Sustainability

Leading Change Canada brings together delegates from across the country for an amazing one-day forum to discuss environmental and sustainability issues. As a result, we are well aware of the impacts our event has, so in turn we have developed a sustainable event to help minimize the impact of the day. Below highlights the key features of our sustainability program.

Impact

Mitigation Strategy

Energy

Leading Change 2016 is bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity! What does this mean? Bullfrog Power’s generators inject clean, renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of electricity this event uses. Across Canada, Bullfrog’s electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogo program instead of from polluting sources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear. By choosing to bullfrogpower this event, Leading Change Canada is reducing the event’s environmental impact, and helping to create a cleaner, healthier environment. For more information on Bullfrog Power and how you can choose renewable energy, visit www.bullfrogpower.com.

Food

Our forum caterer, The Lazy Gourmet is an approved Green Table Network Member and certified Ocean Wise partner. We have chosen to pay extra for china service rather than use the caterer’s compostable cups. We are serving fair trade, organic coffee and tea during the forum. Our forum menu is all-vegetarian featuring locally sourced produce such as spinach, beets, kale, and Salt Spring Island Chèvre. Both opening and closing socials will feature meat-free menus with an emphasis on Oceanwise-certified seafood and locally sourced vegetarian selections. Steamworks only uses Oceanwise seafood, with a purchasing policy focused on local products first, then organics. We have chosen to go with a vegetarian or sustainably-sourced seafood appetizer menu for the Closing Social.

Hotels

Our hotels, the St. Regis Hotel and Ramada Inn & Suites were chosen for their walkability to/from forum venue and social venues. The St. Regis Hotel has free electric vehicle charging stations for guests.

Materials

FSC-certified paper is used whenever printing is required with a priority on paperless wherever possible. Lanyards are provided by Lanyard Library, a reusable lanyard project and biodegradable tag pouches purchased from Fairware.

Gifts/Giveaways

The Delegate Bag is made from repurposed banners provided by Common Thread with 600 mL Single Wall Glass Water Bottles from Fairware. For gifts, local, organic wine from Tinhorn Vineyards and fair trade organic coffee brewed in Vancouver, donated by Ethical Bean Coffee will be used.

Travel

Offsets used for air travel.