Barrie business’ speak to Georgian College students about sustainability

On July 13th, ELS was fortunate to participate in a business walking tour with Georgian College Industrial Ecology students. The purpose of the tour was to highlight environmentally-sustainable business practices and Green Leaders with the Explore Lake Simcoe program were a perfect fit.

At the start of the tour, students learned about the Explore Lake Simcoe program, then they embarked upon a walking tour of three downtown-Barrie businesses: The City of Barrie Marina, Bliss Anne Green Yoga and Ripe Juicery.

All three businesses did a great job explaining what they are doing related to environmental sustainability. While the City of Barrie Marina tour focused on the boat wash station and mechanical weed-removal techniques, Anne Green from the Yoga Studio spoke about the rationale behind the selection of building materials, and Ripe Juicery owners spoke about reducing waste through packaging choices and business practices. These three local examples show the power of small business to make a difference.

To learn more about the efforts of these three businesses– visit their profiles on the ELS website:

City of Barrie Marina  –  The City of Barrie Marina & Tiffin Boat Launch has earned both Clean Marine and Blue Flag certification for environmental efforts. Above and beyond the requirements for these two certifications, the following practices at the City of Barrie Marina contribute to water quality protection in Lake Simcoe. Read more.

Bliss Ann Green Yoga  – Walking into the BLiSS Ann Green Yoga studio in Barrie, customers quickly become aware of how sustainable principles are incorporated into daily operations to create an environment that supports both human and environmental health. Read more.

Ripe Juicery  (participant in the #nostrawchallenge) – Looking for an alternative to coffee for breakfast or for a mid-day pick up? A healthy juice, parfait, or bowl may be just what your body is craving. Read more.

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