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Sustainability is confusing and can be totally overwhelming, especially when it comes to making daily decisions in your busy home. The Natural Step, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Light House Sustainable Building Centre have created a toolkit, Sustainability at Home, to make those decisions easier. Come and celebrate the launch of this toolkit and welcome the Light House Sustainable Building Centre to their new home at 2060 Pine Street on Saturday, November 7th. Welcome address at 11am.

This toolkit provides tips to help homeowners understand the impacts of their decisions and answer tricky questions about the choices and tradeoffs we all make when trying to do the right thing. Is a local apple better than a foreign organic banana? Should I replace my computer with better energy user or try hold onto it for as long as possible? With some guidelines to help answer these questions and by working through an action checklist, homeowners can not only reduce their impact on climate change, they can save money and help British Columbia lead the rest of Canada to a more sustainable future at the same time. "Small actions can really make a difference. This toolkit shows how you can transform your home into a healthy and sustainable one" said Lindsay Coulter, the David Suzuki Foundation's 'Queen of Green'.

"Sustainability can't be achieved by any one organization or community alone. It's only when we all work together and all do our part that we'll start to see the big changes we need. We hope this toolkit will inspire thousands of changes in household decisions across the province," said Kelly Baxter, Executive Director of The Natural Step. The free toolkit can be downloaded from our websites at www.thenaturalstep.org/canada, http://www.davidsuzuki.org and www.sustainablebuildingcentre.com.

The B.C. Sustainability at Home toolkit was generously supported by The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and Vancity Credit Union. Input was gathered from a diverse editorial committee which included Toxic Free Canada, City Green Solutions, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation and many others. "The Real Estate Foundation of B.C. was pleased to make a grant for the B.C. sustainability toolkit," said Stephen Mullock, the Real Estate Foundation Chair. "When sustainability begins at home, everyone is part of the solution."

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To learn more about the involved organization or talk to a person, contact us:

About The Natural Step Canada
The Natural Step Canada is part of an international non-profit organization that helps communities and businesses journey more efficiently and effectively toward sustainabity. TNS Canada works with municipalities, businesses, and other community stakeholders using a science-based framework that elegantly describes sustainability — connecting stakeholders with a common language and empowering them with a democratic process to vision and achieve sustainability. Visit www.thenaturalstep.org/canada for more information.

Anouk Bertner
Director of Communications
The Natural Step
613-748-3001 ext. 223

About Light House Sustainable Building Center
Light House Sustainable Building Centre is an enterprising non-profit society dedicated to advancing and catalyzing sustainability in British Columbia's built environment. Visit us at the only green building Sustainability Showcase and Resource Centre in Canada to learn more about the benefits of green building or to develop your green building skills. We work to provide education, training and outreach programs to develop green building knowledge and skills; support public sector programs and private sector initiatives; and facilitate and accelerate market transformation and economic development activities for the sustainable building cluster in BC.

Amanda McCuaig
Manager of Operations and Communications
Light House Sustainable Building Centre

About the David Suzuki Foundation
The David Suzuki Foundation is an environmental think-tank that works through science and education to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life. With a goal of achieving sustainability within a generation, the Foundation collaborates with scientists, business and industry, academia, government and non-governmental organizations. Visit: http://www.davidsuzuki.org

Lindsay Coulter
David Suzuki's 'Queen of Green'
David Suzuki Foundation

November 4, 2009

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