Newsletter, May 2022

May Updates From GreenStep Sustainable Tourism

WELCOMING NEW SUSTAINABLE TOURISM MEMBERS

Culinary Tourism Alliance, Toronto, ON
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
Northern Lights Resort & Spa, Whitehorse, YK
Pinawa Channel Float & Paddle, Pinawa, MB
Somewhere Inn Calabogie, Calabogie, ON

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.

Forest Fit
Garden Path Homemade Soap
Girl about the Globe
Hammond Hill
Huntingdon Manor Hotel
Kingston Accommodation Partners
Northern Lights Resort & Spa
Owl Rafting
Pinawa Channel Float & Paddle
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

CELEBRATING TOURISM WEEK

Tourism Week in Canada is back again May 29 – June 4, 2022, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is recognizing the resilience of the industry throughout this unprecedented time. With border restrictions eliminated and travel top of mind this summer, there’s no better time to highlight the people, places, experiences, and events that make your community unique than during Tourism Week 2022. #GreenMeansGo

TIAC Tookit for Industry
Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC) Toolkit

 

GREENSTEP IN THE NEWS

Canadian Travel Press: A Conversation With GreenStep Solutions CEO Angela Nagy

In this issue of Canadian Travel Press, Angela Nagy, CEO of GreenStep Solutions observes that: “Over the past decade or two, there have been many terms used to describe tourism that is better for people and the environment.” Read the full interview for answers to commonly asked questions in the sustainability sector.

 

GreenStep Is Defining Innovation For A Better Future
Thank you to Accelerate Okanagan for this engaging feature on GreenStep’s company origins, its mission, and the “why” behind the “how” of sustainability.

We are fortunate to partner with businesses across several industries, as we work towards a common goal, to reduce and mitigate the impacts of operating a business in a world affected by climate change. Read the full feature for more insight into GreenStep’s work.

Chatelaine: “I’m A Travel Writer Who Stopped Flying During the Pandemic. Can I Keep It Up For The Climate?”

Angela Nagy recently chatted with Kat Tancock, a travel writer who is looking into the impacts of flying on climate change. For a break down of the numbers and some changes in travel behavior that can help to mitigate these impacts, have a read through the full article.

FortisBC and GreenStep Solutions Team Up

FortisBC is working with GreenStep Solutions to provide small and medium-sized businesses with free customized energy advice to increase awareness of energy saving behaviors and rebate programs that could help reduce their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and costs in their operations.

SUSTAINABILITY RESOURCES

  • Gender Inclusive Strategy for Tourism Businesses: These guidelines support tourism businesses of all types and sizes to achieve effective and consistent strategies and programs for gender equality across their operations.
  • Indigenous Tourism BC has developed a guide for developing tourism and media relationships in Indigenous Communities, with ten considerations and tips that can help you successfully navigate the long-held traditions of relationship building and protocols of respect.
  • Fortis BC Renewable Natural Gas Calculator: Did you know you can designate a percentage of your natural gas usage towards Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), which is derived from biogas? Use this calculator to determine the potenial GHG reduction (tonnes of CO2e) and changes in your annual premium when switching to different blends of RNG.

UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS

CONFERENCES

Travel and Tourism Research Association 2022 Annual International Conference

Hosted by: Travel & Tourism Research Association
Date: June 13 – 16, 2022
Location: Victoria, BC
Details: The theme of the TTRA 2022 conference is Regenerative Tourism: Building Resilience. The conference will focus on recovering efforts of the global tourism and hospitality industry and communities to regenerate tourism in the post-pandemic era and at the same time to increase resilience to crises, sustain resources, and distribute more fairly tourism benefits.

WEBINARS

How to Create Authentic and Transformative Land Acknowledgements
Hosted by: Small Business BC
Where: Online
Date: June 17, 10am – 12pm PST

Join Erika Doehring, Gwich’in granddaughter, Sandlanee Gid, Daughter of the Dawn, and Mya Bordeau for an interactive workshop to reflect on our relationship to our location while we strengthen our connections to the land, ourselves, and each other.

Building Inclusive Tourism: Monthly Series
Hosted by: Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
Where: Online
Dates: Ongoing

TIAO is hosting monthly lunch-and-learn webinars to help build diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the tourism industry. The sessions are unique and open to all learners to help build inclusive tourism for all.

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Diversity & Inclusion Training
Hosted by: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Where: In-Person & Online
Dates: Ongoing

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is one of Canada’s busiest and most sought-after events platforms, with more than 100 events annually. Ongoing offerings include ESG FundamentalsFoundations in Diversity and Inclusion CertificateAchieving the Triple Bottom Line (Finance & Investment), and Gender in the Workplace.

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