These actions are team related and should be completed prior to the program start dates as well as during the campaign.
Subscribe to the Bi-Weekly People Power Challenge Newsletter (50 points per subscription)
PPG will distribute an exclusive People Power Challenge newsletter every two weeks, providing fun and educational resources, highlights from participants, quizzes, event information and much more!
Engage Your Team with the PPG (50 points per new contact login)
Ensure your staff have access to PPG Member resources and perks! Add other employees to your company profile on the PPG website, up to the maximum number of Members included in your Membership. If you have a large list, PPG can upload it for you via CSV. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for directions.
Send Out an All-User E-Blast (250 points email)
Send out an organization-wide email to share the great news that you are participating in this year’s People Power Challenge! Also acceptable: post about the People Power Challenge on the home page of your intranet. There is an email template in the Champions only section of the website.
Post Your Participation on Social Media (500 points per post)
Post on your social media that your organization is competing in the People Power Challenge. Use the Social Media Template (link below). Include a photo and tag TRCA on Twitter or Linkedin.
Tag TRCA: twitter.com/TRCA_HQ, www.linkedin.com/company/trca
Use Hashtag: #PPC2022
Attend TRCA Events/Webinars (150 points per registrant)
Grab your colleagues and attend TRCA/PPG events throughout the duration of the competition – the more individuals who attend from your organization, the better! This applies to virtual and in-person events.
Link to Events Page:
Link to PPC Event Registration:
Successfully Refer an Organization or Individual to Become a PPG Member (750 points per referral)
Encourage another company or individual to join Partners in Project Green as a member. The more the merrier! Loop us in so we can help.
Link to the Membership page: partnersinprojectgreen.com/about-us/membership/
PPG Contact: Ozit Bittner at email@example.com
Update Your Sustainability Board (250 points)
Whether it is a cork board or digital screens, take time to update your organization’s sustainability boards to share the People Power Challenge with your staff. There are poster templates in the Champions-only section of the website.
Download poster template:
Social Impact at Home
Buy Local, Seasonal, and Fairly Traded Foods (150 points per entry)
Buying local supports our communities, helps the environment, and contributes to a healthier lifestyle by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Upload an image of your purchase(s).
Take Part in Local Decisions (150 points per entry)
On October 24, 2022, the Province of Ontario will hold a Municipal Council and School Board Election. Become civically engaged by learning about who is running, understanding their position on things that matter to you, and participating in the electoral process.
Attend a municipal campaign event, get to know candidates in your riding, and make your vote count.
Upload a selfie at an event or share a screen grab showing something you learned about your municipal candidates.
Volunteer at a Community Based Organization (150 points per entry)
In every neighbourhood, there are those in need of support, whether it is monetary, mobility, or other forms of care. Learn how you can help your neighbours by getting involved:
1) Learn where your local Food Banks and/or Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities are
2) Volunteer your time
3) Champion a donation drive
4) Provide financial support for a local organization
Upload a selfie of yourself donating your time, support, or financial aid to those in need.
Learn about Canada’s Indigenous History (150 points per entry)
Increase your Indigenous knowledge or engage in hearing Indigenous stories and voices. Read a book, visit an Indigenous site, or take a course on Indigenous history.
Upload a picture of yourself reading a book by an Indigenous author or visiting and supporting a local Indigenous group or program.
Learn about the Land you Live, Work and Play on (150 points per person)
Learn about the Importance of Bodily Autonomy (150 points per entry)
Learn how body autonomy is more than a “”woman’s issue”” and how it affects marginalized people at a higher rate. What is body autonomy and what does it mean for individuals? How can these issues affect us locally and globally?
Upload a selfie while watching a film or reading a resource that talks about bodily autonomy.
Learn about Privilege (150 points per entry)
“Privilege” refers to certain social advantages, benefits, or degrees of prestige and respect that an individual has by virtue of belonging to certain social identity groups. Review the provided resources and think about how your privileges impact your life.
Upload a selfie while reviewing one of the provided links.
Connect with GTA’s Cultural Heritage (150 points per entry)
Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village (BCPV) and/or the Kortright Centre for Conservation and connect to local heritage or conservation lands in the GTA. Members of Partners in Project Green (PPG) plus 4 guests (up to 5 people) can visit Black Creek Pioneer Village or Kortright Conservation Centre for FREE from July 1-Sept 5. Just share proof of employment at the gate.
