The Business of Being Green


Recently, being “green” has become more than just doing good for the environment, it has also become in the best interest of the company. Aside from the obvious benefits to the environment, a business being “green” can often mean cost-savings, increased productivity and increased exposure for the business. Let’s look at some of the ways… View Article

Building Sustainable Cities

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Cities hold the key to a sustainable future; through collaboration, long-term planning and smart investment cities can create healthier people and stronger economies. Over the next 40 years, the world’s population is estimated to increase by 3.2 billion, with the majority of this growth concentrating in cities. Niagara is not exempt from these population swells,… View Article

Understanding Green Supply Chain Management


The manufacturing and production of goods has changed drastically in the past decade. There was a time when most products Canadians purchased, were designed and produced in Canada, using Canadian resources. However times have changed with the ever-growing presence of globalization; free trade, the free flow of capital and cheaper foreign labour markets have all… View Article

The Economics of Sustainability – Solar Panels

Rooftop solar panels installed at Niagara College's Welland campus supplements electricity use provides income.

July 8, 2015 Some people are put off by the higher price tags of sustainable materials, because, let’s face it, no one wants to spend more money than necessary.  While it is true that sustainable items often do cost more than their non-sustainable counterparts, often those higher costs can help you make back, or even… View Article

Things to come at NSI – Post-Roundtable Blog

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On Friday June 26th, NSI hosted a Round-Table Discussion at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. NSI hosted the Round-Table discussion event to gather feedback on the flagship “Carbon Project Program”. The feedback gathered will be used to strengthen the Carbon Project and to make this program more attractive to current and potential members…. View Article

Change is Good

  “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything (G.B. Shaw)”. Change is demanding, unsettling and often appears insurmountable- but I’m a firm believer that constant progress is the key to perpetual happiness. This is certainly true in reflecting on the past two weeks here at the Niagara Sustainability Initiative, where… View Article

The 4th Annual Evening of Recognition

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The 4th Annual Evening of Recognition was held on Tuesday May 19th at White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-lake. With over 150 registrants the 2015 Evening of Recognition was a big success and the turnout was amazing! The Evening of Recognition is a celebration of sustainability in Niagara. It is the most anticipated event… View Article

NSI Internship Blog – Our Experience in the NSI Community


Hello! We are Meghan and Jessica, and we were the lucky Niagara College students who earned a place as interns at Niagara Sustainability Initiative from January to April 2015. We both chose to apply to NSI for our internship placement because of the strong values and innovative ideas present there. Back in January, we both… View Article

NSI Announces New Chair and Three New Board Members


Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) is pleased to announce new board of directors and a new board chair. Robert MacKenzie, President of Quartek Group has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors. Also new to the board are Alison Braithwaite, writer and environmental leader (most recently at Walker Industries), Emily Keene, Associate at Lancaster… View Article

The Role of Business in Sustainability: Tim Nash and Dave Sawyer

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By Brooke Allison On April 14, 2015, Niagara Sustainability Initiative was pleased to welcome environmental economists Dave Sawyer and Tim Nash the stage as guest speakers at the Role of Business in Sustainability forum. With the cap and trade announcement on April 13, 2015, the Role of Business in Sustainability event couldn’t have happened at… View Article