The first annual Trends and Best Practices in Canadian Municipal Sustainable Purchasing report has been released, the most comprehensive discussion of municipal sustainable purchasing and ethical sourcing in Canada to date.
Vancouver, May 18, 2011 - Reeve Consulting and the Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Purchasing recently released the first annual Trends and Best Practices in Canadian Municipal Sustainable Purchasing report, the most comprehensive discussion of municipal sustainable purchasing and ethical sourcing in Canada to date.
Beyond revealing key trends across the country and valuable best practices, the report offers a national snapshot of how Canadian municipalities are implementing sustainable purchasing programs. Complete with a listing of common program barriers and recommended solutions, the report is a valuable resource for municipal decision-makers looking to implement impactful sustainable purchasing programming. Click Here to find out more. Click Here to download the report summary.┬á Share &/or CommentΓû║
Vancouver is well-known for its approach to urbanism, and using densification towards creating a more liveable city. In reality, however, this popularity is focused on the relatively small area of Vancouver's downtown core and the neighbourhoods immediately surrounding it. Moreover, emphasis is often placed on the city's podium-towers as the future of sustainable urbanism.
The vote Tuesday by city council to approve the Cambie Corridor Plan, allowing mid-rise towers of up to 12 stories along that key artery -- and taller towers at Marine Drive and Oakridge intersections -- shows a different version of what the future may hold. More recent developments in Vancouver outside the downtown core, such as Olympic Village, have successfully deployed a mid-rise urbanism, and the Cambie Corridor Plan builds off many of the lessons learned from such projects, instead of the renowned downtown peninsula.
Recently, I conversed with Vancouver's director of planning, Brent Toderian, about the Cambie Corridor Plan, and what it means for the future of Vancouver and the City's approach to urban planning. Click Here to read the summary. Share &/or Comment Γû║
December 2010 -- According to Google's report "2011 B2B Marketing Outlook," traditional marketing makes up the majority (66%) of B2B marketing budgets this year, despite the growth of digital advertising. The survey, conducted for Google in fall 2010 by Ipsos OTX, in fact finds that traditional media accounts for the top three items in a B2B marketer's average budget:
Γû║ Trade shows and events (28%)
Γû║ Magazines/trade publications (13%)
Γû║ Direct mail (9%)
With this said, more than 80% of marketers are employing digital marketing methods.┬á The top digital expenditures of the typical B2B budget:
Γû║ Email marketing (8%)
Γû║ Search engine marketing (5%)
Γû║ Search engine optimization (5%)
Γû║ The report also finds that 77% of B2B marketers state they expect their budgets to stay the same or increase in 2011.
According to American Business Media, "A majority of B2B marketers said that combining digital with traditional and using multiple media in a campaign improves effectiveness. Six in 10 marketers said offline efforts affect online activity. 'When efforts across the marketing continuum are well coordinated ΓÇª we see all boats rise,' a General Electric Co. marketing executive said in the survey." Share &/or Comment Γû║
In 2010 we received our 15th consecutive Employee Gold Award. It's a terrific feeling to know that together we're all helping to make an impact in our community. When you give to United Way you make a profound difference in individual lives and the quality of life we all enjoy. Find out More. Share &/or Comment Γû║
It seems as though spring has sprung, all except for a few of wet days here and there! So it's again time to warm up your golf game and prepare to participate in the 16th annual Building For Kids Golf Classic on July 14th. Don't forget it all goes toward helping the kids. The 2010 tournament raised $153,000 for BC Children's Hospital. Find out More. Share &/or Comment Γû║
The debate over Vancouver's coveted view cones has been raging for a long time and, every so often, significant policy changes are brought forward to change/review the policy. A draft motion was set out by the City of Vancouver in 2009 and the discussions are still ongoing, with the latest discussion set to go on January 20, 2011. View Full Article. Share &/or Comment Γû║
It is difficult to sum up in just a few words all that the past year encompassed with respect to the business of the environment. It was a year of important gains, but also a time of setbacks and tragedy. In a way, the top newsmaker of the year was the environment itself. On the economic front, the news was mixed at best, but there were some important developments that bode well for the future.Despite lingering impacts of the economic recession, 2010 saw a virtual explosion in the global deployment of clean and renewable energy technologies. China became the world leader in wind and solar energy deployment, and renewable energy became the cornerstone of government strategies for low carbon economic growth in many countries. View Full Article. Share &/or Comment Γû║
Learn the language of social media marketing. Are you confused by all the social media marketing lingo and terms? You'll want to click Here Γû║ to view a glossary of terms. Master these and you'll be a social media know-it-all. Share &/or Comment Γû║
After an 18-year absence, AutoCAD is finally coming back to Mac OS X. Autodesk, the company that makes the CAD program that has become the defacto industry standard, last released a native Mac version of its flagship product in 1992. Not only is AutoCAD coming back to Mac OS X, Autodesk is also bringing an AutoCAD app to the iPad and iPhone. This app will let professionals import, modify and export CAD files on the go. View Full Article. Share &/or Comment Γû║
Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainability are both hot topics in the AEC industry. These powerful trends are now converging as designers and contractors learn how to leverage modeling, analytical and simulation technologies to improve sustainable outcomes. View Full Article. Share &/or Comment Γû║