We have lift off! Green Economy London Launches!
Supported by the City of London and the London Community Foundation, Green Economy London will build the low-carbon economy.
On Monday May 13, 2019, the newest Green Economy Hub will launch in London, Ontario. Green Economy London will support local businesses to set and achieve sustainability targets, joining 6 other Hubs across Ontario.
“Green Economy London helps businesses and organizations realize the competitive advantage of becoming environmentally sustainable,” said Skylar Franke, Executive Director of the London Environmental Network (host organization of the Hub). “We work directly with our members, helping to build a plan, access expertise, and make changes which strengthen their bottom line.”
Green Economy London is a membership-based program which provides tools to measure emissions, waste and water usage, resources to manage them, and recognition for success. For our Founding Members who include: Dispenser Amenities, Alchemy Junk, the City of London, German Solar Corp, London Convention Centre, Life of Leisure, Cornerstone Architecture, MTE Consultants, Heeman’s, McCabe Promotional, The Root Cellar and GreenTech Painting — the founding members of Green Economy London — the benefits of joining are clear:
“Sustainability has been our company's focus since our founding. This is a great way to connect with other local, environmentally focused companies in London while helping us continue to reduce our environmental impact.” said Ian Wallace, President of Dispenser Amenities. “All of us at Dispenser Amenities are delighted to be a part of this initiative.” Dispenser Amenities is a local small business that supplies the hospitality sector with durable shower soap dispensers, which reduces waste and saves significant money for their clients.
Will Heeman, of Heeman’s Garden Centre and Strawberry Farm said "Signing on as an early member in Green Economy London was a no-brainer for our business. As stewards of our land, seeking to grow a beautiful crop sustainable, this initiative ties in perfectly with our family's mission of growing 'green'. Pursuing a greener business practice isn't just the right thing to do, it helps us reduce costs, operate smarter and maintain a competitive edge!"
“Enhanced public relations, accountability and actionable tasks will guide our decision making.” said Justin Bardawill from Alchemy Junk. “Our clients will view these steps as added value and use them in making their purchasing decisions.”
A $200,000 grant from the London Community Foundation and a $50,300 grant from the City of London has provided start-up capital for this social enterprise. Labatt’s, Try Recycling and MTE Consultants are also supporting Green Economy London as Founding Partners for the launch.
Green Economy London is the latest Hub in the growing Green Economy Canada network. Similar Hubs operating in Waterloo Region, Ottawa, Hamilton and Burlington, York Region, Sudbury, and Kingston have engaged over 265 businesses and reduced over 59,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
“We’re thrilled to see Green Economy London launch in London. It’s a strong signal of the local appetite and energy for a transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Priyanka Lloyd, Executive Director of Green Economy Canada, which has been supporting the launch of the Hub over the past year. “With Green Economy London, local businesses will now be supported in driving innovations that measurably reduce their environmental impact while building a resilient, low-carbon economy.”
Green Economy London is committed to empower organizations to meet their environmental and sustainability goals. If you wish to learn more about Green Economy London, please visit the website: www.greeneconomylondon.ca
Check out our features in the London Free Press, CTV, Global News, and CBC radio to learn more!
The London Environmental Network (LEN) connects and supports local non-profits and community groups working with an environmental focus. We work to build strong, resilient organizations so they can be more effective at creating positive environmental change over the long term. The London Environmental Network acts as a doorway into the environmental sector so Londoners can more easily learn about environmental efforts in our city and how to get involved. londonenvironment.net
Green Economy Canada (formerly Sustainability CoLab) works with community organizations to launch, grow, and promote Green Economy Hubs across Canada. Green Economy Hubs support local networks of businesses to set and achieve sustainability targets — bringing together, empowering, and celebrating businesses as they achieve their goals. There are currently Green Economy Hubs in Hamilton-Burlington, Kingston, Ottawa, Sudbury, Waterloo Region, York Region, and soon, London. greeneconomy.ca