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It is with great pride that we announce the 2021/2022 SBM Board of Directors.

Welcome to SBM's newest board members!
Ayda Allahgholipour
Cindy Choy
Erin Crawley
Alex Fleming
Peter Kidd
Tanya Palson

They join returning board members:
Stephanie Zubriski – Chair
Curtis Hull – Vice Chair
Sidney Secter– Treasurer & Secretary
Aynsley Dueck
Daniel Lepp Friesen
Dudley Thompson
James Nostedt
Jason Miller
Norman Garcia

Any SBM member can join one of our committees.  Please get in touch if you would like to get more involved in building a sustainable Manitoba.
Find out more about board members


The Canada Greener Homes Grant from the federal government will help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow our domestic green supply chains and fight climate change.


What’s available through the initiative?

Up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy efficient retrofits to their homes, such as better insulation
EnerGuide evaluations (worth up to $600) and expert advice to homeowners so they can begin to plan their retrofits
Recruitment and training of EnerGuide energy advisors to meet the increased demand; this will create new jobs across Canada.

Requirements for the Initiative:

Homeowners must:

  • complete a pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluation (residents of Quebec and Nova Scotia need to apply directly through their provincial programs to book their EnerGuide evaluation);
  • complete at least one retrofit that is both eligible and recommended by their energy advisor in their report. Only homeowners who conduct at least one retrofit will be reimbursed;
  • provide and keep copies of all of their documents until March 31, 2028; and
  • ensure that all products must be purchased in Canada. Online purchases are only eligible if they are ordered from an online distributor located in Canada.

What is eligible for reimbursement?

Once homeowners have completed their retrofits, they can seek reimbursement for:

  1. Up to $5,000 total for the implementation of eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020.
  2. Up to an additional $600 for the cost of their pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations. They will not be reimbursed for the pre-retrofit evaluation unless they continue through the full Greener Homes Grant process.

Please note that EnerGuide evaluations completed prior to December 1, 2020, are not eligible for reimbursement.

Find out more


Thank you to everyone who came out to the AGM last week!  It was a huge success.

We had a nice meeting where we reviewed the successes of the year.  Some highlights include: 
  • We continued to develop our advocacy committee. We have regular meetings with Winnipeg City Councillor Brian Mayes regarding the City of Winnipeg's Climate Action Plan, have published op-eds on sustainability issues in the Winnipeg Free Press, and are working with Efficiency Canada.
  • Recognizing that there was a gap in available training for sustainable building practices, we convened a committee to discuss the issue with industry stakeholders. SBM committed to serving as a hub for available training in the future. We also participated in the meetings regarding the development of energy advisor training with the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA), Prairie House Performance, Red River College and more.
  • We ended the year with a small deficit, but this has since been made by with a grant form the Winnipeg Foundation in partnership with the Manitoba Eco Network and sponsorships.
image of the Zoom call and gather town space during the AGM portion.  All sponsor logos were on the floor of the Gather space
Then there was some social time where people could catch up with colleagues and provide SBM with some guidance.

More opportunities for feedback to come!
graphic of the gather twown space and people talking in small groups while looking over SBM's objectives
It was great to see folks mingle and enjoy our AGM Bingo! The event had great energy, thank you so much to everyone who attended!


The City of Winnipeg's Sustainability Office is hiring a Green Building Specialist and Sustainability Planner.

Please share with potentially interested parties.

The closing date for applications is June 9th, 2021 for both positions. 
Full Job Descriptions


A last minute scheduling conflict, along with a generally Zoom-fatigued membership means we have decided to postpone our annual sustainable building tours until September. 

Mark your calendars now for Wednesdays at noon in September, because we have a great mix of buildings to tour lined up for you!  You'll get to travel to other parts of Canada, Northern Manitoba, the USA and Europe.

Looking forward to touring with you all in September!


The Conscious Builder- The Design and Build Industry is Fueling a Culture of Wast (+what we can do!) with Katie Storey
35 min

Did you know that 500 million tons of construction and demolition debris is generated annually in the US? Did you know that each year 12.2 million tons of furniture and furnishings end up in landfills?

Those are big numbers! The good news is that the Good Future Design Alliance is developing a solution. Founder, Katie Storey, joins us today for an interview to give us more information. In this conversation we talk about making the shift to a career you love no matter what stage of life you are in, the amount of waste in the design and building industry, the GFDA's mission to reduce waste, and the impacts if we don't change.

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. 
Click Here To Get Your Membership Now


For more events in our community that will expand your knowledge and add to your skills, please visit our events calendar.
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