Going green with your company means setting an environmentally friendly
example for both your employees, and your community. This can increase brand
loyalty and create a feeling of satisfaction in your customers and clients.
Creating a competitive advantage can be as easy as distinguishing yourself as a
company that has an environmentally
conscious approach to business. Not only can this help your company attain
and preserve clients, but it can also improve efficiency and potentially lower
some of your operating costs while providing a healthier atmosphere. Moving
forward with this ambitious plan is easier than you think.
Canada Green Building Council
The Canada Green Building Council
(CaGBC)is a non-profit organization working nationwide since 2002 to help
create and advance the adoption of environmentally friendly buildings. Green
architecture has come a long way in the last decade and CaGBC is on the front
line, helping to reduce greenhouse gases and landfill waste created from the
construction and demolition of buildings. Their goal to make every building
greener has led to a national membership network designed to help teach
individuals and corporations how to build green. Green building development
helps make Canada a better, more environmentally sound place to live and work.
There are three ways to become
a member of the CaGBC. First and foremost, national membership is the best
option for companies and organizations in the green building industry. Companies
can join one of two categories: Green Building Specialist or Green Building
Then, on a regional basis, individuals are encouraged to become a
member of their local Chapter. All employees of a national member company (Advocate
or Specialist) can claim a FREE membership in the Chapter of their choice -
including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Region, the Greater Toronto Area,
Ottawa Region, and the Atlantic. Each Chapter extends the
green building market to communities across Canada. For those new to the
industry, Emerging Green Builders (EGB) can become a member through their local
Chapter as they begin to shape their green career.
Some of the opportunities presented through membership include exponential
growth of personal networks through introductions to green building experts,
tours of local green building projects and access to local green building
resources that may be over looked by the average contractor or development
National members have additional benefits which include: the right to vote on
the direction of LEED, the ability to contribute to the national conferences, a
free company listing in the Canada
Builds Green online directory, and Chapter memberships that are free for
employees of national member companies. They also have the opportunity to join
CaGBC's national board through an election process, and to elect other board
Other ways to engage in the industry include the option to participate in CaGBC
committees and advisory groups, which help the development of the Canadian
rating systems. Corporate members are also kept up to date in CaGBC education
due to the complimentary subscriptions to industry publications. All of these
offerings and services are designed to make the diverse regions of Canada more
environmentally sound by reducing the amount of waste and greenhouse gases
created through not only construction and demolition, but also through the day
to day operation of the buildings being designed and built.
How to Join
a corporate member of the Canada Green Building Council is a simple task.
Simply complete an application and submit the annual membership fees. Rates
vary by industry and company size, the benefits of membership and the right use
of the exclusive branding of CaGBC will give your company a leg up over the
competition when it comes to environmentally aware clients and customers.
Chapter members just need to go online and ensure they are connected with their
employer’s profile and then claim their free membership. Contact the
Canada Green Building Council today to help do your part in preserving your
company and your country.