Upload a photo of yourself at KCC or BCPV
Note: All PPG visitors who wish to take advantage of this special pricing must complete their booking in person at BCPV and reserve online at KCC when they choose to visit. All visitors must show proof of employment at a PPG Member organization.
Explore your Neighbourhood (150 points per entry)
Explore your neighbourhood and visit a community-based initiative (e.g., Community Gardens, local bike paths and trails, Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plans areas).
Upload a photo showing you exploring your community or taking part in a local SNAP program. Research local initiatives and visit them. Check to see if you are part of a SNAP area.
Re-Purpose Unused Items (50 points per entry)
Have items you no longer need, or need something you don’t have? Keep items out of landfill and join the gift economy by joining your local Buy Nothing group!
Upload a photo of the item you gifted or received
Pursue EcoSchool Certification (50 points per entry)
EcoSchools Canada works to nurture environmental leaders, reduce the ecological impact of schools, and build sustainable school communities. Find out if your local schools, school boards, or districts are members of EcoSchools and if your schools are certified.
Upload a screenshot of the email sent to council or a photo of your meeting.
Discover and support local equitable companies (50 points per entry)
Support businesses owned by visible minorities, LQBTQ+, Indigenous peoples and women.
1) Shop local. The money you spend stays within the community.
2) Support marginalized groups. Help fight generations of inequality, systemic racism, and sexism.
3) Support innovation. Some of the most iconic and innovative products were started as small local businesses.
Upload a photo of your purchase or share a screenshot of your review supporting a local business.
Help a neighbour in need (50 points per entry)
Discover how you can help your neighbours and community in simple ways like mowing a lawn, getting groceries for those without a car, helping with childcare, or listening to someone’s story.
Tell us what you did to help a neighbour in need.
Random Acts of Neighbourly Kindness (50 points per entry)
There are all kinds of things you can do to bring more kindness into your neighbourhood. Here are four ideas to get you started!
1) Buy someone a coffee behind you in the line
2) Create a Little Free Library or find one in your neighbourhood or add to one that already exists
3)Clean up your neighbourhood
4) Become a mentor.
Tell/Show us what was your random act of kindness.
Social Impact at Work
Host an event for Global Goals Week (250 points)
Host an event at your organization for Global Goals Week – an annual week of action, awareness, and accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals taking place between September 16 -25. This is a fantastic opportunity to share the SDGs with your staff and how participating in the People Power Challenge is helping people take actions towards the goals!
Upload a photo of your event.
Participate in National Flight of the Monarch Day (250 points)
On Saturday, August 20, 2022, communities and organizations across Canada will come together for a day of summer fun to celebrate one of North America’s most cherished insects!
Flight of the Monarch Day is a nationwide event to recognize the iconic monarch butterfly. Join the network of communities across Canada and be part of the movement to protect and raise awareness for the monarch butterfly. Upload a photo of your event.
Start an Employee Food Garden** (500 points per garden)
Give your employees an opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest from a company garden. Company gardens enhance sustainability, improve employee health and wellness, attract and retain high-quality candidates, give back to the local community, and garner positive press.
Upload a photo of your company garden.
Donate from your Employee Food Garden to a Local Food Bank (500 points per donation)
Part of volunteer engagement is giving back. Giving back to the environment can come from starting a food garden. Giving back to the community can come from sharing your bounty with those less fortunate. Show us how you take your company food garden even farther by giving a portion of your produce back to those who need it.
Upload a photo of your donation to a local food bank
Promote Professional Development (500 points)
Job satisfaction rises when people are confident in their abilities and when they feel like they are being invested in. Review your learning and development policies and employee time spent in learning and development activities and show what is working and what can use some tweaks.
How many hours are allotted per employee for professional development?
Develop an Employee Volunteer Program (500 points)
Celebrate the skills and talent of your colleagues by developing a program to allow staff to volunteer at local non-profits or other organizations during company time. This not only helps employees improve their skills and feel good about themselves but also strengthens the work of other organizations, helping them to achieve their missions.
What steps have you taken to create a volunteer policy or program?
Demonstrate Employee Volunteering in Action (500 points per event)
Already have an Employee Volunteer program in place? Fantastic! Share your policy or program details, or an image of volunteering in action.
