Sea to Sky Removal Joins Business Coalition for a Clean Economy

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Forty leaders in British Columbia’s corporate sector, including us are calling on Premier John Horgan to keep B.C. at the forefront of climate action and clean economic growth.

In a new open letter, the businesses say B.C. has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create jobs, encourage innovation, build healthy and safe communities, and reduce waste.

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Hootsuite, Nature’s Path Foods, Vancouver Film Studios, MEC, Persephone Brewing, Modo Co-operative, Carbon Engineering, and Earnest Ice Cream are among the companies endorsing the letter. The diverse signatories represent the brewing, clothing, construction, cosmetics, energy, film and television, food, financial, investment, manufacturing, outdoor recreation, technology, transportation, and other industries.

Today’s release of the letter coincides with the launch of the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy, a network of 40 companies that believe building a clean economy, powered by renewable energy, is key to ensuring B.C.’s future prosperity in a rapidly changing world.

Arc’teryx, Climate Smart Businesses, Innergex Renewable Energy, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, and Vancity are the founders of the Business Coalition, which is supported by the Pembina Institute.

The Business Coalition is inviting more companies operating in B.C. to join the network.

Quick facts

  • The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy’s 40 member companies earn more than $3.4 billion in combined annual revenues.

  • These companies employ more than 11,000 workers.

Quotes

“Sea to Sky Removal grew out of our vision for a better world. Our company was founded on the principal that business can do good, drive change, and ultimately help save the world. We saw a problem, construction waste, and decided that we could change it. We understand that it’s much more than diverting construction waste; it’s a cultural shift, one that requires companies to get loud about their performance. The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy is a community of leaders like us, who will work together to drive a movement of using the power of business as a force for good, resulting in a positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.”

“The climate and energy challenge will not be solved by any single solution, company, or government in isolation. We are going to need collaboration across industries, sectors, and geographies if we hope to make a real difference to climate change and provide a bright and prosperous future for the next generation. As a B.C. company pioneering the commercialization of clean energy technologies, we are delighted to join the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy and look forward to contributing to a shared voice for climate action.”
— Steve Oldham, CEO, Carbon Engineering

“For the last 10 years, Climate Smart has had the privilege of working with close to 1,000 businesses to better understand and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. From our perspective, we see that businesses are key partners in building a clean economy and accelerating innovation. The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy is giving Climate Smart businesses a policy voice and another channel to share the business case for reducing carbon emissions.”
— Elizabeth Sheehan, cofounder and president, Climate Smart Businesses

“Hootsuite is pleased to join the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy. Climate action is important to our employees and we are committed to supporting the communities we live and work in, including advocating for a clean economy.”
— Heidi Rolston, vice president for learning, community, diversity, and inclusion, Hootsuite

“Innergex Renewable Energy is proud to be a founding member of the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy. Our mission to produce 100 per cent renewable energy has always been driven by the belief that we can achieve a more sustainable economy today without jeopardizing the needs of future generations. Our almost 30 years in the renewable energy sector has shown us that embedding the health of our communities and natural environment into economic development not only facilitates growth, but is the way to a more sustainable future. The Business Coalition is a forum for likeminded businesses to come together in support of one another and, working with government, take meaningful steps to address climate change and shape the economy of tomorrow.”
— Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, vice president for corporate relations, Innergex Renewable Energy

“Climate change is a clear and present danger that costs Canadians more than $1 billion in insured damages each and every year, due to storms, floods, and wildfires. Clearly, much more must be done to mitigate and adapt to the new weather reality that we face. The Insurance Bureau of Canada is pleased to be a founder of the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy, and to work with like-minded business to seek solutions to this challenge through sound climate and energy policy.”
— Aaron Sutherland, vice president for the Pacific region, Insurance Bureau of Canada

“We share this planet. The effects of climate change impact all of us as individuals, businesses, and communities. Whether prolonged droughts effect the food on our tables or the raw ingredients in our supply chain, we all have a responsibility to lead the transition toward a clean economy.”
— Katrina Shum, sustainability manager for North America, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

“At Nature’s Path, we see firsthand the impact of droughts and severe weather changes caused by climate change to family farms and how we source our organic ingredients. We are excited today to join other B.C. businesses as a force of good to advocate for climate change solutions and bring positive change to our planet.”
— Jyoti Stephens, vice president for mission and strategy, Nature’s Path Foods

“B.C. is a hub for sustainable innovation, social responsibility, and climate solutions, and businesses are key to B.C.’s success on these fronts. From beer to buildings, film to finance, and cosmetics to concrete, the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy brings together an incredible diversity of B.C. businesses to champion climate leadership and the transition to a cleaner economy.”
— Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director, Pembina Institute

“Persephone is excited to join the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy because legislators need pressure from the private sector to enact policies that will protect our planet and communities from the worst impacts of climate change. Our influence is greater when we speak with one voice. Being a farm-based brewery, making an agricultural product, the changing climate will have a direct impact on our B.C.-based supply chain.”
— Jenn Vervier, CEO, Persephone Brewing

“We see climate change as a threat to the health and well-being of our communities, so we’re doing everything we can to show leadership in environmental sustainability. The Business Coalition is shaping a vision of a sustainable economy powered by clean energy. We encourage other businesses to join us in creating a brighter future for everyone in our province.”
— Christine Bergeron, chief member services officer, Vancity

“The film and television industry has grown rapidly to become a major part of our economy in B.C. — this has led to an increased use of resources and greater impact on the environment. It’s important and exciting for Vancouver Film Studios to join like-minded companies in the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy and work together towards a sustainable future. Lights, camera, climate action!”
— Pete Mitchell, president and CEO, Vancouver Film Studios

To see what other business leaders are saying about the Business Coalition, read the media backgrounder, which follows.

