Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

June 07, 2007 14:05 ET

CHF Canada's Winnipeg Annual Meeting's Showcases Co-Op Housing's Environmental Sustainability

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) - From small steps like recycling and composting to big projects like installing solar panels, housing co-ops are leading many other forms of housing in environmental sustainability. They're installing energy-efficient appliances and windows, changing to energy-saving light-bulbs and more. And they're sharing their successes with other co-ops.

The theme of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada's (http://www.chfcanada.coop/) annual meeting in Winnipeg, June 7 to 9, is "environmentally active, environmentally aware."

Over the last year the organization worked with The Natural Step Canada (http://www.naturalstep.ca) to begin to educate and help member co-ops improve their environmental sustainability.

Kelly Baxter, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada will be the keynote speaker on June 9 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Members will also have the chance to take part in workshops on various aspects of environmental sustainability. Other highlights of this sustainability initiative include a roundtable discussion and brainstorming session on how co-ops can make the best choices to become more environmentally sustainable.

The organization's focus on the environment coincides with the Canadian Environment Week (http://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=09B7E8E7-1) June 3 to 9.

Environmental sustainability is an important part of CHF Canada's look to the future, as they develop ways to help housing co-operatives prepare for the end of their operating agreements with the government.

CHF Canada is a national federation representing 900 housing co-operatives across Canada. More than 2,200 non-profit housing co-ops are home to a quarter of a million people in 92,000 households. In Manitoba, there are 47 housing co-ops and over 3,000 units of co-op housing.

Contact Information

  • Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
    Merrilee Robson
    Program Manager, Communications and Government Relations
    (604) 512-2696 (cell) or (204) 957-4356 messages
    Email: mrobson@chfcanada.coop