Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) is the not-for-profit organization engaging and connecting businesses in Niagara in an effort to advance economic and environmental sustainability. We work to help businesses identify, understand and reduce their carbon footprint to become more sustainable both environmentally and economically. Through our efforts and programs, such as the Carbon Project, we’ve become the go-to source for organizations interested in tackling sustainability. We promote opportunities to develop a mindset for an environmentally and economically thriving Niagara and to integrate these values into all future planning as our community grows.
Each year, NSI expands its reach in Niagara by building partnerships with local organizations to measure their carbon footprint and identify reduction opportunities. Our network has now established itself as a homegrown sustainability movement. We’ve seen the values and knowledge promoted in the workplace spread into personal lives and communities. A new era of conscious workers, consumers, and community members has emerged.
We started out as a group of young, environmentally passionate people who wanted to see our values reflected in a community-driven approach to organizational sustainability in Niagara. After seeing the success of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Carbon Initiative, we launched the Carbon Project in 2010. Now we have three full-time staff and a team of over 65 volunteers, ambassadors, and board members, all eager to see a more sustainable Niagara.