A forest canopy.

Nine CSI members making the Earth a little greener

This Earth Day, we’re highlighting the work of nine CSI members who are putting the planet first.

The world’s ancient and endangered forests are being logged at an alarming rate, putting species, communities and our climate at risk. Canopy works with the forest industry’s biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that protect these last frontier forest. Best known for greening the Harry Potter book series globally, Canopy catalyzes the development of tangible alternatives and is a key player behind some of the world’s most innovative conservation initiatives.

Evergeen is working to create cities that are low carbon, inclusive to all and sustainable at their core. Cities to live, move, work, play, learn and thrive in. Working with other city builders, they convene, collaborate and catalyze ideas into action. Through their award-winning suite of programs, they have actively engaged Canadians in creating and sustaining healthy urban environments in our schools, our public spaces, in housing and transit systems, and communities themselves.

350 is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.

Ecotone Software Consulting transforms your company’s enterprise data into actionable sustainability strategies. They provide Customer Relationship Management solutions with a focus on clients in the cleantech sector to better manage their marketing and sales processes. Their mission is to enable clients to achieve their sustainability goals by leveraging people, process, and technology. They strive toward a net zero environmental footprint from their operations and work to make a positive contribution to their communities.

Giving up a car for a bike goes a long way to reduce your carbon footprint. CycleTO is a member-supported not-for-profit organization that works to make Toronto a healthy, safe and vibrant cycling city for all. They are focused on advocacy, education and encouragement, as they work to shape policy and infrastructure, and build community to transform our city’s cycling culture. They engage a diversity of people in their work, pursuing evidence-based solutions that make cycling a viable option for all Torontonians.

Bluesource works with companies, governments and NGOs to reduce and mitigate environmental impacts. They develop projects that create land, water and climate benefits. They use strategic partnerships, finance, innovation and markets to achieve these goals. They are a market-maker, an advisor and a capital source for environmental markets. For over 20 years, Bluesource has been a leader in climate change and low carbon environmental products and services starting with its first transaction in 1996; the capture and large scale sequestration of vent-stack carbon dioxide. Today, they create emission reductions from over 20 different technologies in over 85 locations across 46 states and 4 Canadian provinces.

Water Docs
Rather than resorting to doom and gloom and guilt to move people, Ecologos appeals to their fundamental connection to nature. Their programs reconnect people with these deeply felt experiences, and nourish a commitment to action for a sustainable future. Best known for their annual Water Docs Film Festival, Ecologos has been delivering environmental education and action programs since 1999. These include Water Docs @ School Action Projects, Water Hour, Stop the Mega Quarry and their newest, the Ontario 150 Great Lakes Water Walk and Celebration.

Tool Library
Reusing and recycling are great, but reduction is a crucial part of minimizing our carbon footprint. Sharing tools with others means not needing to buy them for yourself. The Toronto Tool Library loans specialized tools to community members with all skill levels welcomed. Over 40 tool libraries have been established in North America since 1979. Local tool libraries reduce the costs of improving and greening neighbourhoods, thereby transforming homes and community spaces into vibrant places that reflect a commitment to sustainability and environmental concern.

Architect Builders Collaborative
The Architect Builders Collaborative is a group of Architects and Designers in Toronto, who want to change the world one office or home at a time. They help non-profits and homeowners transform their spaces into beautiful, healthy, green spaces in which to enjoy life and work. They work closely with their clients to bring dreams to life in the healthiest and most eco-sensitive way possible. They provide green renovation and design services in The Greater Toronto Area, Guelph, Elora, Fergus and the surrounding areas.