Upload an image of your team engaged in your corporate volunteering program or a copy of your employee volunteer policy/program.
Use Local and/or Businesses Owned by People from Equity Deserving Groups to Cater Corporate Events (500 points per event)
Do you know who in your area is a sustainable restaurant/caterer? Do you know who pays their staff a living wage or is woman-owned, minority-owned or indigenous-owned? Find a local eatery that falls into any of these categories and order a team lunch from there. And don’t forget to celebrate them on social media.
Share an image of your meal or share a screenshot of a positive review you posted.
Days of Awareness – Learn about Others (500 points)
Start a Days of Awareness calendar and investigate cultural and social days of importance in Canada and around the world. Assign team members to discuss a particular event and help educate others on its importance. Knowledge is power.
Share a copy of your calendar or how you embrace and engage on a particular day of importance.
Incorporate Wellness at Work (500 points per program)
Making going back to work (or even working remotely) a more healthy, enjoyable experience increases productivity, retention and team building. Try a pre-meeting stretch, meditation, team lunches, or team walking meetings to keep people energized and healthy.
Share an image of something you are doing to help your team be healthier and more energized.
Stand up for fairness and peace** (500 points)
Provide anti-racism training for your employees and/or host a movie night with a film on gender justice
Enter the number of staff who completed anti-racism training.
Plant a Monarch Friendly Garden** (250 points)
Plant a monarch-friendly garden at your workplace and create a space that is not only beneficial to pollinators like bees and butterflies but is also fertile grounds for lifelong learning.
Upload a photo of your monarch-friendly garden.
Start a “Box of Happiness” (250 points)
Start a campaign to get your team engaged with how they feel and to take a pause when they are feeling good. For every moment of gratitude or happiness, team members can donate a loonie to the Box of Happiness. Then take the money you collect and donate it to a charity that will help others spread joy.
Share an image of your Box of Happiness and Where your donation spread joy.
Include Salaries in Job Postings** (250 points)
Pay transparency is one of the simplest and fastest ways to prevent unconscious discrimination in hiring practices and close the pay gap. Check to see if your organization includes pay band information in all job postings. If not, advocate for change with your HR department.
Complete the form – Does your organization post pay bands with all job postings? Yes/No
Baseline Your Organization’s Gender Diversity** (250 points)
Calculate the workforce gender distribution per the Global Reporting Initiative.
Upload a screenshot of your baseline or Sustainable Report with gender distribution.
Train staff on Gender-Based Analysis +** (250 points)
GBA+ is an analytical process used to assess how diverse groups of women, men, and gender-diverse people may experience policies, programs and initiatives. By completing this course, you will learn to define the key concepts of GBA+ and recognize how various identity factors can influence the experience of federal government initiatives. Learn to identify how GBA+ can enhance the responsiveness, effectiveness and outcomes of federal government initiatives while applying some foundational GBA+ concepts and processes.
Enter the number of staff who completed the GBA+ course
Climate Action at Home
Get an Energy Action Plan (150 Points per entry)
Start your retrofit journey if you are a homeowner by creating using SaveOn Energy’s handy eight-question quiz to create your personalized Energy Action Plan. Implement one action from that plan and show us how you are proactively making your home more energy efficient.
Upload a screenshot of your Energy Action Plan or share a photo of an energy-saving step you have taken.
Learn about incentives for Zero Emission Vehicles (150 points per entry)
Make sure you are up to date on all the incentives available for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) so that the next time you are in the market for a new car you can make the best decision for yourself and for the environment.
Upload a screenshot of an incentive you looked up.
Plant a Rain Garden (150 points per entry)
Rain gardens fill with stormwater and allow the water to slowly filter into the ground rather than running off into storm drains, and eventually into streams and lakes. Rain gardens reduce peak storm flows, helping to prevent stream bank erosion and lowering the risk for local flooding. With climate change comes more floods so this beautiful addition to your home can also help mitigate climate change impact. Upload a photo of your rain garden.
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient (150 points per entry)
Implement an energy-efficient upgrade – anything from unplugging your laptop to changing your furnace to a more efficient option counts!
Other ideas: change all lightbulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs, book a maintenance check on your furnace, or weather strip your doors and windows.
Bonus – check to see if you are eligible for the Canada Green Homes Grant, the Energy-Affordability Program, or the Home Efficiency Rebate.
