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Join the next Lunch and Learn TOMORROW
November 18th at noon

Did you know that according to Statistics Canada, construction, renovation and demolition waste accounts for about 12% of all solid waste generated in Canada and that only an estimated 16% of construction waste is reclaimed?

Join this talk to hear how the Waste Reduction and Recycling Support (WRARS) Program is working and where it could go in the future.

Join this talk to hear about the outcomes of the Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development report on ways to increase recycling of construction waste and how it might impact you.

Join this talk to learn how to identify and pursue opportunities for reducing, recycling and/or diverting construction, renovation and demolition waste.


Mike Fernandes

Over his 25+ year career, Mike has successfully completed numerous projects in a wide range of sectors both within Manitoba and across Canada. Mike holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics from the University of Winnipeg, an M.B.A. from the IH Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, and a “no formal certificate, but plenty of valuable lessons” from the school of running your own small business.

Members get 50% off the ticket price, and tickets are free for students.

Get your ticket for tomorrow now


Case for Green Schools YouTube Highlights

Did you miss The Case for Green Schools Lunch & Learn?

As promised, it is up on YouTube in its entirety OR as a shorter highlights version.

Think we should be building more sustainable schools in Manitoba?  SBM has put together a letter you can send to MLAs in a few easy clicks.

Advocate bringing back Green Schools now!

Click to easily send a letter to your elected MLA. Please customize the letter as you wish by including more about what motivates you to send this letter to advocate for sustainable schools.

Advocate now!


Efficiency Canada's Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecards will be released tomorrow.  Keep an eye on #EEScorecard2021 for more details.

Last year Manitoba was in 6th place nationwide.  How will we do this year?

A full rundown will be provided in the next SBM newsletter!


The Delphi Group is working with the Canada Green Building Council to profile key pathways that will equip the green building ecosystem with insights into the workforce and supply chain needs across the building retrofit economy. These pathways will inform a larger green building industrial strategy.
In addition to engaging key stakeholders through focus groups, workshops and key informant interviews, the Canadian Green Retrofit Economy Study will focus on the following key outputs to be completed by Q1 2022: 
  • Determine the workforce and supply chain opportunities presented by the building retrofit economy. 
  • Identify by Province/region the necessary occupations, skills, workforce qualifications, technologies, materials, and products. 
  • Provide insight on the commercial success factors to accelerate low-carbon building retrofits.
If you have questions about this study or would like to be notified of opportunities to participate, please fill out this short form.
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It is not too late to sign onto the open letter SBM put together directed to the City of Winnipeg.

Over the past year, SBM has been meeting with various officials within City Council and the City's administration to discuss how to move forward on building sustainability issues and the Winnipeg Climate Action Plan.

Based on our assessment of the City’s operations, we’ve identified three things that could increase the City’s impact:
  • The Office of Sustainability (OOS) should report to the highest level possible within the city. This will ensure that a climate action lens is applied to all decision-making. We suggest they report to the Chief Administrative Office (CAO).
  • To be successful in meeting its climate targets, and to reflect the importance of climate action and other matters of environmental stewardship, the Office of Sustainability needs substantially more personnel and an increased budget.
  • A Community Advisory Council on sustainability should be created, and a coordinator position should be created within the Office of Sustainability to manage it.
SBM is asking organizations across the city to become signatories to this letter to support progress on climate action in Winnipeg.

If you would like your organization to sign on please reach out to for more information.


At COP26, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill unveils an ultra-sustainable high-rise concept that aims to transform cities into intricate networks for absorbing carbon.

Urban Sequoia, the conceptual net-zero structure employs carbon-storing materials such as bio-brick, hempcrete, timber, and bio-crete that reduce the carbon impact of construction. Taking cues from rooftop gardens, the building’s facade and “gray” surfaces can be covered with biomass and algae, which captures up to 1,000 tons of carbon per year, the equivalent of 48,500 trees. This can be converted into biofuel that can power heating systems, vehicles, and industrial processes, effectively creating a “carbon-removal economy.”

Though Urban Sequoia can exist autonomously, the concept towers should ideally take root in neighbourhoods equipped with similar carbon-capturing technology. It’s no easy task—most buildings are highly inefficient, and decarbonizing them amounts to a tremendously complex task. Still, decarbonization is catching on as a crucial way for cities to combat climate change.
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Following an international open call, exemplary projects were selected for a virtual reality online exhibition of the world's greenest buildings as part of global climate summit COP26. The projects demonstrate the opportunities to tackle the climate change emergency and limit the environmental impact of buildings and cities.
See the buildings


All BRACE courses are being offered for free. Registration is now open for the first course, Climate Change 101, offered on November 4th.

The Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) / Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT) will offer 18 introductory climate change courses for all sectors this winter. These courses will give engineers, planners, geoscientists, Northern businesses, and Indigenous organizations a shared foundation of the most up-to-date climate science information. In the new year, the BRACE/MCRT infrastructure sector will offer three courses of particular interest to engineers, geoscientists, and infrastructure decision-makers: 
  • Infrastructure Climate Risk Assessment and How to Conduct an Assessment Featuring PIEVC
  • An Introduction to Climate Change through Codes, Standards, and Regulations
  • Nature-based Infrastructure Solutions to Enhance Resilience
In addition to the above courses, anyone is welcome to take any of the courses led by the other BRACE/MCRT sectors, including:
  • Core Principles in Climate Change Risk Assessment
  • Indigenous-led Climate Change Solutions
  • Communicating Climate Change
  • Business Continuity Planning and Climate Change
  • An Introduction to Cost-benefit Analysis
Click here for course details and registration.


Wednesday, November 24
8:00 am – 4:30 pm with a cocktail reception to follow
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park 1405 St Matthews Ave

Featuring Keynote Speaker Linda Coady, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, this year’s conference will focus on pathways to a net-zero future, focusing on the following topics:

  • Environmental Social Governance
  • Economic and Environmental Recovery
  • Indigenous Pathways to Sustainability
  • The Next Generation: Students in Environmental Studies
  • Local Examples of Net-Zero and Carbon Greenhouse Gas Awareness
when registering let them know you're a member!
Conference agenda
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Manitoba Women In Trades has announced its second annual conference.

The purpose of this conference is to:
March 16, 2022 (7:30am-4:00pm)
More info


Building Talks Net Zero Podcast | Views from COP26 - the mood from industry leaders in Galsgow

This week Building’s reporter Tom Lowe speaks to construction attendees in the ‘Green Zone’ of COP26 for the Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day, including Gregor Craig, Skanska UK chief executive, and Hannah Vickers, Mace’s chief of staff.  

Craig explains how attending COP26 and meeting so many people striving for net zero in construction has left him optimistic that companies can find mechanisms to collaborate and solutions that will have an impact at scale.

Vickers, who is also on the Construction Leadership Council steering group, talks about how construction will need to work closely with the energy sector. She also goes into detail about Mace’s own corporate strategy to reduce emissions, such as zero diesel construction sites, and how the biggest impact for the sectors’ overall carbon footprint is going to be through reducing clients’ emissions.

Listen Here


Sustainable Building Manitoba Membership, building a community of solutions

SBM members are a critical part of the advocacy, education and promotional work on sustainable building in Manitoba.


Remind yourself of all the member benefits.


SBM is proud to be the independent voice for Sustainable Building in Manitoba - which is only possible with your participation.

Help build a strong and engaged sustainable building community. 
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