NSI is going bananas o’Ma-frica

It has been quite the week here in NSI with our inaugural Niagara Energy Summit finally coming to a close.     However, as the week comes to a close, I wanted to take some time out to highlight the volunteer efforts of our Development and Engagement Manager, Matt Brunette, as he ventures across the… View Article

Understanding Alternative Energy Solutions and NSI’s Niagara Energy Summit Event

Written by: Jen Hart One of the most common strategies for addressing energy conservation is to use sustainable energy sources in addition to non-renewable energy sources. Today we’ll be looking at a few of the most common means of sustainable energy generation, as well as some highlights of the upcoming Niagara Energy Summit event. The… View Article

Adapting to Energy Policy Changes

Written by: Elizabeth Carmichael + Shannon Webb With the recent change in Canada’s federal government, environmental policy appears to be a higher priority with climate change and low carbon energy solutions at the forefront of the government’s agenda. If your business is involved with NSI’s Carbon Project currently, then this is good news for you… View Article

Feel the Heat- Without Sweating the Bill

Written by: Jesse Hudecki As we learned earlier this month, Ontarian’s have paid roughly $37 billion – yes that’s billion with a B – above market prices over the last 8 years for electricity.[1] If that isn’t incentive enough to reduce your office’s (or home’s) hydro bill this winter, there’s also the added bonus of… View Article

A Year of Progress for Sustainability


By Lana Phan, Carbon Project Program Manager at NSI Both within our small initiative and beyond; provincially, nationally and globally 2015 has been a year of progress on sustainability. Our leadership has shifted its sights to more ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions and challenge climate change.       For the Niagara Sustainability Initiative… View Article

Environmental Awareness Program – Ugly Sweater Day


If the holidays have let you down or you feel like the magic and mystique of Christmas has faded with each passing year then fear not. National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is here to save you from that 9-5 monotony. This National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, leave the uniform at home, keep the preppy office… View Article

Why Report on Carbon?

By Jen Hart Climate change has become a common term we hear regularly, which has led in some cases to public apathy. Many tend to discount the severity of the issues surrounding climate change, despite the data being real. October 2015 Real Time data from NASA indicates that the current global CO2 level is the… View Article

Transportation in Niagara

One of Niagara Region Transit’s Buses- helping to connect cities within the region

Written by: Matt Brunette When I first started with NSI, transportation was a hot topic that had been brewing in the region for some time. The disbursed population centres of Niagara make it difficult to plan an efficient public transportation system for the relative portion of population that would be served. And even if that… View Article

NSI Members Recognized in the Niagara Business Community

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Written by: Lana Phan Sustainability is good for business. This is true of multimillion dollar companies as well as for smaller local businesses. If you’ve ever been to a Niagara Sustainability Initiative event, you would have heard the statistics from the mouths of many of the expert speakers we invite each month. Whether our invited… View Article

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis Film Adaptation of This Changes Everything. Image Source.

Written by: Matt Brunette  Climate change is probably the single biggest challenge we, as a global society, will face in the 21st century and beyond. The way humans have interacted with and ultimately changed our environment has led to, and will continually lead to repercussions that we cannot yet comprehend or predict. We know it’s… View Article