Case Studies

Morguard: Developing the Real Estate Industry

The Opportunity

Morguard, one of Canada’s largest integrated real estate companies, recognized the value of integrating sustainability into their operations for not only the social and ecological benefits but for the economic advantage gained through differentiating themselves amongst their competitors.

Santropol Roulant: A Sustainable Approach to Food Delivery

The Opportunity

After operating from a sustainability platform for a number of years, Santropol Roulant, a non-profit in the Plateau neighbourhood of Montreal, questioned their sustainability impacts and decided to look into further actions that would help reduce their ecological footprint.

David Suzuki Foundation: Kicking off the David Suzuki Foundation’s Strategic Sustainability Roadmap

The Opportunity

The David Suzuki Foundation is committed to sustainability, and has implemented several ambitious internal initiatives over the years. These include reducing energy usage and waste, selecting green buildings for two of its offices, partnering with Cisco to adopt communication technologies that reduce air travel, tracking and offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions, choosing green suppliers, and so on. Building on this work, the Foundation now wants to evolve and demonstrate the best of its internal activities through a more strategic organizational approach to sustainability.

Whistler Blackcomb

Sprawling across two 7,000-foot peaks in the Coast Mountains just north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the world’s premier ski resorts. The resort's connection with The Natural Step began in March 2000 when members of the ski operation’s senior management team attended one of Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt’s community presentations.

University of Western Ontario

We have had the great opportunity to work with five extremely passionate and intelligent students from the University of Western Ontario’s Master’s in Environment and Sustainability, coaching them through their co-op placements.

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Wolfville, Nova Scotia is situated in the Annapolis Valley, about 100 kilometres north of Halifax. Originally known as Mud Creek, the town was founded by the Acadians in the 18th century and incorporated as the Town of Wolfville in the early 19th century. Wolfville is home to Acadia University, and is widely recognized as one of the most attractive and progressive towns in Atlantic Canada.

Town of Olds, Alberta

The Town of Olds is a thriving community in rural Alberta with 7,300 people and a number of significant growth pressures.  The town, which acts as a regional service centre, is engaged in several large capital projects. With a rich agriculture heritage and a reputation for a highly engaged and active volunteer community, Olds committed to developing a municipal sustainability plan to articulate and plan for a sustainable future. 

Town of Canmore, Alberta

Canmore, a mountain town in the Bow Valley in southern Alberta between Calgary and Banff has a permanent population of 11,500 and an additional seasonal population of 4,800.

Canmore was the second Canadian community to implement The Natural Step’s community-wide engagement program (after Whistler, BC).

Town of Caledon, Ontario: Striving Toward Sustainability

The Town of Caledon, Ontario is truly a leader in sustainability. In 2003, the town was a co-recipient of the “the Greenest Town in Ontario” award for their progressive movement, and extensive list of initiative taken toward sustainability. These initiatives include: excellent countryside planning, the Healthy Horticultural Landscapes Bylaw, strong community involvement, membership in the Partners for Climate Protection Program and extensive waste diversion programs. In 2004, an Environmental Progress Officer (EPO) was appointed and in 2005 an Environmental Progress Action Plan was prepared.  Caledon’s 2009 Environmental Action Report  attests to the impressive progress being made in the seven priority areas contained within the 2005 plan.

The Sustainable Twin Ports: Duluth Transit Authority

In 2009, the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) underwent a visioning and training session provided by The Natural Step Canada to help advance their sustainability program in conjunction with the vision of The Sustainable Twin Ports plan.

As the public transit provider for the cities of Duluth, Hermantown, and Proctor, Minnesota, as well as Superior, Wisconsin, the DTA is responsible for serving the mobility needs of approximately 120,000 residents and visitors in the Twin Ports area.

This case study represents the outcome of the first formal training sessions having taken place between The Natural Step Canada and the DTA.