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POINTS CATEGORIES

EATERYCOMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIAEVENTSCIRCULAR ECONOMYFACILITIES/WORKPLACETHIRD-PARTY PROGRAMSWELLNESSCOMMUNITY


Category: EATERY

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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Plastic utensils be gone!

Work with management to get rid of all plastic utensils (excluding straws for accessibility issues) in your cafeteria. Replace these with utensils for employees to borrow, wash, and return.


RESOURCES

Show us a purchase order for reusable utensils, or a letter from your facilities manager. 250 1
Cafeteria recycling

Put up posters with clear images and/or text of what goes in to each disposal bin


RESOURCES

Send us a picture of your posters in the cafeteria space. 250 1
No more plastic bottles! Remove plastic water bottles as an option to purchase in your building. Show us a letter stating the ban from a facilities manager. 500 1
Green your coffee station.

Take a close look at how your coffee can affect the environment. Source fair trade beans, reusable filters, mugs and cutlery, and eliminate individually packaged milk/cream/sugar.


RESOURCES

Send us the proof of purchase(s) for your sustainably sourced coffee station. 500 1

Category: COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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Submit photo for newsletter Send us some great shots of your team while completing some of the tasks as part of the People Power Challenge. Submit your photos via the website. 50 One per week until October 22 (15 total)
Posters (turn off computers at night) Posters visible throughout the office to encourage staff to turn computers off before leaving the office. Send us a picture of visible posters from around the office. 100 1
#TrashTag

Hold a 20 minute trash cleanup over lunch. Then post a photo, tagged with #TrashTag!


RESOURCES

Send us a picture of your team in action! 100 1
Sign up for People Power Challenge Newsletter Points assigned for every employee who subscribes individually. Individual signs up via website (company name must be entered) OR champion may submit a list of employees to be subscribed. 10 No maximum
All-user e-blast Send a company-wide email to let all staff know that your organization is participating in the People Power Challenge! Forward a copy of the e-blast to us. 250 1
Post to social media. Share a post to your corporate LinkedIn and/or Twitter account highlighting your participation in the People Power Challenge (We will provide a template). Send us a screen shot or link; Tag @TRCA_HQ (Twitter) or Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (LinkedIn). 250 1
Submit case study Share a public-facing case study on a current sustainability project, to highlight that sustainable activities are happening beyond the scope of the competition itself. Submit your case study via the website. 250 One per month (three total)
Senior leader social media post Have an executive — VP or above — post on their personal social media that the organization is competing in the People Power Challenge. Send us a screen shot or link! 500 1
Corporate news release Issue a new release sharing information on your organization’s participation in the People Power Challenge, your sustainability goals, and what you aim to achieve by taking part. Send us a link to the release once it has been posted. 500 1

Category: EVENTS

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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TRCA/PPG events Grab your colleagues and attend any Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) or Partners in Project Green events taking place during the competition. The more of who attend, the better! Send us a list of attendees. 50 Unlimited
Tour a competitor Take a group to tour the facilities of one of your fellow People Power Challenge competitors. Send us a photo of your group on the tour and a description of what you learned! 250 2
Documentary screenings Host a screening of a documentary specific to the theme of the month. We encourage you to hold one screening per month during the competition. Tell us the title of the documentary and date of the screening, and provide a photo from the event. 250 3
Host a tour Showcase your sustainability initiatives by inviting a fellow People Power Challenge competitor to tour your facility or a project you are support/collaborating on in the community. Partners in Project Green will help set up the tour. Provide a description of the tour and a photo for our newsletter. 500 2

Category: CIRCULAR ECONOMY

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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Repair Café

Host a Repair Café: a workshop where employees can bring in household items to get them fixed.


RESOURCES

Send us a photo from the event. 250 2
Clothing swap

Host a lunchtime clothing swap to encourage colleagues to think about the impact textiles have on the environment. Tip: try to hold your clothing swap before the Recycling Collection Drive so you can donate any unwanted items.


RESOURCES

Send us a photo from the event. 250 2
Book swap Host a lunchtime book swap. Send us a photo from the event. 250 2
Introduce a new stream for waste

Some items such as batteries, pens and electronics can be disposed of in unique ways. Create a new waste stream by putting repositories and collection systems into place at your office.


RESOURCES

Send a letter of confirmation from your facilities management 500 5
Communicate your waste diversion

Have a waste audit done so you can see your company’s waste and diversion statistics — then set goals for improvement!


CONTACT US

Send a letter of confirmation from your facilities management 500 1

Category: FACILITIES/WORKPLACE

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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Create a group pledge Create and display an environmental pledge for your department that contributes to the theme of the month. Different teams can commit to different pledges! Send us a picture of your pledge where it’s displayed with your department name. 50 10
Paperless meetings Encourage all staff to attend meetings without any additional (unnecessary) printed material. Only tablets, laptops or your own notebook to avoid access paper usage.  Send us a picture during your team meeting. 50 3
Set printers to double-sided printing Change the default setting on all company printers to print double-sided. Send a letter of confirmation from your IT/facilities management. 100 1
Green your workspace

Spruce up your department’s workspace and send us a picture! (Note that this cannot be an individual picture, it has to be a group!)


