Cochrane Sustainability News

Progress Report 2010:  Cochrane Is On Track

This January, SPUR (Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources) released a Progress Report that tracks our achievements towards the Targets in the Cochrane Sustainability Plan (CSP).  The Report shows the areas where we’ve made progress, where we’ve accomplished our goals and where we have more work to do. Electronic copies of the Report are available for download, free-of-charge.  Read more.

Cochrane Stepping Stones: Sustainability Training Workshops

Last fall, Peratos Consulting received a grant from SPUR to provide sustainability training for Cochrane businesses and organizations.  That training is now available, with workshops to help CSP Champions with their sustainability planning slated to start this April.  Read more.

Champions in Profile:  Upper Hut Enterprises Ltd.

Upper Hut Enterprises Ltd. was one of the first area businesses to endorse the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, signing on as a Sustainability Champion.  This custom home-building company is committed to sustainability principles in all their projects.  Read more.

Let’s Talk About It

If you have a passion for sustainability, SPUR is making it easy for you to share and learn.  The Cochrane Sustainability Plan website now has a Community section where you can discuss ideas, tips and strategies for sustainability.  There are general discussion areas, as well as private groups reserved for Cochrane Sustainability Champions.  Join the conversation by clicking here! 

Welcome Cochrane’s Newest Sustainability Champions

Back in our November e-news, we reported that SPUR had engaged a total of 13 Champions.  Since then, the number of Sustainability Champions has skyrocketed to 28.  Welcome to: A Glass Act, Arts & Culture Foundation Cochrane, Branches and Banks Environmental Foundation, CHAPS (Cochrane Historical Archival Preservation Society), Calgary IT Inc., Cochrane Chamber of Commerce, Cochrane & Area Humane Society, Cochrane Community Gardens Society, Cochrane Society for Housing Options, Heavenly Outhouse, Home Reno Heaven, Lazy JL Ranching: Butters Beef, Poor David’s, The Summit of Gleneagles Condominium Corporation and Trailblazers Camping & Outdoor Store.  You can read more about their work in upcoming editions of our e-news.  Check out our complete list of Champions here.
Pathway 6:  Healthy and Diverse Economy

The focus of Pathway 6 is about a strong and diverse economy. Saffron Collective Studios and LJ Ranch are two examples of area businesses that are contributing to our economy and quality of life – and at the same time, supporting a sustainable future. Read more. 

Ambassadors in Profile: Stephanie Bennett

Many Cochrane residents will recognize Stephanie as a dedicated teacher at the Cochrane High School, where she helped develop their sustainability initiatives.  But she’s also a key member of the SPUR team, having been involved with the Cochrane Sustainability Plan since its earliest days. Read more.

Recommended Resource:  Eco Tipping Points

A recent issue of Yes Magazine offers some great inspiration for eco friendly initiatives.  The magazine profiles the Eco Tipping Points project, and 100 initiatives that made a real difference, overcoming many obstacles and challenges in the process.  You can read more about these Eco Tipping Points here


In Our Community: Cochrane Trade Show May 7 and 8 

Mark your calendars for Cochrane’s largest annual event.  On May 7 and 8, more than 140 exhibits will be on display at the Cochrane Trade Show.  Showcasing area businesses, local community groups and charities, the event promises something for everyone at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Recreation Centre.  Be sure to stop by the SPUR booth!  Read more

What Are You Up To, Sustainably?

Is sustainability a big part of your life, business or your organization’s goals?  We’d like to hear how you are taking steps to be sustainable.  Send your story to, and it just might be featured in an upcoming issue of the Cochrane Sustainability News!


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