by Chantal Brundage
Chantal (Dalgliesh) Brundage [left]
graduated the MES program with the Diploma in Business and Environment in Fall
2005. Her MES program focus on small business and the environment build on
early research conducted during her Honours BA in Environmental Studies from
I graduated the MES program with a completed Plan of Study in Small Business and Environmental Practices. Shortly afterwards, I was very fortunate to meet representatives from the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) who were seriously considering developing an energy and environmental conservation program for their members. This opportunity to implement the findings of my MES education resulted in my contribution to the creation of greenTbiz which I currently manage today.
greenTbiz develops and delivers energy and
environmental conservation programs which have benefits to the
environment, while improving the bottom line of the businesses and properties
within the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs). As greenTbiz is a program of
the TABIA, its programs are available to 60 BIAs who
in turn represent 25,000 small business and property owners in the City of
Some of our successes include coordinating the largest LED exterior
lighting application in
In less than a year, greenTbiz has acquired support of all levels of governments due to our energy and environmental conservation efforts. Aspects of our success can be attributed to the appropriate approaches to conservation implemented in the BIAs and with their members that were analyzed during my MES research.
greenTbiz has just begun to make an impact on the energy and environmental conservation potential within the BIAs and will continue to strive to ensure BIA members are considering energy conservation for all their business practices. For more information about greenTbiz, please visit our website or contact me at Chantal[AT]greenTbiz.org or 416-697-9000.