Sustainability At Home Toolkit

Sustainability tips for you, your home, and your business

These are just a few of the tips that we’ve passed around our organization to help our staff green their lives just a little bit more. We hope you'll find them helpful, too.

Sustainability at Home is here

Did you know that by turning your thermostat down to about 15 degrees Celsius at night and when you leave the house you could enjoy savings of up to 15% off your heating bill this year? That’s just one of the many practical and easy tips outlined in Sustainability at Home, our booklet aimed at helping Canadians go green and make the world a healthier place, one home at a time.

In it, you’ll find:
> The best ways to turn good ideas into green ideas while renovating
> How to slash up to 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes
> A room-by-room review of opportunities to make a more sustainable home
> Water-saving gardening ideas
> Checklists to track your progress

To receive a printed copy of the Sustainability at Home Toolkit, please email us at sustainability@cooperators.ca.

Greening your small business

Sustainability has always been an integral part of The Co-operators success. As a sustainable business, we encourage all other organizations, big and small, to do what they can to choose more responsible options in every area of business. Not only is it healthier for the environment and the economy, but it can also have a positive impact on your bottom line. This series of four articles will get you going with your own business plan for sustainability. 

Part one: Why sustainability is important to your business
If you're a business owner, find out why you should make sustainability a priority.

Part two: Six steps to a more sustainable business
Every business, big or small, can become more sustainable, but planning and establishing a clear direction is essential. Get your business started on its sustainability journey.

Part three: Is your sustainability strategy sustainable?
Keep the momentum of your business sustainability plan going strong.

Part four: Evolving your company's sustainability strategy
Running a sustainable business is a living, evolving process that has the potential to influence, challenge and inspire others. Ensure that everyone in your organization is on board, and keeping up with the changing pace of technology.

Green Meeting Guide

Every meeting has an environmental impact; each event uses energy and creates waste. Participants often travel to attend meetings, and planners purchase such items as gifts, food, and flip charts. There are also social impacts of meeting planning that should be considered, including:
> Accessibility for people with disabilities
> Safety and security
> Nutritional and health impacts for participants
> The opportunity to source products from socially responsible and co-operative businesses

Each decision has a consequence and by holding more sustainable meetings, we can reduce our collective environmental footprint.

The Co-operators Guide to Sustainable Meetings was designed to assist organizers and hosts of meetings and conferences in reducing the negative - and enhancing the positive - environmental and social impacts of their gatherings. From in-house staff meetings to large conferences, this guide will help with planning and holding more sustainable meetings.

The guide contains a planning guide, a venue questionnaire and useful checklists for holding your own green meeting.