March 6, 2012
Calendar of Events
6 & 7
CaGBC National Conference & Expo 2012 - Toronto
Positive Impact - Downtown District Energy
Annual General Meeting
5:30 pm Registration & Networking
5:30 - 6:15 pm Annual General Meeting
6:15 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 pm District Energy presentation
8:00 - 8:30 pm Networking
The Kanahoff Centre
Suite 200, 1202 Centre Street SE
(via video link)
event including dinner
Alberta Chapter Members - $40
Non Members - $50
AGM Only - no dinner or presentation - no charge
Social Responsibility in the
March 22 7:30 am -
Edmonton Click here to register
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a competitive advantage for any organization. Due to rapid resource consumption and increasing global inequity, organizations are increasingly expected to take responsibility for their environmental, social, and economic impacts. As clients, employees, and investors demand greater transparency on these issues, an organization’s CSR performance is becoming more critical.
This presentation will give an introduction to CSR, highlight emerging trends, and outline some examples of current best practices in the global design industry. We will discuss how the design industry can positively impact society not only by the designs it creates, but also by the way that design organizations operate and by how they engage with their stakeholders, such as their employees and the communities in which they operate. Through consideration of CSR issues, design organizations and professionals can increase their positive impact on the world.
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am Presentation
Franceschini, B.Sc., EPt, LEED AP, LEAD Fellow
Laura is the sustainability coordinator for Stantec, a global design consulting firm. She completed her B.Sc. and BA at the University of Alberta, and she also holds a post-graduate diploma in environment from McGill University. Since launching Stantec’s corporate sustainability program in 2006, she has developed and implemented a variety of initiatives to make its operational policies, procedures, and practices more environmentally and socially responsible. This has contributed to Stantec winning several awards, including Canada’s Greenest Employers and Canada’s Most Socially Responsible Corporations.
Laura authored a discussion paper for the City of Edmonton’s The Way We Green environmental strategic plan and served as a jury member for the Ukraine National CSR Case Contest. She is actively involved in her community and is the co-founder and vice chapter leader of the Net Impact Edmonton Professional Chapter, a group for professionals interested in CSR. She is committed to helping clients transition sustainability challenges into market opportunities.
Beresford, B.Sc., EPt, GHG-V
Julia joined Williams Engineering Canada Inc. in January 2008. She is a graduate of Acadia University. Julia began as an environmental consultant, working on environmental site assessments, hazardous material inspections, and remediation projects. Julia's strong commitment to making a positive environmental impact and her knowledge of the current environmental opportunities led her to her current position of Sustainability Lead.
As Sustainability Lead she is involved with internal sustainability initiatives as well as bringing sustainability opportunities to our clients. She is currently developing our environmental services while helping the company become more sustainable. She has training in GHG inventories (ISO 14064-1), projects (ISO 14064-2) and verification (ISO 14064-3).
Edmonton Public Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
|Price:||Alberta Chapter - CaGBC
EGB/Student Members: $25.00 (please email)
GBCI Continuing Education: 1 CE hour - live presentation
of Alberta webinars
Planning for a sustainable workforce
Alberta is projecting a labour shortage. Learn how you can hire and retain temporary skilled foreign workers to help plan for a sustainable workforce. Register online to attend one of two webinars hosted by the Government of Alberta on April 11th and April 18th.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened the third public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building rating system, coined LEED 2012. The comment period, which will close on March 20, 2012, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development of the LEED program. Comments will be welcomed on any substantive changes made since the second public comment period (Summer 2011).
The Canadian rating system requirements must closely match those established by the USGBC. It is therefore important that Canadians participate fully in the USGBC public comment process.
For a quick overview of some of the key proposed changes, read this article from LEEDuser. We strongly encourage all Canadians interested in the continued success of LEED to have their voices heard as well!
To view previous LEED Bulletins and Technical Bulletins, please visit the CaGBC website.
News & Views is the biweekly e-blast of the Alberta Chapter, Canada Green Building Council.
Do you have a short submission you would like included or websites you would like to share? E-mail Tanya Doran, Executive Director.