Since 2008, CARAS has worked closely with their partner Strategin Solutions to put in place a comprehensive strategy for improving the sustainability performance of internal operations and JUNO Awards events.
The strategy involves collaborating with partners and suppliers to reduce resource consumption, manage waste, mitigate climate change impacts, opt for environmentally and socially responsible goods and services, inspire people to get involved, and create positive legacies.
In the lead up to the 2014 JUNO Awards, CARAS is launching the “What Do You Do” initiative, a new and exciting online awareness campaign designed to inspire conversation and action around sustainability. The initiative kicks off with the release of a video which features Canadian musicians and celebrities, including Billy Talent, Chris Hadfield, and Said the Whale amongst others, talking about the steps that they take in their daily lives and work to be more sustainable. Check it out!
To get involved, all you need to do is get online and tweet @TheJUNOAwards the answer to the question: What Do You Do to live more sustainably? Participants will be entered into a draw for JUNO merchandise and tickets to 2014 JUNO Week events. The initiative will run throughout the month of March, with subsequent videos being released each Thursday to spark ongoing creativity and dialogue, and the final draw set to be held on March 27, 2014.
As with past years, CARAS will continue to use CSA Z2010, a national event sustainability management standard, to guide the design and delivery of the 2014 JUNO Awards events. For the seventh consecutive year, CARAS and the JUNO Awards will be bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity. This means that Bullfrog Power injects renewable energy onto the grid to match the amount of electricity used by JUNO Week events, hotel stays and the CARAS office. In addition, CARAS is partnering with Less Emissions Inc. to offset carbon emissions resulting from heating/cooling of JUNO Week event venues and travel by CARAS Members, 2014 JUNO Award Nominees, organizers, production crews, and JUNO Week event attendees.
To check out highlights of results achieved in relation to the 2013 JUNO Awards, click here.
What You Can Do
If you are planning to attend the 2014 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
Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading 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. By switching to Bullfrog Power’s green electricity and green natural gas, thousands of Canadian homes and businesses are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution. www.bullfrogpower.com
Less Emissions Inc.
Less, ranked as the highest quality offset provider by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute, provides businesses and individuals interested in lessening their environmental footprint with two convenient options for purchasing offsets. Less’ international-based offsets are derived from Gold Standard-certified projects, as endorsed by leading environmental groups, including WWF International. Less’ Canadian-based offsets are sourced from projects that have achieved certification under the internationally recognized VER+ Standard. www.less.ca
Sponsors of the 2014 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 Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, Tourism Winnipeg and TD Bank Group.
- 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
- Less Emissions Inc: www.less.ca