Tools & Resources

Sustainable Tourism

Government Resources

Environment Canada—Clean Air Online. The Government of Canada has introduced a number of programs to improve environmental performance in the transportation sector, and to help you to reduce air pollution associated with your activities on the road. This website directs you to the various programs and resources offered by the government.

Environment Canada—Water Efficiency/Conservation. This site outlines the role of water conservation in addressing problems related to water use and water quality.

Environment Canada—Water Conservation: Every Drop Counts. These pages outline the role of water conservation in addressing problems related to water use and water quality. It also shows what part you can play as a residential consumer in finding solutions.

Natural Resources Canada EnerGuide provides detailed information on energy-efficient appliances and heating and cooling systems, allowing for comparison of products that are sold in Canada. In addition, this site provides detailed information on money-saving opportunities through the purchase of products that are kind to the environment.

Natural Resources Canada has also produced a document on possible energy saving opportunities in the hospitality sector, Energy Innovators Initiative (Hospitality Sector): Saving Energy Dollars in Hotels, Motels & Restaurants (2003).

Natural Resources Canada also provides tips in relation to water conservation and how better use means bigger savings.


bluebio Green Solutions remove the hassles, the hazards and the mess of dealing with FOG (fat, oil & grease) and food wastes from food services operations. These green Solutions for FOG & Food Waste can assist in protecting the environment, supporting the community and saving you money.

TerraChoice Environmental Marketing is North America‘s premiere environmental marketing agency that helps grow the world‘s most sustainable companies. TerraChoice help clients convert genuine environmental leadership into winning strategy, communications and positioning.

Industry Associations and Partnership Organizations

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is a national marketing organization with a vision to compel the world to explore Canada. The CTC conducts industry research and studies and aims to promote product and industry development. The CTC website houses a large media centre, with many stories focusing on ‗green travel‘ and sustainable tourism initiatives within Canada.

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is world’s oldest and largest ecotourism organization. TIES is committed to promoting the principles of ecotourism and responsible travel.

The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership) is a coalition of 27 organizations working together to foster increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles.

Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is the voice of Canadian tourism and encourages the development of tourism in Canada. TIAC represents the interests of the tourism business community nation-wide. It successfully influences government thinking and action on behalf of Canadian tourism businesses, promoting positive measures that help the industry grow and prosper. TIAC exists so that tourism is a strong, competitive, sustainable growth industry.

Yarra Valley Water has developed water wise education programs for on-site visitors, providing ideas to engage water users on-site and create water wise culture.

Non-governmental Organizations

Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) is an award winning education and certification program that helps organizations and businesses protect the environment while enhancing their bottom line. ACSP members include resorts and golf courses.

Climate Change Saskatchewan has compiled a list of tips to help you in reducing emissions when driving. To view this extensive list please visit

The David Suzuki Foundation aims to educate Canadians on how simple changes in our everyday lives can help slow climate change. Their website has information on Climate change and what you can do to help, both at home and at work, and provides information on how you can go carbonneutral.

Dalhousie University‘s Eco-Efficiency Centre helps small- and medium-sized businesses identify opportunities to reduce their energy, water and waste management costs.

Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international certification and labelling system that guarantees that the forest products you purchase come from responsibly managed forests and verified recycled sources.

Freecycle is a web-based service that aims to reuse and keep good stuff out of landfills. Membership in this network is free.

Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of third-party, environmental performance recognition, certification and labelling organizations founded in 1994 to improve, promote, and develop the “ecolabelling” of products and services.

Green Tourism Business Scheme is a national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK that aims to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of sustainable tourism in the future.

The Icarus Foundation is a not-for-profit environmental, policy, research and education organization focused on sustaining a climate friendly tourism industry. The Icarus Foundation provides practical information, programs and research that encourage and enable hosts and guests to minimize the greenhouse gases generated by tourism activity.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society. The ISO 14000 family is concerned with various aspects of environmental management systems.

National Geographic Society‘s Green Guide provides information on environmentally sensitive products, and buying guides for many products. You can also sign up for their free monthly E-newsletter.

Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Tourism Stewardship Council (STSC) is a proposed global accreditation body for sustainable tourism and ecotourism certification programs.

SeaChoice is a comprehensive seafood markets program with the primary goal of realizing sustainable fisheries in Canada and abroad. They use the best available science, strategic communications and partnerships to mobilize sustainable seafood markets. To learn more about their programs please visit their website

Sustainable Travel International promotes responsible travel and ecotourism, by supporting sustainable development, and helping travelers and travel providers protect the cultures and environments they visit. You can sign up to receive their free monthly e-newsletter, Responsible Travel Report by visiting –

Sustaining Tourism – provides many resources relating to sustainable tourism charters, declarations and codes; tourism accreditation and certification; ecotourism and ecotourism products; responsible tourism; tourism awards; coastal sustainable tourism; and climate change and carbon offsetting.

World Heritage Tourism Programme encourages sustainable tourism operations and practices at World Heritage sites.


Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Business Development Program help entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada access the capital they need to start-up or expand a business. ACOA also coordinates programs designed to stimulate the development and commercialization of new technologies and the climate for business growth in the region.

Environment Canada‘s EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Funding support can be requested for projects that have an action focus, a community capacity building focus, or a combination of both objectives. Private sector organizations are not eligible applicants, but are encouraged to partner with non-profit organizations.

Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency offers federal grants and incentives to homeowners, small and medium-sized businesses, industry and public institutions.

Transat In 2007 Transat set up a program to provide financial assistance to communities in destinations that they serve. They support organizations in their implementation of projects aimed at protecting and enhancing their regions‘ natural and cultural heritage, or maximizing the positive socio-economic impacts of tourism, while drawing inspiration from the principles of sustainability. For more information on funding opportunities please visit

David Suzuki Foundation. 2008. What You Can Do: Go Carbon Neutral

Environment Canada. 2009. Freshwater Website: Quickfacts.

Natural Resources Canada. 2007. From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007.

Natural Resources Canada. 2009. Better Water Use Means Bigger Savings.

Natural Resources Canada. 2009. Commercial and Institutional Organization: Simple Payback Calculator (Lighting).

Natural Resources Canada. 2009. Office of Energy Efficiency: Energy Star in Canada.

TNS Canadian Facts. 2007. Canadian travellers express willingness to change their travel

behaviours owing to environmental concerns. Accessed March 15, 2009.

Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Canadian Tourism Commission and Parks Canada. 2008. Green Your Business: Toolkit for Tourism Operators. Marr Consulting Services

Provincial Information

New Brunswick

Efficiency New Brunswick

This provincial agency provides education resources and funding support to create greater energy efficiencies for residential and commercial users.

NB Power

Provincial energy agency – this site provides information on how to access your bill and track power consumption as well as tips on reducing power usage.

NB Solid Waste Association

The New Brunswick Solid Waste Association is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and furthering the principles of solid waste management in New Brunswick. Made up of volunteer members of the regional Solid Waste Commissions and Corporations in the province, they have been actively involved in numerous environmental issues surrounding solid waste and waste diversion.

UNB Environment & Sustainable Development Research Centre

University research centre dedicated to improving environmental sustainability in NB and beyond.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland Power

Agency provides great information on saving energy and links to provincial and federal grant/loan programs to upgrade homes and businesses.