Financial and Business Planning

Financial and Business Planning

Montreal article on the difference between green business and sustainable business

HBR article on making sustainability profitable

Skift article on Environmental Sustainability — the next level of Luxury Travel

Guardian article on “green and lean” business practices – equating to increased profit

Thomson Reuters opinion piece on business leadership and sustainability

Harvard Business Review article on where to focus sustainability efforts

Incentives, loans and dis-incentives 

Green business loans available through the Orillia Area Community Development Corp.

Toronto Star article about Ontario Cap and Trade

Visit saveonenergy or contact your local utility provider for incentives and coupons on things like LEDs, low-flow fixtures, programmable thermostats and more.

Please visit the Green Economy Centre, Simcoe County for a database of Funding Available to small business and sector-specific energy and money saving tips. Be sure to visit the rest of this website for valuable resources.

If you’re thinking about Solar be sure to look into Ontario’s FIT/microFIT programs.

Government of Canada – Canada Business Network — tool to search funding programs 

Search for grants and incentives available in your province on the Natural Resources Canada website

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Growing Forward 2 program

Invest Ontario incentive programs

Community Stewardship Program for landowners


ROI of Sustainable Initiatives

BOMA article on calculating ROI for energy projects

Huffington Post article on rising importance of Corporate Social Responsibility to Millennials

Cone Communications study on how Millennials value to CSR

UN Environment article on resource efficiency and profit

Reporting, benchmarking and ROI information at The Sustainability Advantage

Business Case for Sustainability from the British Hospitality Association 

Blog by Alex Chamberlain on Measureable ROI for Sustainability Planning

Watch Andrew S Winston discuss the ROI of Sustainability

Triple Pundit article Why You Need a Sustainability Strategy

Stella McCartney 2015 Environmental Profit and Loss Account – quantifying the business value of natural capital

Conservation International article by Bruno Vander Velde What on Earth is ‘natural capital’?

GreenBiz article by Kathy Perkins 5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Care about Sustainability

Friends of the Greenbelt Natural Capital 101 and Ontario’s Good Fortune: Appreciating the Greenbelt’s Natural Capital

TVO short clip on winter outdoor activities in a changing climate

US EPA resources to help calculate cost of waste collection for different materials

Environmental Leader article on the business case for environmental stewardship


Business Planning and Communication

Canada Business Ontario Tips for a Greener Business

World Resources Institute on the stuff conundrum

Network for Business Sustainability How to Make Money by Going Green

Antea Group article 5 Ways to Build Your Company’s Reputation for Sustainability 

RBC guide to business greening


Sustainable Tourism

Destination British Columbia Sustainable Tourism Guide

Stewart Moore of EarthCheck on his big picture view of sustainability in the hotel and travel industries

Sustainability Leaders interview with Xavier Font on How to Communicate Sustainable Tourism

World Committee on Tourism Ethics

2030 sustainable development: How tourism can change the world


Blue Flag Beach and Marina certification program

Audubon International Golf and Green Lodging programs

EcoStay Program to support hoteliers implementing energy saving and emission-reducing initiatives

Sustainable Slopes works to provide the ski industry with a sustainable framework to encourage and enhance environmental performance

Green Key Global and eco-rating system for the accommodation and meeting industries


Employee Engagement 

This Save on Energy video demonstrates why to get employees involved in energy efficiency

Environmental Leader article by Kathy Miller Employee Engagement: Why Do It If You Can’t Do it Right?

National Environmental Education Foundation employee engagement resources

Network for Business Sustainability on engaging your employees in sustainability

Greenstar Recycling infographic on employee engagement

Talkin’ Trash with UHN– Blog at University Health Network

Sustainable Brands article by Brian W. McNally  on the future of employee engagement

Sustainable Brands article by Graham Massey 5 Steps to Successfully Integrating Purpose Into Your Organisation

Knowledge@Wharton – University of Pennsylvania article How Companies Can Tap Sustainability to Motivate Staff

Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month – website with many employee engagement ideas and resources

Globe and Mail article on employee engagement at MEC