Watch a video about the Business Coalition: pembina.org/BCCE

Download the open letter and media backgrounderpembina.org/pub/bcce-letter

Join the conversation on Twitter: #CleanBCBiz

About the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy

The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy (BCCE) is a network of leading B.C. businesses and organizations aligned behind a vision for a clean and prosperous economy and climate action. We believe that strong climate and energy policy provides certainty and is good for business. Learn more: pembina.org/BCCE

Sea to Sky Removal Wins RCBC Award for Environmental Achievement in Private Sector

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The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) Environmental Awards recognize the valuable contribution that individuals and organizations, including Sea to Sky Removal, make towards the protection and preservation British Columbia’s environment. Read more about the winners in the -> RCBC press release

“RCBC is excited to share Sea to Sky Removal’s story on reducing landfill waste in the region. The Private Sector MOBI award recognizes that Sea to Sky is meeting the challenge of mixing profit with sustainability; and setting a model for others to follow along the way!” Harvinder Aujala, Director of Policy & Communications

"We're very focused on the environment and what's happening in the world, and we kind of figured that for anything to actually happen you need to be responsible for your actions, and you need to be able to basically put your money where your mouth is," Chris, co-founder of S2SR said. "It's our way of being able to make sure that whatever we touch is actually handled properly."

Read more in this excellent article by -> Pique NewsMagazine

Sea to Sky Removal Becomes Certified B Corporation®

Sea to Sky Removal grew out of our vision for a better world. Our company was founded on the principal that business can do good, drive change, and ultimately help save the world. We saw a problem, construction waste, and decided that we could change it. 

We understand that saving the world is about much more than diverting construction waste. It requires a cultural shift, one that requires companies to get loud about their performance, we need conspicuous impact if we are going to drive meaningful change. 

That’s why we are committed to measuring our impact and sharing our progress through diversion.

In 2017, we hauled 1,340,340 pounds of material and diverted 811,000 pounds from the landfill. 

In 2018 we grew and with that diverted more materials from landfills around Metro Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor. As a company we moved 1,796,360 pounds of material and we were able to keep 1,152,790 pounds of it out of the landfill. 

The volume of the material we kept out of the landfills for both 2017 and 2018 was 1,963,790 pounds! That is the equivalent of 178 of our trucks (1 truck = 11,023 pounds) filled with recyclables and reusable materials that was diverted from our local landfills.

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We meticulously hand sort through piles of construction waste including garbage bags to maximize the amount of recyclables and reusable materials diverted from the landfill. Our award winning recycling stations we have implemented on construction sites pre-sort recyclables and ensure and clean and organized waste section on a construction site. 

We recognize that government and nonprofits alone cannot solve society’s most challenging problems. It’s going to take a community of leaders from across the world who work together to drive a global movement of using the power of business as a force for good, resulting in a positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment. 

We’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation®, a designation awarded to “businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.” (bcorporation.net) We have joined the ranks of Ben and Jerry’s, Danone and Patagonia.

"We are so excited to welcome Sea to Sky Removal to the Canadian B Corp Community. At a time when preserving the environment has reached a critical point, it is inspiring to see a company address the need to overhaul an industry in a very impactful way." Michelle Reid, B Lab Canada

Here are five reasons why we decided to become B Corp Certified:

1)    Shared Beliefs

 B Lab, the non-profit group that holds B Corps accountable, shares our belief that businesses should exist to do more than just turn a profit. We believe that businesses should be used as a force for social good. At Sea to Sky Removal, we know business principles could be used appropriately as a very powerful tool to address social inequities.

2)    Community

Today, There are over 2,700 Certified B Corporations from more than 130 industries in 60+ countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. B Lab aggregates learnings, shares case studies, provides professional development and creates opportunities for CEOs to convene and engage in meaningful conversations. We’re excited for the potential that these conversations and relationships hold.  

3)    Public accountability

The performance standards B Corps meet are comprehensive, transparent and verified. They measure a company’s impact on all its stakeholders (e.g. workers, suppliers, community, customers and the environment). As a company focused on waste management in the construction industry, we wanted to hold ourselves to the highest available standard of public accountability. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment).

4)    Ability to put mission first

We didn’t get in the business of removing construction waste because we wanted to make a profit. We saw a gap in what companies were able to do and a need to better take care of the planet, and we build a business around solving these two problems. Profit is a means of delivering on our purpose, rather than the end goal in itself. In situations where a company could turn a bigger profit because of its fiduciary obligation to their investors, we can put mission first as a benefit corporation. This truly allows us to think about what is in the best interest of our local landfills and fragile environment.

5)    Attracting the right people

Being a B Corporation allows us to make a very public declaration that we care about making an impact beyond profit alone and that we’ve subscribed to a very powerful worldwide movement of using profits and growth as a means to a greater end. This shows our clients, stakeholders, and our employees (both current and future) that we are more than just numbers. We are committed to something bigger. This designation will make it easy for clients and other stakeholders to identify our views on business, and easily determine whether or not those values align with their own.

Greta Thunburg, the 16 year old Swedish climate activist, has asked the global community to panic. We panicked and Sea to Sky Removal is the result. We’re not hoping someone will do the work for us. We have rolled up our sleeves, gotten our hands dirty and companies are getting sorted, one pound of waste at a time. 

Diverting waste from construction sites is our bread and butter but transformation is the business we’re in.

About B Corporations

Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. They meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. There are more than 2,700 Certified B Corporations in over 130 industries and 60 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business.

Want to learn more about the B Corp Certification?  Visit https://bcorporation.net for details.

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