Upload a photo of your energy-efficient upgrade.
Install an Air Source Heat Pump** (150 points per entry)
Install an air-source heat pump and increase your efficiency and savings.
An air-source heat pump draws heat from the outside air during the heating season and rejects heat outside during the summer cooling season. These are the most common in the Canadian market, with over 700,000 installed units across Canada.
Upload a photo of your Air-Source Heat Pump installation.
Green Your Commute (150 points per entry)
As society moves back to the office or hybrid situations, find ways to reduce climate-polluting emissions:
1) Limit idling
2) Use public transit
3) Cycle or Walk
4) Try a staycation instead of a road trip or flight vacation
Share a selfie of you greening your commute.
Learn How to Have Productive Conversations about Climate Change (150 points per entry)
It can be tough to talk with people who are sceptical about climate change! Use this chatbot from the David Suzuki Foundation, CliMate, to get coaching on climate conversations in a quick and fun way.
Upload a screenshot of your chat with CliMate.
Hyperlink CliMate to: https://www.messenger.com/login.php?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.messenger.com%2Ft%2F5794733873%2F%3Fmessaging_source%3Dsource%253Apages%253Amessage_shortlink%26source_id%3D1441792
Encourage Government to Take Action (150 points per entry)
Individuals, corporations, and all levels of government need to come together to turn the tide on the climate crisis. Call, write or email your local, provincial, and federal representatives on a climate issue that matters to you. Upload a copy of your email or letter to your pollical representatives.
Eat a Climate Friendly Meal (150 points per entry)
Eating less meat will reduce Earth’s heat, as the David Suzuki Foundation says! Make one dinner that is vegan. You can complete this activity multiple times.
Upload a photo of your climate-friendly meal.
Make a Meal Plan for the Week (150 points per entry)
Meal plans reduce waste, save time and money, and make the dreaded “what should I make for dinner?” question disappear! Some quick tips – use your go to meals, not fancy new recipes. Save your meal plans (and your grocery lists!) so you can use them over and over again. Only plan for 5 meals a week so if your plans change you can easily adjust. Frozen foods are your friends.
Upload a copy of your meal plan.
Become more Conscious About Your Purchases (150 points per entry)
We live in a world where purchases are a click away and we never see the environmental impact of manufacturing, distributing and eventually disposing of the countless items we buy every year. Check out Sarah Lazarovic’s Buyarchy of Needs and apply it in your life.
Upload an image of something you borrowed, swapped, thrifted or made instead of buying new.
Find Out How Many Charging Stations are in Your Town or City (50 points per entry)
There are more than 5,000 charging ports in Ontario alone, and the Government of Canada has recently announced more funding to install even more. Search the Charge Hub map to see where the charging stations are in your town or city and learn if you could easily charge when out.
Upload a screenshot of your town or city’s map from Charge Hub.
Create an “Eat Me First” Basket for Your Fridge (50 points per entry)
Every 100 pounds of food waste in our landfills sends 8.3 pounds of methane into the atmosphere. Over 20 years, methane has 86 times the global warming effect of carbon dioxide. This super easy idea to stop food waste comes from the Just Eat It movie:
- Repurpose a plastic bin or basket
- Label it: “Eat-me-first”
- Add sad-looking produce and foods approaching their “best before” dates
- Find and share recipes that incorporate bin items
Upload a photo of your Eat-me-First bin.
Stop Single Use Items (50 points per entry)
As of Dec 2023, Canada will stop the sale of all plastic bags and takeout containers. This will eliminate more than 1.3 million tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic. Champion the stoppage of all single-use items by bringing your own reusable alternatives when you eat out or demand reusable tableware.
Upload a photo of you using your sustainable alternative to single-use plastic while dining out or getting takeout.
Grow your Own Food (50 points per entry)
Whether you have a little garden plot or a container garden on your balcony, growing your own food is rewarding! Plus it contributes to local food security and reduces food waste, and saves you some money at the store. Easy ones to start with are herbs, lettuces, cherry tomatoes, peas and beans.
Upload a photo of your homegrown vegetables.
Climate Action at Work
Establish your GHG Inventory & Baseline Period** (500 points)
Determine the carbon footprint of your organization by calculating your Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. Once you have collected your annual GHG emission data, establish your baseline period.
Share a screenshot of your GHG analysis.
