Each organization's sustainability journey is unique to them. Through the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle Platform, the plan can be developed, tracked and shared with ease.
This free tourism sustainability program is helping tourism businesses incorporate sustainability into their operations and create a positive impact on our communities, the environment, and their bottom line.
This course (free through Coursera) has been developed by Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (RSM). It focuses on the role of businesses in achieving the SDGs. You will gain insights from leaders of international companies and academics in business and management who will guide you through the issue of how businesses can contribute to the SDGs.
Supporting local small and medium enterprises has multiple benefits - it reduces the carbon footprint of the good or service you are purchasing and it supports local businesses and employment. There are many places to increase your impact with local spending - your local farmers market is a great place to start but don't stop there!
Fair Trade is focused on building strong economies in partnership with producers, fostering thriving communities, and living within the limits of what our environment can sustain.
Water conservation is a valuable source of ‘new’ water that brings benefits to communities of all sizes. It can lighten the load on existing water sources and systems, increase the efficiency of local water use, and save utility money on treatment and distribution costs while protecting the environment and keeping water services affordable.
Charge North is a community-driven, collaborative program building an electric vehicle (EV) network across central and northern BC. The partnership developed between Charge North communities demonstrates collaborative leadership on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation while supporting economic development and enhancing tourism opportunities.
PlugShare - EV Travel Planning Map
Sustainable purchasing considers the environmental, social and economic impacts of the purchase. Whether it's goods or services, applying a lens to all purchases that considers these things, as well as the suppliers' commitment to sustainable practices, helps everyone on the sustainability journey.
Our land and water are being affected by invasive species. We are all stewards of our region, and all of us play a role in ensuring that our environment, people, and economy are protected.
The Invasive Species Council of BC has a tourism-specific program and BC Parks have resources to help with the identification, management and extraction of these species in our ecosystem.
Creating decent work conditions in the tourism sector is not without it's challenges. go2HR is the BC's tourism and hospitality industry organization providing programs and services that support growth and success through human resources, health & safety, and training. They also offer a wealth of mental well-being resources, to support the people who keep our people businesses operational.
Keeping your staff happy is a big job and understanding their career aspirations can set the stages for a win-win in your operations, providing your organizations with increased capacity through personnel development while creating loyalty with your staff through your investment in their skills and experience.
The NBCTA takes this seriously and is sharing their employee development plan template.
Creating gender-equal working conditions that promote female empowerment is a priority of the UN Sustainabile Development Goals. To support this, go2HR, supported by Justice Canada, created Safer Spaces, a three-year initiative
that includes free online training targeted to employers and supervisors. Grounded in storytelling, the course aims to establish an emotional connection with participants, calling attention to the topic of workplace sexual harassment in tourism and hospitality while introducing resources and information to help prevent it. The self-paced course was designed for employers and supervisors, and takes place entirely online.
Communities and places which are planned and designed to accommodate all of its citizens and visitors celebrates potential, quality of life, and diversity of ability. Such communities and places also reaps social and financial benefits when citizens and visitors can enter businesses, cross streets, attend games and concerts, or participate in outdoor recreation.
Sustainability is no longer a “nice-to-have" feature but rather has turned into “table stakes” — especially for the meetings and events industry. This means that decision makers and planners are faced with a challenging balancing act that involves designing in-person events that are sustainable, inclusive and meaningful, while also keeping costs down and attendees satisfied.
Northern BC’s is rich with a variety of wildlife that attracts visitors from around the world. Protecting this life on land ensure an ongoing attraction for the region and exploring the region to see this wildlife requires special considerations. BC Parks has put together some wildlife guidelines and safety protocols to help keep our wildlife and visitors safe.
Taking action toward creating more sustainable and regenerative tourism options is crucial for addressing some of the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges of our time.
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a useful framework for incorporating sustainable tourism efforts. Committing to one or two goals is enough to drive change!
By implementing effective strategies to reduce and mitigate the carbon footprint of tourism and promote sustainable practices in the industry, we can encourage people to think about the planet when making travel decisions.
Energy management is an essential component of sustainable tourism. It can minimize tourism's environmental impacts, reduce operating costs, and enhance visitor experiences. However, there is no one size fits all.
Sustainable water management practices safeguard our planet's vital water resources and ensure that tourism does not threaten freshwater ecosystem health or community access to potable water. Conscientious water usage provides numerous benefits to the tourism industry
Proper waste management reduces the impacts of waste on human health, the environment, and the economy. The tourism industry can have a signifcant impact on waste generation. In fact, visitors often consume more resources than locals, producing up to twice as much waste as a local resident in some areas.
Responsible sourcing of products and services minimizes environmental and social impacts and keeps money circulating in the local communities. By adopting responsible purchasing practices, tourism businesses can reduce their environmental footprint and support local communities.
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