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June 1, 2011 - Tags: Environment

Istock 000004633733xsmallThis guest blog post is provided by Environment Canada which is responsible for protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.

Are you looking for ways to save energy, protect the environment, and make a difference in your community? Canadian Environment Week (June 5 - 11) is the perfect time to take action to make your business greener.

In your office/at work:

  • Be energy efficient - check out the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator.
  • Move beyond paper and plastic recycling - check out Recycle My Cell to learn about recycling and refurbishing used computers, fax machines, cell phones, and batteries.
  • Limit your use of packaging and encourage customers to bring reusable bags.
  • Join the Commuter Challenge (link no longer active) and encourage your employees to leave their vehicles at home.
  • Encourage flexible work hours or telecommuting. The more cars we keep off the road, the better.
  • Encourage your employees to use reusable mugs and water bottles.
  • Have a litter-free lunch week at work! Watch this video if you don't know how.

In your community:

  • Sponsor a local park.
  • Encourage employees to volunteer at charities that focus on the environment.
  • Plant a tree on your business' property (register it on Green Wave!).
  • Make a charitable donation to an organization that protects the environment.

For more green tips you can do at work and at home, check out 40 ways to take part in Canadian Environment Week. To learn more about Government of Canada environmental initiatives, visit our ecoACTION website (website no longer active).

Comments

I’m surprised refilling ink cartridges and using remanufactured laser toners was not included on the above list.

•Every year over 60 million inkjet cartridges are sold across Canada, over 700 million across North America
•It takes around 74ml of oil to produce a single inkjet cartridge (2.5 ounces)
•That means it takes over 4,440,000 liters of oil to keep Canada in inkjet cartridges every year!

The process is environmentally friendly and delays the trip to the landfill for numerous cartridges annually.

In addition, refilling cartridges is one of the few environmental concepts that also saves consumers money.  Refilled cartridges can save consumers up to 50% off the cost off buying new. 

Win win for everyone.

By Alex on June 1, 2011

Home run! Great slugging with that answer!

By Wind on June 9, 2011

Bonjour,

Je suis un (futur) entrepreneur qui se tient présentement à l’étape du plan d’affaires.

J’aimerais me partir une entreprise dans le domaine sportif/éducatif et aimerais bien me bâtir un édifice 100 % autonome (solaire, éolien, géothermie, etc.)

Je ne sais point si vous pouvez m’aider ou plutôt me diriger dans la bonne direction, mais je suis à la recherche de subventions possibles, de possibilité (entreprises) qui fera de mon projet un rêve réalisable.

By Jason on June 13, 2011

Bonjour Jason,

Les gouvernements offrent certains programmes d’aide financière et d’encouragement conçus spécifiquement pour les initiatives environnementales et ceux qui visent à réduire la consommation énergétique. Vous pouvez consulter certains de ceux-ci à la section Programmes de financement et d’encouragement.

By Canada Business on June 14, 2011

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