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The Carbon Project

What is the Carbon Project?

The Carbon Project is a membership program that provides organizations with the tools and support necessary to measure, manage and reduce an organization’s carbon emissions. The Carbon Project provides members with the benefits of cost savings, employee engagement/retention, brand enhancement and risk mitigation. Membership with NSI is required before joining the Carbon Project. Annual membership fees are dependent on the size of the organization and range from $350-$1,500 with an additional $500 fee to become a member of the Carbon Project.

With membership, organizations get year round support from NSI staff and exclusive access to our Carbon Accounting Tool, Member Portal resources, Season of Events and credible third-party recognition through our website, reports, and events.

Carbon Project members are Niagara’s leaders against Climate Change. Since 2011, Carbon Project members have been taking the lead to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of Climate Change on their businesses and communities. Through improving the sustainability of their operations and facilities, Carbon Project members are acquiring a competitive edge through sustainability as they ensure that their organization is better able to adapt and thrive in the uncertain environmental, economic, and social conditions of the future.

This program provides a platform for leaders to better learn how to reduce their GHG emissions and environmental impacts, while benefiting from increased efficiency and education, no matter their level of expertise in environmental management.

Carbon Project Services

Educational Networking Events

Monthly events keep your organization up-to-date on best practices, sustainability strategies, and tools for implementation. Connect with other organizations in the region and share and learn from each others’ experiences.

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Easy Tracking Software

Simple-to-use software to measure and report your carbon footprint.

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Expert Knowledge & Resources

Access to a wide range of resources including green team guides, communicating sustainability, regulatory info, and more.

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Success & Public Recognition

Third-party recognition for your organization’s sustainability progress at our Annual Evening of Recognition, on our website, and social media channels. Plus assistance with how to best communicate your success through your own channels.

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Reduce Carbon

There are four primary benefits, which member organizations continuously report, as they reduce their organizational carbon footprint: Operational Cost Savings, Enhanced Brand, Employee Attraction & Retention, and Risk Mitigation.

No matter what stage your organization is at in the sustainability journey, our process supports your increasing commitment to environmental responsibility.

Benefits of Reducing Carbon

Operational Cost Savings

With the cost of energy expected to rise, taking steps to identify energy savings now will also benefit cost savings in the future. Reducing energy consumption not only reduces carbon emissions, but also risk, including the risk of being vulnerable to unpredictable energy and gas costs.

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Enhanced Brand & Product

Now, more than ever, customers are choosing products and services that are provided by environmentally and socially responsible companies.

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Employee Attraction & Retention

92% of young workers would prefer to work for an environmentally concerned company. 77% of MBA students are willing to earn a reduced wage to work for a company with a sustainability policy.

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Advanced Risk Mitigation

Prepare for an economy where carbon is regulated through financial mechanisms (cap-and-trade, carbon tax, etc.). Quantifying the amount of emissions your company produces is the first step towards managing carbon emissions efficiently and identifying potential for reductions and savings.

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FAQs

  • Q: Is NSI a consulting firm?

    A: We are not a consulting firm. We are a non-profit organization. Our mandate is to continually engage and educate members and the Niagara community, rather than providing GHG reduction recommendations and walking away. Our goals are to help members:

    • Measure and reduce environmental impact
    • Connect with like-minded organizations and professionals
    • Establish sustainability and innovation-related knowledge
  • Q: What do I receive as a member of the Carbon Project?

    A: The Carbon Project provides sustainability-related information and know-how to organizations through training on how to use our carbon accounting software and assistance in determining what types of data are needed to quantify carbon emissions (utility bills, commuting distances and vehicle models, business vehicle fleet information, etc). Our members report increased sustainability expertise, better business practices and opportunities as a result of being a part of the Carbon Project. Learn how to:

    • Manage assets in a sustainable fashion
    • Lower operating costs
    • Lower greenhouse gas emissions

    Your organization will also get the recognition it deserves for acting as an environmental steward and community leader.

  • Q: What recognition will my organization receive?

    A: As a member in the Carbon Project, your organization will be celebrated as an environmental leader in our community.

    • Your organization’s logo will be displayed on our website
    • Sustainability efforts will be recognized in our Annual Report
    • Success stories will be celebrated at our annual Evening of Recognition, NSI events, and external community events that we participate in
  • Q: How much does it cost to join the Carbon Project?

    A: We offer cost-effective solutions to carbon management and sustainability for both small and large organizations. We work to continue to offer our annual fees at a minimum. As your organization increases in size, it’s more labour intensive for us to service your needs. Fees for members increase according to the number of employees and ranges from $520 to $5200 annually. Discounts are available for non-profit/charitable organizations and academic institutions.

  • Q: What are the benefits of managing carbon emissions?

    A: Carbon emissions result from many business activities, including business travel, commuting, water consumption, energy usage, waste, and others. Carbon management allows organizations to measure environmental impact in one consolidated metric – carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e). There are several benefits of managing and reducing CO2e:

    • Reduced energy/utility costs
    • Mitigate vulnerability to volatile energy prices
    • Brand enhancement
    • Reduced reputational risk
    • Attract and retain top talent
    • Enhance organizational innovation
  • Q: We’re a busy, small business. Will the Carbon Project benefit us?

    A: Absolutely! The Carbon Project is designed for organizations of all sizes. We realize that 98% of businesses in Canada have fewer than 100 employees. The amount of time for carbon management in the Carbon Project is about a few hours per month, but can increase with interest, event attendance, and the implementation of innovative carbon reduction strategies.

  • Q: Can we join the Carbon Project at anytime?

    A: Yes! Annual carbon reporting data for all members is due in February every year. If the data exists for previous years, we can use historical data to determine your carbon footprint from any of the three years prior to joining the Carbon Project.

  • Q: How do NSI events fit in?

    A: We host monthly events from September to June. Network with other like-minded, leading organizations and learn key practices to implement within your organization. Events feature engaging speakers who discuss topics relevant to organizations and individuals interested in learning about sustainable opportunities, trends, technologies, policies, regulations, strategies and more. NSI members can attend these events free-of-charge and non-members can attend for a modest fee.


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