Photo: Spring into action by greening your workplace

David Suzuki Ambassadors – Toronto (Credit: Brendan Fenn).

By Aryne Sheppard, Manager of Community Leadership

With spring at our doorstep and Earth Day right around the corner, many Canadians are looking for ways to green their lifestyle, at home, work and play. And for most of us working stiffs, while home and play are where we would rather focus our energy, we spend a majority of our waking hours tethered to our desk at work.

Much of the eco-attention in popular media focuses on how to buy green or greening our homes — from efficient appliances and light bulbs to insulating your attic. However, our workplaces often generate more waste than our households, and use incredible amounts of energy. Thus, they are ripe for greening.

To lighten the load, the David Suzuki Foundation has hooked up with a team of amazing volunteers across the country that are helping to spread the gospel of the green office. Our David Suzuki at Work Ambassadors include volunteers selected from diverse backgrounds that span the gamut from Main Street to Bay Street. They are trained to facilitate workshops on the many simple steps companies and organizations can take to reduce their ecological footprint — and often reduce costs.

The workshops are free, but all of our Ambassadors are volunteers (they have day jobs too!), so we encourage interested folks to schedule a workshop well in advance.

For more information on the David Suzuki at Work program and how to book an Ambassador for your workplace, please visit our website or contact Siri Kramps at 1-800-453-1533, ext. 1279.

greening-gov-logo.jpgIf you are working in government, you might also be interested in attending the second annual Greening Government conference taking place at the Toronto Board of Trade on May 31 — June 1, 2011. Delegates will learn more about what agencies across the country are doing to green their operations.

Here's wishing you and your colleagues a happy spring and a bright green Earth Day (It is Friday April 22nd, by the way, don't forget to mark your calendar!).

April 12, 2011

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