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Greening Sierra Club Canada


Sierra Club Canada est une organisation bâtie sur la force de ses membres engageant la population à protéger, restaurer et  jouir d’une planète en santé et en sécurité.


Sierra Club est au Canada depuis 1963. Le bureau national du Sierra Club du Canada a été établi en 1989, à Ottawa.

En 1992, Sierra Club Canada a été incorporé pour affermir une véritable présence canadienne de ce qui était auparavant des sections régionales canadiennes au sein du Sierra Club basé aux États-Unis.  Nous avons des bureaux à Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Sydney, Corner Brook, Halifax, Edmonton et Toronto.  Sierra Club Canada est l’agent de la Fondation du Sierra Club du Canada, un organisme de charité enregistré auprès de Revenu Canada.

Sierra Club Canada travaille sur plusieurs grandes campagnes nationales réparties dans quatre secteurs généraux : l'éco-santé, la protection de la biodiversité, l'atmosphère et énergie, la transition pour une économie durable.

Aujourd’hui, Sierra Club Canada compte dans le pays quelques 10 000 membres, partisans et jeunes affiliés.  Beaucoup de nos membres sont des bénévoles qui participent aux campagnes du Club, qui organisent des excursions et qui développent les activités du Club.

Le Canada a cinq sections régionales: la Colombie-Britannique; les Prairies; l’Ontario; le Québec; et le Canada Atlantique.  Il y a aussi des douzaines de groupes locaux dans les communautés—du Cap-Breton à l’île de Vancouver.  La Coalition Jeunesse Sierra est notre section pour les jeunes.

Notre excellente réputation parmi nos membres et ailleurs est en parti grâce à notre dévouement à nos idéaux et parce que nous sommes prêts a prendre les risques nécessaire.  Les médias nous considèrent comme une source fiable, et nous sommes à l’aise dans le bureau d’un ministre tout comme autour d’une table de cuisine avec un groupe de pêcheurs militants.  Nous faisons beaucoup avec très peu de ressources – beaucoup plus que ceux qui disposent de beaucoup de ressources.

Greening Sierra Club Canada

As an environmental organization, we find it crucial to walk the talk that we promote to individuals, industry and government every day.

In every decision we make, from our morning coffee, to travel planning we try and reduce our organizational footprint as much as possible.

How we do it:

Travel for work

Although we use teleconferencing and web-conferencing whenever possible, some times you need to leave the office and spend some time face to face discuss issues.  When we must travel, we choose the train whenever possible, or try to carpool with other colleagues.  If air travel is the only option, we offset our flights.

We try to billet people at face-to-face meetings and conferences, rather than using commercial properties.

Paper products

Recycled SymbolAll printing is done on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and we try to limit the paper used. We print documents double-sided as much as possible.  We keep our pile of paper that has been printed on one-side to reuse the other side.

Our envelopes re-use paper from old maps.

When we’re out of the office, we say “No thank you” if people offer us flyers, brochures, printed pages etc. that we have not asked for.  Instead, we request their web address and look up their information if we want to.

Food and Drink

Fair TradeLike most Canadians, we start our work day with a cup of coffee or tea. Ensuring that this daily routine is sustainable can have a big impact over the course of your professional life! At Sierra Club we choose to only use fairly-traded, organic coffee and teas, and source organic milk and cream.

We have a kettle with an automatic shut-off, to avoid the use of unnecessary electricity.

Instead of ordering catering, which often includes much more waste, and food that is not organic or local, we opt for staff potlucks whenever we’re planning a staff event. We have a lot of chefs in the office and we love to eat their latest creations!

If we must have catering for a meeting or conference, we order fair-trade, organic and locally-grown food as much as possible.

Electricity consumption

Switch OffIn the office we never leave a light, computer, photocopier or other device running when not in use. As with most offices we rely on our computers for almost everything we do, so we made the conscious effort to switch front desktops to laptops for campaigners on the move and from CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors to LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors this year. This represents a reduction of almost two tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions!

Office equipment

We only have used furniture, and we recycle our used computers.

Recycling / Composting

We collect our compost each week and our Office Manager, who is known for her gardening skills, takes the waste home each week. All those coffee grounds add up!

Although the tenants in our building have limited recycling options (paper only), staff members at Sierra Club of Canada have pulled together to coordinate the recycling of all other recyclable materials and we bring them home to be included in our residential blue box program.

Wanting to take the plunge to green your office? Check out our Atlantic Canada Chapter’s Green Audit Guide.


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