Set a GHG Reduction Target** (500 points)
Once you have identified your baseline period, set a GHG reduction target to be achieved within a specific timeline.
What is your GHG reduction target, and when will it be achieved?
Install an Energy Monitoring System** (500 points)
Install an energy monitoring system (EMS) at your workplace to track your energy consumption and collect interval data.
Upload an image of the EMS installation
Implement the 7 Steps of Energy Management (250 points)
Watch the videos on Energy Management & Low Carbon Transportation and audit your own organization to see which of the seven steps still need to be implemented in your workplace.
Share with us the Energy steps your organization is working on. Get 250 points per step.
Conduct a Climate Change Risk Assessment** (500 points)
Conduct a risk assessment to identify the risks that climate change presents for your organization. Identify the strategies you will implement to prevent, manage, and/or adapt to these risks.
Upload a screenshot of your risk assessment.
Develop a Climate Change Action Plan** (500 points)
Create a plan that outlines the specific actions that will be taken for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Upload a screenshot of your action plan.
Install an EV Charging Station** (250 points for each step)
Have your company install electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot.
1) Meet with the appropriate team to discuss the benefits of installing an EV charging station.
Contact us for resources!
2) Create a schedule and plan for the installation
3) Complete the installation of the new EV chargers
1) Upload a photo of your meeting with the appropriate individual/team.
2) Upload a copy of your schedule and plan for the installation.
3) Upload proof of purchase with the date.
Green your Fleet** (500 points)
According to the Government of Canada, the transportation sector is responsible for 27 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. Light-duty vehicles – the cars, vans and light-duty trucks we drive – are responsible for almost half of that total. Green your fleet by incorporating low or zero-emission vehicles, implementing a green fleet action plan, and/or implementing driver awareness and training programs.
Upload a photo or screenshot of your zero-emission fleet vehicles, your green fleet action plan, or your driver training program.
Implement Sustainable Procurement Policies** (250 points for each step)
Sustainable procurement means taking the social and economic impacts of purchased goods and services into account and their environmental footprint. Work with the relevant departments in your organization to create a policy.
1) Meet with the relevant departments and obtain approvals to commence policy creation / add additional items or enhance requirements
2) Set your core procurement criteria and draft policy / enhance policy
3) Finalize and implement policy
1) Upload a photo of your meeting with the relevant departments.
2) Upload a copy of your core procurement criteria and draft policy.
3) Upload a photo of the final policy or purchase made through the policy.
Implement an On-Site Stormwater Management Solution** (500 points)
Climate change results in more frequent and heavier storms. Protect your building and the surrounding community by installing a rain garden, bioswale, wetland or stormwater pond, a green or blue roof, or depaving part of your parking lot.
Upload an image of your on-site stormwater management solution.
Practice Sustainable Salt Management** (250 points)
Update your procurement policy for winter maintenance contractors! Salt is a critical component of any good winter maintenance plan to reduce accidents, injury, and mortality associated with icy and snow conditions. But applying too much salt shortens the life of pavements and hastens the corrosion of building materials and vehicles. Salt applied to parking lots and roads also pollutes groundwater, damages roadside vegetation, alters the hydrologic properties of soils, and finds its way into streams and rivers, where it harms fish and other aquatic life. Unless salt reduction has been on your radar, chances are you are using too much salt in your winter maintenance practices.
Upload a brief case study on how you reduced salt use on-site.
Participate in a Material Exchange** (250 points)
Do you have office equipment or other materials that are in good condition, but that you no longer need? Participate in a Material Exchange, where we work with you to find organizations that can use that material, so it avoids ending up in a landfill!
Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reduce Water Use** (250 points)
Water is a vital resource that is often taken for granted in the workplace. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a new pipe system, understanding how to manage your water use efficiently can help reduce environmental impacts and save costs. Use the resources on the PPG GreenBiz Resource Hub and take action to improve your water use!
Share one step you are going to take to reduce your water consumption.
Provide Staff Education Opportunities on Sustainability Topics (250 points)
Contact PPG staff to learn more about training and education opportunities for your staff. Programs include: Rain to Runoff; Gardening in a Changing Climate; Invasive Species at Home; Microplastics: Tiny but Dangerous; Rain Gardens 101; Sustainable Balcony Gardening; Understanding Urban Rivers; Winter Road Salt and more!
Upload a photo of your event. email@example.com