Challenging Starbucks

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Description: Two sixth-grade students from Calgary have gotten lots of attention for their online petition to encourage Starbucks to switch to fully-recyclable beverage cups. Mya Chau and Eve Helman have had over 300,000 signatures on their petition on Change.org. Environmental groups have supported the two young environmentalists by funding them to travel to the Starbucks annual… Read more »

No plastic in aisle 5!

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Description: Dutch upscale supermarket Ekoplaza has introduced a plastics-free aisle. You can find your grocery items wrapped in cardboard or paper, or packaged in metal or glass, but you won’t find any plastic in one aisle. The grocery chain wants to expand this program to all of its stores in face of the notion that only… Read more »

. . . With electric trucks!

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Description: In the same week Loblaws  announced that it was starting up a delivery service for online orders, it also surprised us with another future looking move by stating an intention to purchase Tesla’s electric trucks. The trucks are expected to hit the road in 2019 and will help move the giant grocer ahead in… Read more »

Sustainability lacking

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Description: Canadian companies are falling behind. Only 6 Canadian companies made the list of the world’s top 100 most sustainable companies. In 2016, 9 companies were there and in the previous year 12 Canadian companies hit the top. Part of the reason for the decline appears to be stronger disclosure requirements for companies in other… Read more »

Pricing carbon

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Description: This past week Canada’s premiers met with the Prime Minister to discuss climate change. But the group was unable to come to a firm conclusion on any one way forward; rather there appears to have been a general agreement to make carbon more expensive. In New Brunswick, Premier Brian Gallant says this may be… Read more »

Auditing climate change

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Description: Canada’s provincial and federal auditors general are joining forces to take on a nation-wide audit of climate change actions in 2017. Julie Gelfand, the federal commissioner of the environment and sustainable development, whose office is included inside the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, announced the joint audit on Thursday. It will be… Read more »