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3rd Annual Greening Government Conference is approaching quickly!

Our 3rd Annual Greening Government Conference is approaching quickly, just over a month away.  Have you registered yet?!  If not be sure to soon as spots are going fast.  We’ve also got some great new speakers such as Jim Hoggan, Chair at the David Suzuki Foundation, Gordon Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Toby Heaps, President and Founder of Corporate Knights and many more!  To stay up-to-date on Greening Government Conference news you can follow us on Twitter @NCMGOVEVENTS.

3rd Annual Greening Government Conference & Tradeshow taking place October 16-17, 2012 at the St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre Tornto

We are very pleased with the delegate feedback from our past events and after carefully reviewing the responses we have worked diligently on putting together another faculty of keynote speakers and topics that address the current challenges, goals and solutions of greening initiatives. Our goal is to provide a forum for all levels of government and suppliers from across Canada to discuss and exchange information on current and future internal greening initiatives. Please visit our website www.greeninggovernment.ca  to view video clips and testimonials of the previous conference.

REGISTER BEFORE MAY 31th TO SAVE $300

OFF THE REGULAR CONFERENCE PRICE

Greening Government Ottawa Conference taking place November 29-30, 2011 at the National Arts Centre

After a succesful Greening Government conference that took place in June 2011 we have decided to a host an event in Ottawa.  This new program will include longer networking  breaks, interactive panel discussions and break out sessions.  Register before October 1st and save $200.00 off the regular conference  price.
 
Key topics to addressed include:
  • Updates on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy – Implementation and Targets
  • Green Procurement – Sustainable Return on Investment, Assessing Suppliers
  • Staff Engagement and Employee Behaviour – Best Practices for Implementing a Green Team including Motivation Techniques & Strategies
  • Behavioural Change Strategies – Using Technology and Social Marketing
  • Sustainable Building Design and Infrastructure
  • Green Fleet and Transportation Programs

 

For further information please vist the conferece website at www.greeninggovernment.ca or contact Conference Project Director Jennifer Monteverde at 416-241-4000 ext 267

 
 

New to the NCM Group: Public Infrastructure magazine

As we know, all too well, Canada’s infrastructure is in terrible shape. In February of 2009, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnership interviewed Mr. Saeed Mirza, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University.  In what Professor Mirza called a very serious problem, he noted that about 60% of all our municipal infrastructure is over 55 years old.  He also noted that about 30% of the entire infrastructure in Canada is more than 85 years old.

All levels of Governments, especially municipalities will need as much information as possible on the new products, services and systems available to repair and rebuild our aging infrastructure.  This is where Public Infrastructure magazine can help.

Starting with the May/June 2010 issue, Public Infrastructure will publish a bi-monthly magazine that will reach every Canadian municipality along with consulting engineers who focus on municipal infrastructure.

The first issue will feature editorial on; Building Science, Vertical Farms, Green Roofs, the benefits of sharing Geospatial Data and the future of  Public Private Partnerships,  to name a few.

For more information on Public Infrastructure magazine please contact Tom Monson, Publisher at; Email tom@govpages.ca or 416-241-4000 Ext. 223

And don’t forget to check out our first issue!!

Greening Christmas

The holidays are just around the corner. And it’s one time of the year that extravagant consumption is encouraged without having to feel guilty because you are giving and spending time with family. It is also one time of the year that you do not have to think about the environment because it is a tradition to decorate your home with pine trees, send out greeting cards, and wrap dozens of presents with pretty and not so eco-friendly wrapping paper.

Well maybe it’s time to slightly improve the traditional ways that may create tons of waste during the holiday season. Christmas is a time of year to relax and give to loved ones, but it is also a time of year to be thankful to our planet and give back a little to the environment. How proud we would feel giving an amazing gift in an amazing recyclable wrapping paper. Why not send an electronic cards to computer savvy users. Or crafty made out of old clothing material, beads and buttons greetings for the grandparents and those used to traditional ways. How about using eco-efficient led lights for your home decorations, or simply lighting up old-fashioned candles to set the mood for a relaxing and enjoyable time. There are tons of ways we could help- or at least not damage the earth further- this holiday season. Just choose one or two ways and see how much brighter your holiday season can get.

Any more creative ideas on how to go green this Christmas? Please reply and let us know!

What are you doing?

We would love to know what you are doing to help the environment. We have created an Eco-efficiency survey that will allow you to evaluate your current practices and show us and the governments that you are considering the environment in your future business development. We encourage everyone to participate in the survey, for your own benefit if anything.

Click HERE to go to survey

Speaking of Climate Change…

…and taking action, the Copenhagen Summit that just took place in Denmark focused on cut in greenhouse gas emissions. There was some disagreement between the developed and developing world, but all in all focus on emission cuts and saving the planet overcame any other minor discrepancies. The summit started with a very interesting plea from the children, which can be seen at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8398510.stm. And since Kyoto expires in 2012, leaders recognize the need for an additional agreement.

Our Green Government

So what is Canadian Government doing to aid in sustainable development and reduce environmentally exhausting resources? Well here is one thing: The Policy on  Green Procurement.

Recognizing their purchasing power, the Canadian government also recognizes its ability to have a positive impact on the market economy and its purchasing decision.Trhough the policy, the government can demonstrate real leadership and encourage corporations to engage in greening practices.   If you don’t already know about the Policy of  Green Procurement or Government-wide Green Procurement training Campusdirect, not to worry, you can click Green Procurement and find out more.

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And a little bit about our people and values, so you know what we’re all about:

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The last, but definitely not the least important: Our products

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NCM GOVPAGES: government supplier directory: a hard copy and CD-ROM bilingual directory of over 50,000 registered government suppliers. It has been designed using direct input from various types of government users. Using government sole sourcing guidelines each product and service classification has a minimum of three vendors listed. As an added value service to government NCM is researching and highlighting companies who have current standing offers and agreements.  Furthermore, NCM is implementing an eco-efficiency icon, which will classify companies that are working towards reducing their environmental footprint.

Front Cover of our GOVPAGES directory

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