Mennonite Economic Development Associates

Observing Organization

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Reduction commitment: Observing Organization in Milestone 2

Business Type: Non Profit

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals, they partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world. Rooted in faith, MEDA firmly believes that unleashing entrepreneurship is the best way to alleviate poverty.

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Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects:


Packaging Reduction: The MEDA reduced their weekly waste by switching from non-recyclable smaller coffee packets, to larger bulk packaging from their coffee supplier.

Sustainability for the Holidays: MEDA held a presentation for their staff to share information on being waste conscious during the holidays, providing tips such as using reusable food containers and using recycled materials for gift-wrapping.


Waste & Recycling: Added bins for paper tower recycling to the kitchen and bathroom which significantly increased recycling and decreased waste coming from their office.

Energy Reductions: Installed motion sensor lights in Kitchens and bathrooms and updated thermostats to be programmable.

Photocopier Re-programmed: Re-programmed all photocopiers to default to two-sided printing and to automatically shut-off when not in use.

2015 Carbon Cleanse Winner: MEDA was an active participant in the 30-day carbon challenge and was one of four organizations to max out their scores. As a result, AET tied for first and won the Carbon Trophy!


Currently embarking on our first project which is forming relationship with Conestoga College Students who will provide support and advice on ways to reduce GHG emissions.


Sustainability Culture at MEDA

Issues concerning the environment have long been important to MEDA. Their values seek to ensure that the environment is considered in project planning and design, maintenance, management and reporting to help facilitate responsible stewardship of financial, natural, and human resources. While MEDA’s statements of commitment are strong, and they are continually striving to put these words into action; MEDA believes they are at a point where they can do more. Reversing the impacts of environmental degradation is an issue MEDA must do something about. MEDA is continuously looking for ways to improve and has a strong passion and dedication for the environment.



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