Celebrating green business leadership

From diverting Toronto Zoo’s panda waste bamboo from landfill to installing technology that saved the equivalent of 556 Olympic swimming pools of water, a growing community of businesses has completed 2,500 sustainability projects.

“Since it was established 10 years ago, the members of Partners in Project Green have completed 2,500 sustainability projects that continue to make direct positive contributions to the health of our environment,” says John MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

Together with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the TRACA launched Partners in Project Green in 2008 with the goal of developing an internationally-recognized community of businesses known for its competitive, high-performance and eco-friendly business climate.

Together, this community of 650 organizations diverted combined 20,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, reduced CO2 emissions by 120,000 tonnes through energy savings projects and diverted 1.4 billion litres of water, the TRCA reports.

That was achieved through a variety of sustainability projects, such as establishing an initial electric charging network across the Greater Toronto Area, organizing the People Power Challenge that resulted in more than 50,000 employee commitment pledges and diverting unusual material from landfill – including the panda waste bamboo.

Partners in Project Green celebrated those achievements at its Powering Clean Economy conference and awards, held at the International Centre on November 29 and recognized the following Legacy Leaders: Alectra Inc., Bentall Kennedy, Canadian Tire Corporation, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, City of Toronto, Coca-Cola Canada, Credit Valley Conservation, Lincoln Electric Company of Canada, LoyaltyOne, Co., Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Molson Coors Canada, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Region of Peel, Robert Bosch Inc., The International Centre, The Regional Municipality of York, Toronto Pearson, Town of Caledon, Unilever Canada Inc., Velcro Companies and Woodbine Entertainment.

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