Vancouver

Resources

Local resources, incentive programs, and helpful web links that will help business owners implement energy-efficient and environmentally friendly changes.

Web Resources

Calculate your business' carbon footprint
Use this online tool to calculate how much energy your organization consumes and understand how greener choices can reduce your business' carbon footprint.

Green Electronics
A simple one-stop-shop for consumers and businesses. Source and purchase green consumer electronics and computer products currently available.

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
EPEAT is a U.S.-based system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.

Greenpeace International Electronics Companies Comparison
This guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and game consoles, according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

Industrial Energy-Efficient Equipment (Natural Resources Canada)
This site has excellent sections on ice makers, refrigerated vending machines, self-contained commercial refrigerators and freezers, and walk-in commercial refrigeration.

SMUD refrigeration tips & maintenance checklist
Daily, monthly, quarterly and annual tips, and maintenance information on commercial refrigeration from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Sample tip: Keep products below market load lines in freezers and coolers. Overloaded displays decrease product quality and increase energy use by as much as 10 to 20% per unit.

How green is your takeaway container?
Respected food portal CHOW has a feature to rate the kinds of packaging used for food, based on energy used to create it and decomposition.

Message in a Bottle - David Suzuki on water bottles The David Suzuki Foundation published an article about problems with water bottles that highlights the environmental impact of bottled water and encourages their elimination.

Recycling Council of BC - Zero Waste Program (Vancouver)
The Recycling Council of British Columbia's recycling hotline is a comprehensive, toll-free service that provides information on waste reduction, recycling, disposal and pollution prevention throughout the entire province.

All About Water
A comprehensive yet accessible website about water, including a brief summary of water treatment alternatives, an exposé on the truth about bottled water, and a fact listing about drinking water and water filtration products.


Supplies

Green Your
GreenYour offers a wealth of tips, products and information about greening your home and business. The business section includes sections on office purchasing, appliances, electronics, furnishings, kitchens and food, paper and supplies.

GreenBiz
GreenBiz offers a topical, bottom-line perspective to the greening of business, including compelling news stories and updates on all aspects of going green. Check out the site's Greening your Business: A Primer for Small Businesses guide, along with the Small Business section and the Business Operations section, which focuses on green solutions for larger companies.

Environment Canada's CCPIC guide for small and medium businesses
Environment Canada's Canadian Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse (CCPIC) website for small and medium business enterprises offers cost-effective tools, tips, and resources for small and medium-sized businesses. It also includes helpful waste minimization assessments for many different industries.

SCORE Sustainability Assessment
Sustainability Competency and Opportunity Rating and Evaluation (SCORE) is a sustainability assessment tool designed to help businesses and organizations benchmark where they are on the road to sustainability, and identify new or overlooked opportunities.

Frogfile Office Essentials
Frogfile Office Essentials offers a large online selection of sustainable office supplies, screened to ensure they are the best options available. Their site also has great resources for greening your business, reducing waste and engaging staff with sustainable practices. They also accept slightly used office supplies for resale.


Lighting

Q&A on Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
Natural Resources Canada's questions and answers about Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs).

LED exit signs

Watch the ENERGY STAR Canada website for efficiency updates and exit sign technologies that become certified for use in Canada.

Lighting Reference Guide
Natural Resources Canada has an online lighting reference guide.

Holiday lights
Visit ENERGY STAR Canada's home page for information on LED holiday lights and ENERGY STAR criteria.

Office energy efficiency
The New Buildings Institute is a Washington-based non-profit that promotes energy efficiency in new commercial building development. While many of their ideas are for new construction, the site offers interesting lighting design ideas and information.

ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive
This Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency program offers incentives and rebates for energy-efficient upgrades.


Local Resources

BC Association of Farmers' Markets (B.C.)
Keeping your workplace healthy can include supporting local farmers. Farmers' Markets operate in every corner of B.C. Reflecting the communities they serve, markets vary in size and type, from large sheltered public markets to a few vendors clustered in a local park or on a parking lot. Buy local fresh produce and fruit, processed foods, and arts and crafts.

Get Local (Lower Mainland, B.C.)
Get Local is a community of B.C. food producers, businesses and groups working together to promote eating locally in the Metro Vancouver area. Get Local offers education about the benefits of eating locally, a growing list of businesses that are producing and selling local food, and other resources to help you choose more local food. Their chart of what foods are in season each month is incredibly thorough.

Green Table Network (Lower Mainland, B.C.)
Food service operators certified by the Green Table Network have undergone a sustainability audit and taken measurable steps to reduce their operations' impact on the environment. Green Table members range from food courts to fine dining, family-owned independents to brand-name chain restaurants.

CFL recycling facilities (Southern B.C., Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island) Because CFLs contain some mercury, it is essential that you recycle spent bulbs. Find a recycler in your area.

Green Workplace (Vancouver) Green Workplace is a Vancouver-based company whose team of environmental professionals helps small and medium-sized businesses to evaluate their consumption and identify opportunities for waste, and energy reduction. Services include waste, lighting, paper, fleet and corporate governance assessments. They also offer waste management workshops. Fees for service vary depending on the size of your business and services required.