Helping businesses go green

Durham Sustain Ability (DSA) has new digs. The GCC member organization relocated to

Durham Sustain Ability’s programming aims to deliver triple bottom line benefits – social, environmental and financial.

Durham Sustain Ability’s programming aims to deliver triple bottom line benefits – social, environmental and financial.

Whitby in September where it continues to support Durham Region residents and business on the path to a sustainable future.

A passion for sustainability is evident in DSA’s business and community programs.

DSA’s business program, Durham Partners in Project Green, aims to increase the number of businesses operating using sound sustainable business principles, and to position Durham Region as a leader within the Ontario low carbon economy.

“Together, we can achieve a vibrant economy that delivers triple bottom line benefits – social, environmental (or ecological) and financial – for all of our members,” says Executive Director Shawna Mutton.

A September workshop explored commercial lighting options, offering manufacturers opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint while saving on electricity bills. Another recent workshop addressed indoor air quality and its effect on employee health and productivity.

Community programming includes GCC-developed initiatives such as RAIN Community Solutions for dealing with stormwater runoff, EcoDriver and Well Aware. Other community programs deal with food, youth and land stewardship.

A three-year program focused on local food is currently wrapping up. Areas explored included growing your own food, community gardens, school cafeteria fare, community-shared agriculture and urban agriculture. Feedback collected during the program and in a wrap-up survey will inform DSA’s future activities.

For a full list of programs and upcoming events, visit DSA’s website.

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