Suds and Sustainability in the Craft Beer Market

Are craft beer companies really more sustainable?

Great article on craft beer and sustainability by Corporate Knights. Craft brewers are beginning to come around on shrinking environmental footprints and focusing attention on sustainability.  

Planning Perspectives on Pandemics & Sustainability


How has the pandemic changed our world and what roles can and should planners be playing in our preparedness for and response to pandemics? These are timely questions addressed in a recent article (PDF link above) from PLAN North West of the Alberta Professional Planners Institute.  

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Sustainability North Moves East!

After promoting and supporting sustainability initiatives in Alberta for the past five years, our practice has moved to Mahone Bay – one of the most popular coastal destinations on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. With its connection to the land and sea, Nova Scotia is among the most progressive and early adopters of going green.

Following more than four centuries of early settlement by the French, British and Germans, Mahone Bay is an excellent example of a community that has evolved and sustained its ocean side resource bounty, culture, traditional heritage and colourful architecture over time.

Sustainability North looks forward to sharing its knowledge, serving new clients and extending sustainability success throughout the Maritimes.

National elections, assemblies at the United Nations, youth rallies around the world and wildfires in California all signal winds of change calling for action on climate change and sustainability. At the same time, there is a compelling imperative for economic stimulus to enable some regions and many resource dependent communities to sustain themselves. Now more than ever, professionals need to come together to build capacity and seek new approaches to bring about objective plans for change, sustainability and value creation now and into the future. Join your colleagues in Chicago, Dec. 9-12th for the first and very timely #GlobalCongress aimed at advancing professional practice to merge these causes for better collective outcomes. Save the date and register now. 

Sustainability North to attend #GPS2019 next week!

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Innovating Business Strategies: Moving Beyond Sustainability Reporting

ISSP Alberta Chapter Event

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Alberta SDG Network

Although there are multiple standards and frameworks that address triple bottom line performance, the strategies, goals and actions to achieve change and corresponding value often fall short. This event will feature an interactive session led by sustainability experts Ronald Morrison from Sustainability North, Colin Grant from FigBytes, and Mel Wilson from the Alberta SDG Network, who will share their insight into 21st century business strategy and software technology at the organization and local planning levels.

Attendees will be led through a live demonstration that will result in a strategic sustainability ‘model’. With your participation, the exercise will show how easy, strategic and engaging, communicating sustainability can be.

Key Takeaways

  • Corporate progress at different scales on sustainability goals and reporting – where information constraints lie in advancing and understanding sustainability strategy and plans.
  • How to move beyond previous approaches of communicating sustainability (PowerPoint, Excel, Word and PDFs) to connect business strategy, performance measures and brand, and better track and understand sustainability progress.
  • Innovative 21st century software technology that can integrate sustainability data into core business models to enhance culture, strategic planning, materiality focus, performance and brand.
Prairie Dog

March 20, 2019 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Prairie Dog Brewing  105D 58 Ave SE Calgary (one block from the 58th St. LRT)

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Sustainability North Presents at 2018 Alberta Small Brewers Convention


With more than 500 people that attended and over 300 Alberta craft beers entered in the awards competition, the convention was a huge success. As Alberta looks to diversify its economy, the craft beer industry, which has doubled its size over the past two years with almost 80 breweries, is working to be a contributor. Water, waste and energy are key elements in the sustainability equation that can play a key role in improving the bottom line, reducing environmental footprints and attracting customers.

Fifty Shades of Green in Craft Beer

Shocks to Canada’s Natural Resource Sector

Major natural resources projects continue to be scuttled by government and the courts. We are overdue to more carefully consider a better balance, symmetry aside, of natural resource benefits and natural capital for a broader cross section of our a CDN populace. Read more

The Why and How of Sustainability in your Brewery’s Brand

We recently ran a brief poll to evaluate the level of awareness and application of sustainability in the craft beer industry. Participants provided valuable insight to better enable craft brewery operations to advance sustainability into the future. A sampling of the results from the ten questions are presented in: Fifty Shades of Green in Craft Beer


Struggling to get buy-in for sustainability in your organization?


Then this seminar is for you – The Business Case for Sustainability with Bob Willard. May 29, 2017 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Innovate Calgary, 3553-31 Street NW, Calgary The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) Alberta is pleased to present this unique opportunity to come out to hear one of Canada’s foremost authorities on corporate sustainability. The seminar will review the principles in building a business case for sustainability and lend a first-hand introduction of Bob Willard’s online ‘Sustainability ROI Workbook’. The learning objective for the event is to develop a better understanding of the compelling business reasons for sustainability to support the need for corporate action on environmental and social issues, while improving upon financial performance of a company. Learn More and Register