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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

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Webinar

How to Make Your Building Wildlife Friendly

Our built environment plays a large factor in the health of our local ecosystems. Birds, animals, and native insects also play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. There is a pressing need, to ensure our buildings, homes, offices and personal actions take into consideration the impacts they have on the natural environment. Learn how we can build a safer and more environmentally friendly experience for wildlife.

About the Webinar:

Brendon helped to draft the wildlife friendly buildings criteria for Green Economy London. This presentation will focus on the ecological aspects of managing sustainable buildings and properties in London. In his presentation, Brendon will give an overview of the criteria, describe common sources of conflict for wildlife in the built environment, risk factors for different types of buildings and examples of simple solutions for issues. Brendon will also discuss methods for encouraging behavioural changes by building occupants to reduce the risk of conflicts.

Featured Speaker:

Brendon Samuels is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at Western University and the coordinator for the London Bird Team. Brendon carries out environmental monitoring around buildings in London as part of his doctoral research. Brendon has consulted with numerous several property owners in London about mitigating conflicts between buildings and wildlife. In his free time, Brendon volunteers for organizations in London’s environmental sector.

When: Wednesday Nov. 24th 12-1245pm EST

Where: Zoom

Past Events and Recordings

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Webinar

Get to know Volt Transportation – A New Zero Emission Delivery Service

Volt Transportation is a new local environmentally focused delivery service that is working with small businesses to meet their delivery needs while reducing their carbon footprint. Volt is using fully electric vehicles to offer affordable Business to Consumer (B2C) courier and delivery services in London Ontario.

Tune in to hear more about Volt’s mission, the need for EV’s to transform the delivery space, and how you can partner with Volt.

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

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Webinar

Power Your Business with the Sun: A Business Case for Solar Panels

Thinking about adding Solar Panels to your business? Not sure where to start, or who to talk to? Want to hear from a business that has undergone this process, the tips they learned, and the challenges faced along the way? 

You will hear from Tepperman’s Sustainability Coordinator, Mike Apostol, on his first hand experience with building a business case for a Solar PV installation at Tepperman’s operations. This webinar explores some basics of solar PV, using solar PV in Ontario, financing for positive cash flow in year one, tips for your own quotes, and alternative financing models. 

This event has passed but you can view the recording here.

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Webinar

Green Job Fair

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!

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

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.

This event has passed. View recordings of Session 1 and Session 2

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Webinar

Are Electric Vehicles (EVs) 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

This event has passed but you can watch the recording here.

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Webinar

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.

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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Webinar

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

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 Bruce Taylor (Enviro-Stewards) and Richard Hammond (Cornerstone Architecture) on their experience with blue roof implementation and practical designs.

This event has passed, but you can watch the recording here

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Energy Retrofit Incentives & Savings 

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 has passed, stay tuned for similar upcoming events!

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Webinar

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? 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.

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

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Webinar

Measuring Business Impact

Hosted by Green Economy London and Project Neutral

Join Natalie Merchant (Green Economy London) and Jake Miller (Project Neutral) to learn about the importance of measuring the impacts your business has on the environment. This includes areas such as greenhouse gas 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.

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.