CARAS AND THE JUNO AWARDS ARE COMMITED TO EVENT SUSTAINABILITY
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the JUNO Awards are committed to event sustainability. Since 2008, CARAS and the JUNO Awards have worked closely with their partner Strategin Solutions to develop a comprehensive strategy for improving the sustainability of JUNO Awards events.
For the third consecutive year, CARAS will be using CSA Z2010, a national event sustainability management standard, to guide the delivery of the JUNO Awards events. Use of the standard involves engaging and encouraging all JUNO partners to minimize and manage waste, decrease the consumption of water and energy, reduce the carbon footprint, and purchase environmentally and socially responsible goods and services. Venues, accommodations, production companies, caterers, printers, and transport providers are all on board and playing a key part in facilitating the achievement of sustainability objectives.
Several key partnerships also greatly support the JUNO Awards event sustainability strategy. For the fifth year in a row, CARAS and the JUNO Awards have partnered with Bullfrog Power, who is providing all of the 2013 JUNO Awards events, accommodations, and the CARAS office with clean, renewable electricity. In the third year of its partnership, Carbonzero is providing carbon offset credits to offset emissions resulting from flights purchased by CARAS, production crew travel, and ground transportation. 2013 is also the fourth consecutive year CARAS will be working with Me to We Style, who will be producing all JUNO branded apparel with the use of organic cotton and viscose from bamboo.
What You Can Do
If you are planning to attend the 2013 JUNO Awards events, you too have a key role to play in contributing to event sustainability. Below is a list of suggested actions that you can take:
- Travel to and from JUNO Week events by foot, bicycle or public transit
- Dispose of waste and recyclables in appropriate receptacles
- Use your own reusable mug and/or water bottle when possible
- Get to know the local culture and purchase locally produced goods
- Turn off any lights, TVs, air conditioners or heaters when leaving your hotel room
- Opt into towel and linen reuse programs if your hotel offers the service
- Book your travel via the most direct route to reduce travel related emissions
- Offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated as a result of your travel
Meet Our Sustainability Partners
Strategin Solutions is a consulting firm specializing in sustainable event management. As a leader in this field, Strategin Solutions works with event organizers, producers, and their suppliers to devise innovative strategies for achieving sustainability goals. Customizable services delivered by Strategin Solutions enable clients to align corporate values with actions, identify efficiencies, improve performance, enhance reputation, and drive market position. www.strateginsolutions.com
Carbonzero was founded in 2006 and has rapidly risen to become a leader in the design and implementation of carbon reduction strategies and solutions. A top performer in the 2009 David Suzuki Foundation and Pembina Institute report on Carbon Offsetting, Carbonzero has led the way in setting the industry standard for measurable and verified emissions reduction offsets in Canada. Carbonzero helps organizations, governments and individuals prepare for the low carbon economy by aiding them in assessing, reporting, and reducing their emissions. The approach, tools and services used by Carbonzero ensure that their clients can cost-effectively meet their carbon auditing reduction commitments while developing the framework for implementation of reduction activities. www.carbonzero.ca
Bullfrog Power, Canada’s 100 per cent green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable homes and businesses to reduce their environmental impact, support the development of green energy projects in Canada and help create a cleaner, healthier world. As a Certified B Corporation, Bullfrog Power meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Thousands of Canadian homes and businesses are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by switching to green energy with Bullfrog Power. Homes and businesses can sign up easily, quickly and affordably at www.bullfrogpower.com.
At Me to We Style, we believe in the power that each of our customers holds to make socially-conscious, environmentally-friendly consumer choices that positively impact our global society. Me to We Style is eco-friendly, sweatshop free, domestically produced, and 1/2 our annual profits are donated to Free the children-the world’s largest organization of children helping children through education. In addition, for every piece of apparel purchased Me to We Style plants a tree through Free the Children. We offer companies across the globe the opportunity to offset their environmental footprint by using eco-friendly and branded apparel for their: staff, promotional items, events, teams, stores and merchandise. We value the opportunity to pass on our eco-friendly values to new clients and nurture existing partnerships. This is our 4th year working with CARAS and the JUNO Awards and we are proud to be involved with this amazing organization.
Sponsors of the 2013 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s ―Canada Music Fund, Radio Starmaker Fund, Province of Saskatchewan, Potash Corp, the City of Regina, the Regina Hotel Association, the City of Moose Jaw and TD Bank Group.
Sponsors of THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV include Chevrolet, Garnier, TD and Virgin Mobile.
- CTV’s JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
- CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca
- CTV Website: www.ctv.ca
Web Links for Sustainability Partners
- Strategin Solutions: www.strateginsolutions.com
- Bullfrog Power: www.bullfrogpower.com
- Carbonzero: www.carbonzero.ca
- Me To We Style: www.metowestyle.com