The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the Vancouver Convention Centre West (VVCW) among its 2011 Top Green Projects. Last year, Sustainability Solutions Group, the sustainability and LEED consultatnt to VVCW, led the project to a LEED Platinum rating, the highest level of certification by the Canada Green Building Council. Sustainability Solutions Group, a not-for-profit co-operative of community practitioners, is partnering with the Canada Research Chair in developing the community vitality tool.
A new case study on Mountain Equipment Coop examines a business model that is based on cooperation rather than competition. The study examines how MEC has maintained a prolific and successful business profile in the Canadian market while addressing social, environmental, and economic sustainability issues in their business model.