The New Green in Busines$ – Le nouveau vert en affaire$
The CÉCS is presenting two webinars regarding this project!
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:00pm
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:00pm
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Project Flow Chart
June 2020 – March 2024
The green positioning of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), municipalities and organizations, in terms of social responsibility and sustainable development is an increasing priority.
It is essential that SMEs and Francophone communities recognize the importance of positioning in sustainable development. The circular economy is a catalyst that will help trigger new developments that respect the environment, contribute to social well-being and ensure the sustainability of businesses and communities.
The three green economy surveys (Les trois sondages économie verte), carried out between 2018 and 2019, demonstrated the interest and willingness of citizens for daily and long-term green best practices. Surveys have also shown that businesses, organizations and municipalities need support to take action.
- Saskatchewan green jobs study 2018
- Survey of participants at the green economy forum 2018 – Muni pour passer au vert
- Survey of participants at the green economy forum 2019 – Embraye-toi au vert
At this point, the circular economy is not well known in Saskatchewan (where agriculture is one of the main industries in rural areas). The concept of the circular economy has a lot of potential in this industry, which generates, among other things, varieties of organic waste. Small communities suffer from a shortage of industry, which in turn leads to a lack of jobs and opportunities. This undermines the ability of communities to flourish and build. Now is the time to introduce the idea of the circular economy, assess opportunities, support stakeholders’ desire to innovate in order to ensure sustainable development. To meet these needs, the project Le nouveau vert en affaires$ / The New Green in Busines$ was designed by the economic development advisers (CDE) of the Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CECS).
The main objective is to turn opportunities into circular solutions and, in doing so, ensure the sustainability of businesses and the creation of new businesses for the benefit of declining communities.
- Implement a concerted provincial strategy;
- Identify the players (companies, municipalities and organizations) and list their products, waste or potential services for the circular economy;
- Identify opportunities (new products, services, innovations);
- Identify potential partners;
- Raise awareness among companies and communities about the circular economy: the opportunities, benefits, implications and best sustainable practices;
- Develop support capacity in assessment and diagnosis at the CECS level;
- Support businesses, municipalities and organizations that are committed to developing new business ideas;
- Stimulate the provincial economy, more specifically the economy in rural areas.
The circular economy has numerous benefits:
- A new generation that is aware and proactive;
- Companies and communities with a true portrait of their activities;
- An increase in good environmental practices;
- Innovation and learning;
- Creation of partnerships;
- Improved risk management;
- Reduced operating and resource costs;
- New job creation;
- New businesses;
- Maximized use of waste products;
- Reduced carbon footprint.
Phase 1: Project start-up
- Project development;
- Development of partnerships through the CDE of CECS participation in relevant conferences;
- Request for Proposals to hire a consultant
Phase 2: Project implementation
- Hiring a consultant;
- Awareness campaign;
- Launch and information distribution (project marketing);
- Development of partnerships (campaign with possible partners and participation of CDEs in relevant activities;
- Produce a map of rural Francophone communities;
- Identify potential new products and partnerships;
- Overview of recycling markets, globally in the province;
- Develop a series of PPT presentations to educate the public about opportunities in Saskatchewan;
- Creation of promotional videos;
- Target the identified businesses, municipalities and organizations;
- Public presentation of results (conferences, round tables);
- Identification of participants interested in going through a diagnostic process.
- Organize round tables at strategic locations in the province (if necessary);
- Promotion of the project through video and PPT;
- Project development – supporting businesses and communities.