In 2011 Sustainable Waterloo Region spearheaded a research project to scale up community-based initiatives focused on improving business sustainability. This research, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, was in response to interest from similar organizations in Niagara, Hamilton, and London wanting to learn from and build upon our approach. The result of this project was the formation of the national charity Sustainability CoLab whose mission is to enable community-driven and action-oriented approaches to business sustainability.
Sustainability CoLab is currently engaging various partners to work towards a Fall 2012 launch. Our initial focus remains on building a cluster of environmental not-for-profits across Ontario while providing quality support services to advance the environmental sustainability of their local organizations. Sustainability CoLab will also build upon the knowledge and collaboration of this network to address larger system challenges associated with business sustainability. This includes identifying key institutional barriers to business sustainability and leveraging the collective power of a national entity to reduce these industry-wide, policy, and cultural barriers.
Sustainability CoLab is continuing outreach for volunteers, Board members, strategic partners, and funders. For those interested in learning more, contact:
Miles DePaul, Director of Operations for Sustainability CoLab
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