SVS is the proud recipient of the 2016 Downtown Guelph GREEN BUSINESS AWARD

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Nov 16, 2016 1:10:09 PM

 

SVS is the proud recipient of the Downtown Guelph GREEN BUSINESS AWARD for 2016, in recognition of our work leading the way in green business in Downtown Guelph. This recognizes our work sourcing local products, creating sustainable business practices and offering our customers eco-friendly products/solutions.

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Topics: B Corporations

Tackling Complex Social Problems Through Positive Deviance

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Apr 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them"

~ Albert Einstein 

 

Scroll down for information, and to sign-up, for two separate, FREE, 1-hour Webinar dates!

So how do we solve our most pressing complex social challenges: those really wicked problems that we need to solve to improve human wellbeing? This is the core question that the Positive Deviance approach is seeking to answer. The idea on which Positive Deviance hinges is that social change happens within a community because of the deviants or disruptors who have a bias towards positive and beneficial actions for the community and who have discovered locally appropriate innovations that really work.

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Topics: B Corporations

Social Intrapreneurship & Creating Shared Value- Reflections from EWB's Pivot Bootcamp

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Dec 16, 2014 3:14:00 PM

 Photo Credit: Tyler Blacquiere
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Topics: B Corporations

What Does a B Corp Look Like?

Posted by Don Richardson

on Nov 5, 2014 6:10:00 AM


What Does a B Corp Look Like?

This year at Shared Value Solutions Ltd., we worked hard to become a Certified B Corporation - a "B Corp".  We're an Ontario B Corp - one of over 1,000 worldwide in 36 countries, one of over 100 B Corporations in Canada, and one of only 68 B Corps in Ontario.  

Like all other B Corps, we are "people using business as a force for good".  

But what does that look like? Watch this short video to find out.

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Topics: B Corporations

Ontario Climate Action: North America's First City-wide District Energy Network

Posted by Don Richardson

on Oct 2, 2014 10:26:00 AM


GUELPH INNOVATES ONTARIO CLIMATE ACTION:

The City of Guelph is building North America's first city-wide district energy network and leading Ontario climate action.  Guelph is the first community in North America to establish a plan for an interconnected thermal grid to serve industrial, commercial and residential buildings across an entire city.  

Starting with low-cost, clean energy, natural gas fuel - but branching to renewables over time - an underground network of pipes installed alongside water, electricity, and other utilities will allow multiple buildings to share energy for heating, cooling, and hot water. Building operators benefit from lower fuel and equipment costs, reduced space requirements, lower building and maintenance costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The system is owned and operated by Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Hydro Inc. Guelph's goal is to use its district energy network to supply at least 50 per cent of the community's heating needs in the next 30 years. Energy efficiency is a big part of this initiative - Guelph will soon be launching GEERS – Guelph Energy Efficiency Retrofit Services – to help retrofit existing buildings for energy efficiency.  

Guelph has also partnered with Project Neutral to help local residents address climate change at the household level.  Launched on October 1st, 2014, Project Neutral, in collaboration with the the local not-for-profit organization eMerge, the project is a web-based platform that allows homeowners to calculate their household carbon footprint based on food, water, waste, energy and transportation. Once residents discover the size of their own footprint, they can set personal goals to bring it even lower, or just brag about it to their neighbours.  Karen Nasmith, co-founder and director of Project Neutral, said the program "takes a new slant on keeping up with the Joneses."

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, B Corporations, Ontario Climate Action, Local is the New Black

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Mining and the Ring of Fire

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 6:20:00 AM

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Topics: BEAHR Training, Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates, Mining

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Climate Change & Ontario

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 6:05:00 AM

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Low Cost Natural Gas

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 5:48:00 AM

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Water & Environment

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 5:32:00 AM

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates, First Nations Approaches to Water Management

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Social Entrepreneurship & B Corps

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 5:07:00 AM

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates