The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.
Together with our membership of over 1600 industry organizations involved in designing, building and operating buildings, homes and communities, the Council has made excellent inroads toward achieving our mission of reducing the environmental impact of the built environment.
Over the past decade, we have successfully advocated for green building policies with all levels of governments and the private sector across Canada. As a result of this advocacy and the hard work of our members, thousands of commercial and government buildings, schools, homes, community centres and historical structures have been retrofitted or newly constructed to green building standards. The Council also educated 20,000 green professionals to answer the demand for knowledge and jobs this new green marketplace created.
Yet, we all know that there is much more work to be done.
Buildings generate about 35 per cent all of greenhouse gases, 35 per cent of landfill waste comes from construction and demolition activities, and 80 per cent of all water is consumed in and around buildings. It is critical we broaden our scope to make a larger impact on these numbers.
That is why we are striving to make Every Building Greener. We believe that we must look beyond new buildings to the existing building stock, and beyond individual buildings to neighbourhood and community solutions. Leveraging the green building knowledge and expertise of our national membership network and Chapters, a community scale approach will enable even more significant steps to be made toward creating long term sustainable solutions for Canadian cities.
With every building greener, one day every Canadian will have environmentally responsible, economically profitable and healthy places in which to live and work.
For more on the CaGBC’s history, click here to read the Canadian Journal of Green Building and Design’s special CaGBC tenth anniversary commemorative issue that was released in June 2012.
CaGBC National Sponsorship program
The CaGBC works closely with its membership, partners and other stakeholders in many ways to achieve our goal to make every building greener.
This is why we have recently launched a brand new CaGBC National Sponsorship program, aimed at providing our supporters with some fantastic opportunities to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.
For more information view the Sponsorship Prospectus now. To discuss potential options for your organization or for further questions, you may also call Sarah Burns, VP of Communications and Marketing at 613-288-8097, or by email.