July Updates from GreenStep Sustainable Tourism
NEW SUSTAINABLE TOURISM 2030 PLEDGE SIGNATORIES
The Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge is a global movement of individuals, businesses, and organizations within the tourism and hospitality industry that believe tourism has a tremendous opportunity to become a force for good and change the world.
Take the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge here.
WELCOMING EMILY CLARK TO THE GREENSTEP TEAM
Emily Clark –
Sustainability Marketing & Communications Coordinator
As the Sustainability Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Emily works to develop marketing ideas and strategies to increase and promote awareness of GreenStep’s programs and services.
Joining GreenStep from the East Coast of Canada, Emily brings 6+ years of graphic design and marketing experience to our team.
BEST FOR THE WORLD 2022
We are incredibly excited to announce that we have been recognized as one of the Best for the World™ B Corps of 2022! This means that out of 5,000 Certified B Corporations worldwide, we scored in the top 5% in the Environment Impact area.
We owe our success to all of our partners and clients that we’ve worked with over the years, and our continued commitment towards this area has paved the way towards this achievement.
We’re so proud to be recognized as Best For The Environment and a part of the global #BCorp community.
PLASTIC FREE JULY
Are you taking part in Plastic Free July®?
Plastic Free July is a global movement encouraging people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution.
How can you contribute? Choose to refuse single-use plastics. Avoid single-use plastic packaging. Say no to takeaway items (bags, bottles, straws and cups).
Or be daring and go completely “plastic free”!
FROM OUR BLOG:
Read about how Spirit of the West Adventures – a Sustainable Tourism Certified member – a sea kayaking operator based out of Vancouver Island, collected over 100,000 pounds of debris during their Marine Debris Clean-Up this past December. Read the full blog post here.
EAGLE WING TOURS WINS INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AWARD
This month GreenStep member, Eagle Wing Tours received an international award for their marine education and outreach initiatives.
The award honours “outstanding work and leadership by an organization or business in any aspect of marine education at the local, regional or national level.”
Congratulations Eagle Wing! Read the full article here.
2022 CANADIAN TOURISM AWARDS
The Canadian Tourism Awards are presented annually by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) to recognize success, leadership, and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry. Any Canadian tourism-related product, business, association, initiative, or service that occurred from July 31, 2021 to September 1, 2022 is eligible.
1 of 9 award categories is the:
Canada Sustainable Tourism Award
The Sustainable Tourism Award will be presented to an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the practice and promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism in Canada.
The criteria for this category is as follows:
- Protects and preserves natural and cultural heritage resources (20%)
- Fosters appreciation and enjoyment of natural and cultural heritage resources (15%)
- Raises awareness among visitors and influences them to enjoy resources sustainably (20%)
- Mitigates negative impacts of tourism on the natural and cultural environment (15%)
- Respects, involves, and engages other stakeholders and host communities (15%)
- Fosters a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (15%)
Nomination deadline: September 19, 2022
TIAO RESILIENCY AWARDS
“Resiliency is in our Tourism Industry’s DNA”
The Ontario Resiliency Awards were created to recognize those in the tourism industry that have shown resiliency, gained inspiration from others and look towards rebuilding.
Awards will be presented by business category in each of the following three areas: Collaboration, Innovation and Sustainability.
The criteria for the Sustainability Award is as follows:
- For activities between January 1 – December 31, 2021
- Recognizing businesses within the tourism industry who have demonstrated sustainable practices/initiatives along with support for their local communities, during the pandemic.
- Should have a holistic approach to sustainability (not just environmental) – human, economic, etc.
- Focus on local Ontario products and service providers
- Provide examples of how diversity, equity and inclusion was considered and implemented with this innovation
Nominations close at noon on September 7, 2022.
Begin the nomination process here.
How to Access Energy Savings for Tourism Companies
Thursday, July 28, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Together with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), we look forward to hosting a webinar to share how tourism companies can reduce costs and save energy through energy efficiency measures.
Geared towards tourism businesses in the TOTA region, this webinar will assist tourism operators in understanding the energy audit process and how to reduce their energy bills and overall carbon footprint.
Facilitated by TOTA’s Energy Analyst, Harshit Srivastava and GreenStep’s Energy Advisor, Razzaq Mohammed, this webinar will cover the following:
- TOTA and GreenStep’s Energy Savings Program.
- Process of an energy assessment and energy audit.
- Areas where energy consumption can be reduced by implementing energy efficient equipment.
- Some low cost and no cost energy efficiency measures to reduce your energy bills.
SUSTAINABILITY STORYTELLING COMPETITION
Are you an industry change-maker or sustainable tourism leader?
The GLP Sustainability Storytelling Competition is calling on YOU to share your sustainability story with the world.
Submit your story for the chance to win the grand prize: a pro bono carbon-neutral GLP video production and global distribution package.
Deadline to submit is July 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm (EST)
UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS
Hosted by: Tourism Cares
Date: September 28 – 30, 2022
Location: Victoria, BC
Details: The Meaningful Travel Summit is an event connecting industry professionals with local changemakers in places around North America. By coming together in-destination, we action and actualize the power of travel. Our goal is to learn from one another, infuse more sustainability into our businesses with the knowledge we’ve gained and roll up our sleeves to volunteer in and with the local community.