This section contains case studies of community programs primarily from across North America. It includes a broad sampling of programs to offer a wide variety of approaches and tools used, locations, types of organizations and participants, activities being promoted and problems being addressed. Most of these case studies illustrate approaches that have worked. However, examples of potential pitfalls are also included to provide you with a realistic map of the terrain ahead.
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This comprehensive, long-term approach combines education, training, behavior change and goal setting with progress tracking, recognition, continuous improvement and social media to reduce energy use in schools, hospitals and other institutional settings. Designated a Landmark case study in 2013.MORE »
Congestion charges were introduced in Stockholm in 2006 as a “trial”, followed by a referendum. The charges reduced traffic across the cordon by 20%, leading to huge congestion reductions all over the city. Perhaps more surprisingly, the initially hostile opinion turned, and the referendum led to permanent reintroduction of congestion charges. The traffic effects have proved persistent in the years since.MORE »
Since 2010, Cool Choices has inspired employees to embrace sustainability through an innovative game model. Organizations in sectors as diverse as commercial construction, health care, manufacturing, U.S. primary and secondary schools, and law have had game participants save hundreds of thousands of dollars and avoid tons of pollution annually because of sustainable choices made in Cool Choices games. Post-game independent evaluations have found statistically significant savings in energy (median electrical household savings of 6%) as well as savings in water usage - with the vast majority of sustainable practices continuing a year later.MORE »
The City of Burlington Ice Rink Arena energy competition employed a low cost community based social marketing approach to significantly reduce energy consumption, associated greenhouse gases (GHG) and energy costs. This approach generated a program return on investment (ROI) of more than 96%. It is applicable to any energy consuming asset (facilities and buildings, vehicle fleet) and is scalable. The approach successfully modified entrenched, long standing staff behaviour towards the desired behaviour of energy conservation, improved facility performance, extended equipment life cycle without sacrificing facility service levels and user satisfaction.MORE »
CAC's HSBC Clean Air Achievers programs provides youth with a chance to meet high profile athletes and be inspired by personal messages to adopt healthier, more active and sustainable lifestyles. The program has dual goals of reducing air pollution and increasing physical activity levels via active transportation.MORE »
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