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Last night GreenHeroes producers Joan Prowse and John Bessai attended the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Awards ceremony.

Hosted by Greenliving Enterprises, a company that markets green programs, products and services and is a partner of GreenHeroes, the Awards honours leaders in corporate social responsibility — an initiative businesses often take to use their influence and power for social and often environmental good.

This year the Outstanding Achievement Award was added to the awards roster and given posthumously to Ray Anderson, former founder and chairman of carpet manufacturer Interface Inc. and pioneer in corporate sustainability.

We featured Ray in a GreenHeroes video last year. Watch it to learn more about his work.

Ray’s daughter was present at the event. She accepted the award on his behalf and read a touching poem called “Tomorrow’s Child.”

John and Joan were fortunate to be seated at the same table as two of the events’ award winners: Jennifer Williams, CEO of La Siembra Co-Operative, a company that offers free-trade and organic products who won a Small Business Award and the volunteer environmental team from Steam Whistle Brewing who won a Medium Business Award for Steamwhistle’s green manufacturing process.

Another of one of our GreenHeroes was honoured last night. Tom Heintzman, Co-Founder and President of Bullfrog Power, a Canadian provider of 100% green energy, won a Medium Business Award for his leadership in greening the energy marketplace in Canada.

Watch our video to learn more about Tom’s work.

For a full listing of last night’s winners and information on their work, check out the GreenLiving website.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to GreenLiving for a great night!

In memory of Ray Anderson (1934-2011), GreenHeroes has republished its posts that were inspired by his accomplishments and his campaign to conquer Mount Sustainability.


Ray Anderson’s challenge for businesses to join him in the climb up Mount Sustainability includes a commitment to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy which is step 3.

Nissan Canada is an example of a company that now powers its head office with 100 per cent locally produced renewable electricity.

They use the generators of a company called Bullfrog Power which injects renewable electricity onto the regional grid to match the amount of power the car company’s head office uses.

In the province of Ontario, Bullfrog’s electricity comes from local wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada. Across all of Canada, Bullfrog Power uses the collective demand of its customers to help support the development of new renewable generation.

This video explains more about how Bullfrog uses renewable energy to support the energy demands of businesses and consumers in Canada and is an example of a source people can connect with to scale Ray’s 3rd face of Mount Sustainability.

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Read GreenHeroes’ blog posts inspired by the rest of the steps of Ray Anderson’s Mount Sustainability.

Step 4: Closing the Loop

Step 5: Resource-Efficient Transportation

Step 6: Sensitizing Stakeholders

Step 7: Redesigning Commerce

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, scale the sustainability mountain. Share your story of how you’re scaling the sustainability mountain by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

More and more event organizers are choosing to reduce their environmental impact by bullfrogpowering their events with 100% green electricity. Any event in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island that draws electricity from the grid can become bullfrogpowered.

The 3rd Annual Earth Run/Walk, Run for Your Planet, started in April and is taking place throughout June. It encourages people to look for ways to lead a healthier lifestyle. You can join a run or do it independently as a virtual runner. There are several benefiting local organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation.

Canada’s west coast goes green with several events this month. EAT Vancouver is a food and cooking festival that launches today and runs until June 12th. LOVE Vancouver, Love Your Planet is a free green arts, music and lifestyle festival in the False Creek seawall and the Olympic Village. It not only entertains though music and art, but aims to bring people together and collaborate to creating new ideas and means to leading a greener lifestyle.

The CSA Standards 2011 Annual Conference & Committee Week taking place in Victoria, B.C.  June 12th-17th,  brings together the leading industry professionals, government delegates and consumer representatives to help lay the stepping stones for sustainable practices. Back in Toronto, the Canadian Water Summit 2011 is taking place on June 14th to collaborate and develop solutions for a sustainable water future.

Ever wondered what kinds of energy efficient households are out there? Learn more about Edmonton’s EcoSolar Home Tour will open the doors to ten houses that explore the possibilities. From ‘net zero’ homes that generate more power than they use, to geothermal heat and solar electric systems, you are bound to have quite an educational experience!

Last but certainly not least, check out Edmonton’s first Summer Solstice Cultural Celebration with the Utopia Music Festival. Wearing the banner of unity, diversity and love, it brings together a varied collection of musicians from different musical backgrounds. Takes place on June 17th and 18th!

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