Sustainability

Photo: The Jerry Cans perform “Northern Lights” at The 2018 JUNO Awards (top), Kevin Drew and Pearl Wenjack introduce the Gord Downie Tribute at The 2018 JUNO Awards (left). Credit: CARAS/iPhoto. 

Over the last ten years, we have worked hard to create an ethos of sustainability thinking and doing, not only in the CARAS home office in Toronto but also when we take the JUNO Awards on the road.

Constant consideration is given to lightening our footprint on the earth, collaborating with partners and suppliers to make more environmentally and socially responsible choices, and inspiring artists and others in the music industry to do what they can to reduce their impacts.

This year, we are offsetting our carbon footprint by a total of 602 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, that’s the equivalent of taking almost 6,420 cars off the road for one week! We work closely with Strategin Solutions and Less Emissions Inc. to calculate emissions generated by travel to and from JUNO Week events as well as heating/cooling of event venues. The equivalent amount of VER+ Standard certified offsets, sourced from a Canadian landfill gas capture and destruction project, are then retired on behalf of the JUNOS.

We are also bullfrogpowering JUNO Week event venues, hotel rooms and the CARAS office with 453 MWh of clean renewable energy, the amount of energy it would take to power 1,985 Canadian households for one week!

Actions that we continue to take to minimize the resources we use and to reduce the amount of waste we generate include:

  • Integrating sustainability considerations into event planning whenever possible
  • Selecting reusable or compostable service ware for all catering and craft areas.
  • Opting for use of digital signage, keeping 1250 sq ft of banner materials out of landfill.
  • Minimizing the need for built set/stage components for the JUNO Awards Broadcast and Gala Dinner by focusing on use of energy conserving LED technology and video projection.

You Too Can Help Us Create Positive Impacts!

Every step you take to be more sustainable while attending the JUNOS can add up to create big impacts!

If just 1,000 people choose to walk or bike to a JUNO Week event, carry a reusable mug or water bottle with them, participate in their hotel’s linen reuse program, and power down when leaving their hotel room, we will:

  • Divert approximately 1,120 pounds of waste from landfill
  • Eliminate 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Avert the use of approximately 8,000 single-use bottles
  • Save 45,000 litres of water
  • Conserve enough electricity to power the average Canadian household for 2 months

As you can see, that’s a whole lot of environmental savings for just a few small actions! We encourage you to keep this in mind and do what you can throughout JUNO Week!

 

Meet Our Sustainability Partners

Strategin Solutions

Strategin Solutions is a consultancy that is passionate about working with clients to create innovative sustainability management solutions which result in positive outcomes for people, the planet and the bottom line. Strategin Solutions offers cost-effective and customizable services for organizations operating in the production-based industries to integrate sustainability into their operations. Working with Strategin Solutions will enable you to align corporate values with actions, identify efficiencies, improve performance, enhance reputation, and drive market position.

Bullfrog Power

Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, offers renewable energy solutions that enable individuals 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 individuals and businesses in Canada are doing their part to address climate change and air pollution by choosing green energy with Bullfrog Power.

Less Emissions

Less Emissions helps individuals and organizations mitigate travel emissions quickly, effectively and with the highest quality offsets in Canada. You’ll lessen your environmental footprint, support innovative emissions reductions projects and ultimately make the responsible decision for our planet when you need to travel. 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. Less, a Bullfrog Power company, is Air Canada’s official offset provider. Less is ranked as the highest quality offset provider by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute.