Environmental sustainability is a growing preoccupation of both the co-operative sector and the broader Canadian public. The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has made an on-going commitment to provide co-operatives and credit unions throughout Canada with information, resources, and tools specific to co-operatives and environmental sustainability. CCA has also created an ad-hoc Environmental Sustainability Comitteeto advise CCA's board and staff on issues and policies related to the environment.
The information in this section of the site was produced as part of a CCA project that has been generously funded by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) and the federal government's Co-operatives Secretariat. The project consists of two main components:
Environmental Casebook Profiles
This section contains profiles of a number of co-operatives and credit unions in different sectors, serving different communities throughout Canada. Each profile provides a snapshot of the organization and its environmental policies and practices; accountability and reporting; lessons learned and plans going forward. Be sure to check back as more profiles are added.
The Toolkit is an on-line resource providing guidance and assistance to co-ops and credit unions on how they can embed environmental sustainability strategy development; measurement; monitoring, and reporting within their organization. All resources in the Toolkit present ideas through a co-operative lens and link practices to co-operative social responsibility.