to.

A Friendlier Company is introducing a reusable takeout container program in London, so you can feel confident knowing that your takeout is not harming the planet.

Green Economy London invites you to join us for this exciting information session, where you can learn more about this program, and how your business can get involved!

Information Session Agenda:

A Friendlier Company’s co-founders, Kayli Dale and Jacquie Hutchings, will be going over how their reusable takeout container service works and taking questions from attendees. You will also hear from and interact with a restaurant owner who is currently utilizing the reusable container service in Guelph!

Reimagine Co will also be speaking during the session to talk about how they are implementing the reusable takeout container service at their store!

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Measuring Business Impact

Hosted by Green Economy London and Project Neutral

Join Green Economy London and Project Neutral to learn about the importance of measuring the impacts your business has on the environment. This includes areas such as ghg emissions from heating/cooling and electricity usage, transportation related emissions, water usage, and the amount of waste your business produces. All of these factor into the overall impact your business has on the environment. Think about it, how can you track reductions if you don’t know where your starting point is? When you make your carbon footprint visible, it helps to define where to make changes and encourages people to want to make changes.

If your business is interested in aligning with the UN’s Sustainable Development goals, impact measurement is an important part in achieving these goals. Learn how to connect metrics that will help you meet the SDGs related to environmental sustainability.

Jake Miller from Project Neutral will teach you how to use the Project Neutral calculator to measure your individual environmental impact. This is a great opportunity to use this calculator as an employee engagement tool, and get employees onboard with your business sustainability goals.

Speakers:

Natalie Merchant- Green Economy London’s Sustainability Coordinator

Jake Miller- Project Neutral

This webinar has passed, but you can watch the recording here.

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Bringing the UN SDGs to your Business

Hosted by rTraction

Join David Billson (rTraction) and Marianne Griffith, Green Economy London Hub Manager to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to the business sector. Find out how you can ensure your business is aligning with the goals to help build a better community. Includes a short presentation, followed by a Q&A and interactive breakout discussions.

This webinar has passed, but you can watch the recording here.

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Business Resilience Under COVID-19

Facilitated by Mark Lee, Executive Director of SustainAbility and Partner at ERM

In this webinar, Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD, Carine de Boissezon, Chief Sustainability Officer, EDF, Keith Tuffley, Global Co-Head, Sustainability & Corporate Transitions, Citi and Keryn James, CEO, ERM will examine how the private sector is adapting even as its role in society is being re-shaped.

The discussion will explore:

  • Varying ways the crisis is playing out across different industries
  • Examples of innovation in company responses
  • How expectations of the public and private sectors are shifting
  • What the pandemic is teaching about the value of scenarios planning and resilience.

May, 2020. This live webinar has passed, you can listen to the recording here.