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Helping Small and Medium Businesses Go Low Carbon

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Jun 12, 2018 12:00 EDT - Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT
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Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT - Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT
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Jul 11, 2018 06:00 EDT - Aug 3, 2018 06:00 EDT
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Aug 3, 2018 06:00 EDT - Aug 27, 2018 12:00 EDT
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Aug 27, 2018 12:00 EDT - Sep 10, 2018 12:00 EDT
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Sep 10, 2018 12:00 EDT
What initiatives, products, services or tools can help Ontario’s small and medium-sized businesses thrive while reducing their emissions?

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), employing 1-499 people, are the core of the economy in the Province of Ontario, Canada, and will be critical to the low-carbon economy of the future. However, SMEs face many barriers to taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, such as the cost of inputs – particularly electricity, unpredictable revenue streams, tight margins, time pressures, and capacity gaps.

 

Tailored solutions and strategies are needed to better assist Ontario’s SMEs in the transition to a low-carbon economy. This contest seeks to solicit a broad range of possible solutions to help SMEs reduce their direct and indirect GHG emissions while helping them thrive (e.g., by growing, increasing profitability, improving employee retention, etc.). 

*Note: Due to recent political events, Province of Ontario’s cap & trade program was ended— the proceeds of which went to funding these kinds of emissions reduction programs. As a result, the Centre for Social Innovation will likely no longer be able to provide financial support to the winners, but putting a spotlight on these solutions and supporting them in other ways has become all the more important. The winning solutions will be promoted and celebrated widely, and receive free one-year memberships at Climate Ventures, the Centre for Social Innovation’s climate solutions incubator in Toronto.

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28 Proposals
CREATE Proposal
Jul 19, 2018
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Establish, sustain and operate a non-profit “Think Tank” of “matured professionals collective intelligence” for purposes of GHG reduction.
Jul 18, 2018
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An activist’s tool to nudge companies to take positive actions to reduce CO2 emissions.
Jul 17, 2018
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Embedding divergent perspectives into the design processes of high-growth innovators to create scalable pathways for positive disruption.
Jul 17, 2018
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With a common fund, the SMEs can master key challenges such as reducing greenhouse gas emission
Jul 11, 2018
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Small and Medium Business Enterprise (SME) can leverage waste to lower their carbon footprint and reduce their operating expense
Jul 11, 2018
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Before they were SMEs they were ambitious start-ups. We will develop the resources to help start-ups grow into a low carbon SME
Jul 11, 2018
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Improvement of conventional wind turbines through design, arrangement and mounting to provide energy systems with higher efficiency.
Jul 11, 2018
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The Distributed Resources Web App will show simply and accurately how much SMEs can save with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).
Jul 11, 2018
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One-on-one support combined with group dynamics removes barriers for small businesses to execute sustainability actions.
Jul 11, 2018
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Our service is a last mile delivery service that operates via a network of hubs and a network of zero-emission transportation modes.
Jul 11, 2018
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Creation of a training program and resource kit to help SME employees carpool, bike, walk or take transit more frequently.
Jul 11, 2018
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Clean Energy for SMEs with heating, cooling and compressed air using incoming water flow and reduced GHG emissions, while saving costs.
Jul 11, 2018
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Concentrated Solar Energy, can be efficient and very effective in Canada, in combination with Absorption Chillers and Geothermal Energy.
Jul 11, 2018
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A single biodigester in a commercial kitchen can reduce 1000 Tonnes of CO2e over its lifetime while saving businesses money.
Jul 10, 2018
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Creating an intelligent building retrofit platform to optimize efficiency and decrease energy consumption for any commercial buildings.
Jul 10, 2018
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Through green energy acquisition, SME's become members of a points program that rewards the best practices actions to reduce GHG emission.
Jul 10, 2018
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Equip Ontario cities and their businesses to understand their emissions by sector, size and emission source to achieve reductions & savings.
Jul 10, 2018
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Energy efficient - sensor activated - electrical heating, cooling, air quality control and more - via Universal Ceiling Fan.
Jul 10, 2018
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EcoBusiness Network’s Impact Initiative will provide carbon reduction support for small- and medium-sized businesses in Durham Region.
Jul 10, 2018
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Starting with renewables is cost prohibitive. Practical and lucrative conservation measures generate savings to support such investment.
Jul 6, 2018
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Food wastes (FWs) generated from H&R in cities cause several problems. I propose model for production and marketing of animal feed from FWs
Jul 6, 2018
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Decrease electric power used in electric motor, optimize energy consumption and decrease GHG emission with increase technology generator.
Jul 3, 2018
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SME's use fleets of their own vehicles to deliver or pick-up products. To reduce emissions the uber model will be used for logistics.
Jun 27, 2018
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Pitstop predicts vehicle emissions failures by analyzing connected car data with proprietary machine learning algorithms.
Jun 15, 2018
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Modify existing vehicles to accept various fuel types for cleaner combustion. Also add electric motors to any vehicle with battery options$
Jun 12, 2018
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Shade structures support Solar Panels and provide EV charging for investors.
Jun 12, 2018
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Very light, very cheap, thin lenses of acrylic material already created by me reaching 2000 degree for cheap electricity generation
Jun 12, 2018
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Small business can put a public charger asking customers to plugin while they are shopping or eating at that store.