Green Tips and Videos

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Green Tips

The following documents have been produced to help reduce operating costs within your business. Each resource provides practical tips on how to green your business. Please feel free to print these resources for use at your business.

Green Workshop Videos

Nottawasaga Futures holds workshops to share best practices and engage businesses in transitioning to the green economy. To extend the learning opportunities and for businesses unable to attend we videotape many of our workshops. We encourage you to review the video’s of interest to your business and see what you can take away to help your business go green and save money.

We are grateful to all of the workshop presenters. Many of the presenters are local business owners sharing their experience. To find out more about our local green businesses who are going green and growing strong, visit our business profiles webpage.



Engaging Employees in Sustainability Initiatives

Derek Wong, founder of corporate sustainability blog for Canadian businesses Carbon 49, speaks about the benefits of engaging your employees in sustainability and conservation initiatives. 

Green Landscaping Workshop Presentations

Four Presentations: 


Can Your Clients Benefit from Grants Available to Businesses and Homeowners?

Andee Pelan

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority


Blue Thumb Landscaping Practices that Benefit Wildlife and Water

Shannon Stephens

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority


Connecting Businesses for Healthier Landscapes

Silvia Pedrazzi

South Simcoe Streams Network



Best Practices for Organic Turfgrass Management

Marc Brooks, MS, C.G.S.A.

Ag Value Chain Presentation

Identify What the Canadian Consumer Values and Why?

Virginia Zimm

FayeClack Communications inc


When Insider Trading is the Right Thing to Do

Martin Gooch, PhD

Value Chain Management Centre



Food Distribution Hub Study

George Schrijver

WCM Consulting

Green Biz Minutes

Introduction to Nottawasaga Futures Green Economy Centre


Energy Conservation




South Simcoe Business Development Services

Discover what is available to assist South Simcoe businesses to continue to successfully maintain and expand.  

Business Development: Ontario Centres of Excellence

Jose is the Ontario Centres of Excellence Contact, connecting businesses to industry, research, investors and governments.


Innovation York

Dan Lynch is Manager, Industry Liaison, for Innovation York. He is responsible for representing York University research assets and expertise to the private sector community, matching York's assets and expertise with local business needs.


Applied Research and Innovation Centre, Georgian College

Chris Berni, Manager, Applied Research Engineering Technology, applied Research and Innovation Centre, Georgian College. Chris Berni explains how your business can connect with Applied Research at Georgian College; connecting students with business for innovation in areas of product development, commercialization and manufacturing


Knowledge Mobilization at York University

Michael Johnny, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization for York University. Michael is responsible to support research and knowledge-based collaborations between researchers and decision makers, helping to maximize the impact of publicly funded research.



Jeremy Laurin is the President and CEO of ventureLAB, one of the 14 Ontario REgional Innovation Centres set up as the Ontario Network of Excellence. ventureLAB is the Research Innovation Centre for York Region and Simcoe County.



Energy Efficiency Workshop for Small Businesses

Find out about easy-to-do energy efficiency projects and
hear about money saving incentives for your business from local utility companies

Enbridge Gas Distribution: Helping Businesses Achieve their Green Goals

Enbridge Gas representative Mike McDonnell outlines programs and incentives from Enbridge Gas that will help you achieve your green business goals. Follow this link to watch videos from customers who have received rebates from Enbridge



Green Business Profile

Hear about green practices from a local business.

My Story of Green Practices: Deb Burton and The Fork and Plate Family Grill Inc.

Deb Burton is the Co-Owner of The Fork and Plate Family Grill Inc. Here she shares her story of eco-concious business practices.


Green Business Profile: Gigi's Green Beans Café


Jennifer Lapointe, owner of Gigi's Green Beans Café explains her Green Business practices.



Solar Energy Information Forum 2011 Solar Energy Information Forum in Bradford/West Gwillimbury


My Solar Experience in Ontario


Installing Solar Systems on an Ontario Farm


Diversifying the Farm with Solar Systems


Solar Installations for Farmers: Part 1


Solar Installations for Farmers: Part 2




Greening Your Restaurant 2011

Greening your restaurant workshop by Kathryn A. Cooper, B.Sc., MBA, M.Ed. (Sustainability & Environment)

Greening Your Restaurant Part 1: Strategies for Greening Your Restaurant


Greening Your Restaurant Part 2: A Restaurant Owner's Experience Managing Costs


Greening Your Restaurant Part 3: Measuring and Managing Your Energy Costs


Greening Your Restaurant Part 4: Green Actions for Your Restaurant


Greening Your Restaurant Part 5: Reducing Your Water Consumption


Greening Your Restaurant Part 6: Reducing Waste


Greening Your Restaurant Part 7: Sustainable Local Food with Sandra Trainor Simcoe Farm Fresh

Restaurants connecting with farmers



Transitioning to a Green Economy 2011

Transitioning to a Green Economy: Part 1 


Transitioning to a Green Economy: Part 2 


Transitioning to a Green Economy: Part 3