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CONTENTS ISSUE 03/15
Welcome to the latest issue of Sustainable Business Magazine Sustainable Business Magazine aims to spread awareness of the values of sustainability, as well as the brilliant ways in which organizations continue to meet challenges and champion corporate social responsibility. Carl Vreugde, Partner and Associate at Urecon, speaks to us about the role the company’s products play in heating and cooling systems, as well as new technologies which are set to transform district energy efficiencies. Following this we continue our focus on the Canadian energy industry with a detailed feature on Innergex Renewable Energy, in which Director of Communications and Sustainable Development Marie-Josée Privyk talks about how they are promoting and delivering sustainable energy. A feature on the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) focuses on how they’re contributing to the energy industry by providing research, innovation, and highly qualified professionals. The latest installment of our AASHE ‘Sustainable Campuses’ series features McMaster University, Mohawk College, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Vermont, and the University of Southern Mississippi. The series is being run in partnership with AASHE (the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) and celebrates the continuing efforts of North American universities to develop and operate sustainably, as well as the role they’re taking in educating students and the wider public about the importance of sustainability. The series is prefaced by a foreword from AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. As always, details of upcoming sustainability events can be found on our events calendar. This issues’ highlighted event is the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s (CanSIA) Game Changers Awards Gala. The event was held on the 26th of March 2015 and focused on the accomplishments of men and women within the Canadian solar energy industry. This issue’s three guest editorials are once again provided by a selection of industry experts. A technology report by Tom Schuler, President and CEO of Solidia Technologies®, explains how they’re bringing sustainable innovation to the cement and concrete industry. The issue also includes a social report by Angie Knowles of ECO Canada and an economic report by Dr. Keith Skene, Director of the Biosphere Research Institute and author of ‘Sustainable Economics: Context, Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st-Century Practitioner’. A Q&A with Mitch Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at FedEx, explores how they’re promoting growth and global connectivity in a responsible and sustainable manner. We hope that you find this issue both interesting and inspiring. Thank you for reading. The Sustainable Business Magazine Team
Technology Report Solidia Technology
Economic Report Sustainable Economics
Social Report ECO Canada
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)
Q&A Mitch Jackson VP of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corporation
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
University of Texas at Austin
University of Vermont
University of Southern Mississippi
CanSIA Game Changer Awards Gala 2015
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