RESOURCES

Send before and after pictures of your newly greened workspace. 100 5
Start a sustainability bookshelf Create a communal bookshelf in your office and fill it with books on the environment and sustainability. We can help with some great examples! Send us a picture of your shelf! 100 1
Provide reusable mugs and bottles To eliminate the need for paper cups or plastic bottles, provide your employees with reusable mugs and/or water bottles. We can help you find a sustainable supplier! Send a picture of your employees with their new gear. 250 1
Corporate Survey Include one or more questions about sustainability in a corporate survey, or create a green survey to get employee feedback. Show us your survey. 100 1
Green your common areas

Have your facilities management team add plants to your office common spaces.


RESOURCES

Send before and after pictures of your newly greened office. 250 3
Lower the thermostat on the building’s water heater Save on energy! Change the water heater setting to a lower temperature. Send a picture of the change or have your facilities manager send proof. 250 1
Raise/lower the building thermostat Keep the building at 25 degrees Celsius during the summer to reduce your energy consumption. Send a picture of the change or have your facilities manager send proof. 250 1
Start a green team If you don’t have one yet, set up a volunteer green team/committee within your company to continue your sustainability efforts after the People Power Challenge. Give us a list of your green team members. 500 1
Introduce a telecommuting option Telecommuting saves emissions from travel. Introduce a company policy allowing employees to telecommute for one day (or more!) a week. Send us a letter of confirmation from the authorizing manager. 500 1
Challenge a competitor/Vendor Publicly challenge a competitor or a vendor to join the People Power Challenge — and get them to follow through! You can use your social media and tag their company handle. Show us the tweet/post and their response. 500 Unlimited
Install a bike rack

Have your organization install bike racks, if you don’t have them already, to encourage biking to work.


RESOURCES

Show us proof of purchase with the date. 250 Unlimited
Switch to a green office supplies Switch to a supplier that provides recycled and sustainably sourced materials. We can help with some recommendations! Show us proof of purchase with the date. 500 1
Install EV chargers

Have your company install electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot. We can help with this one!


CONTACT US

Show us proof of purchase with the date. 750 Unlimited

Category: THIRD-PARTY PROGRAMS

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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Municipal conservation programs

GTA municipalities and utilities offer water/energy conservation programs that can help your business reduce resource consumption and lower costs. Get points by taking action to help your bottom line. Contact us and let us know your interest!


RESOURCES

Contact PPG staff. We can set up an introduction with your municipality and get the process started. Already know an incentive program you want to take part in? Let us know and we’ll make sure it counts 500 3
Environmental certifications

Have your business certified! LEED, BOMA Best and B Corporation are a few of the options. We can help you with this.


RESOURCES

Provide documentation of certification process initiation. 500 3
Become a Partners in Project Green member

Join Partners in Project Green (if you’re not already a member)! Let us know you’re interested and we can help you out with details


Contact Saba Khan for details

Membership confirmed. 500 1
Refer another company to become a Partners in Project Green member. Convince another company (a vendor, a competitor) to join Partners in Project Green. The more the merrier! Loop us in so we can help. Referral and membership. 500 Unlimited

Category: WELLNESS

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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Wellness moment before meetings Introduce a new tradition before meetings: a two-minute stretch break, squats, jumping jacks –- be creative! Just make it healthy. Show us a picture of your wellness moment. 50 15
Walking meetings

Get outside! Hold a walking meeting and get those steps in.


RESOURCES

Send us a picture of your team at your walking meeting. 50 5
Team lunch outside Enjoy that sunshine. Have lunch outside! Show us a picture. 50 5
Meat-free catering Use a meat-free catering option for a hosted event or meeting. Show us a picture. 100 3
Introduce corporate rates at a gym If you don’t yet have a wellness incentive program, implement a corporate rate at a nearby gym for your employees. Provide documentation of the program enrollment. 100 1
Source locally Host a local potluck between employees! We can help you source local, seasonal food options to make your dish. Show us a picture of your local potluck. 250 3

Category: COMMUNITY

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION PROOF FOR
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Charity fundraiser Hold a fundraiser for a charity in your local community. Start a $2 casual Friday or something creative. Send us a description of your fundraiser plans. 250 Unlimited
Staff volunteer day Volunteer as a group for a good cause in your community. Send a picture of your volunteering efforts. 250 Unlimited
Fund a capital project

Sponsor a rain garden in a school or build a community pollinator habitat. The sky is the limit! We can help you out here.


CONTACT US

Have a detailed design made. 750 Unlimited