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Living Locally

How you can help REAP recognize Leaders

October 05, 2015

The Be Local Awards are REAP’s way of recognizing the great work being done within its network.

Now, for the first time ever, YOU can nominate the businesses you think go above and beyond when it comes to demonstrating local leadership in the following categories:

Empowering Communities Leader, award presented by Vibrant Communities Calgary
Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC) is on a mission to reduce poverty in Calgary. Key to this is supporting businesses that pay their employees enough to achieve a basic level of financial security given the current cost of living – in short, a Living Wage. In Calgary a Living Wage is calculated as $18.15 per hour without health benefits, or $17.00 per hour with employee health benefits.

The Empowering Communities Leader recognizes the importance of an adequate wage, while also investing in an employee’s resiliency, capacity and assets. The winner also demonstrates an intense interest in the community’s economic and social well-being.

Community Economy Leader, award presented by Thrive
Thrive is Calgary’s community economic development network, cultivating an environment in which participants can connect, learn, dream and act to create a resilient economy that combines social goals with business outcomes.

The winner of this award is actively invested in the local economy and the community. Whether through neighbourhood revitalization and other resident-led initiatives, having a local or sustainable purchasing policy, or collaborating with fellow REAP businesses, a Community Economy Leader knows its roots.

Encompassing Energy Leader, award presented by Bullfrog Power
Bullfrog Power is Canada’s leading provider of green energy. Many REAP businesses are bullfrogpowered, drastically reducing their carbon footprint while supporting the development of renewable energy alternatives.

The Encompassing Energy Leader is focused on best practices and responsible energy use. It employs energy efficiency methods such as alternative transportation, energy efficient appliances, or operating out of a LEED or Built Green-certified building. This business is also making efforts to offset carbon and incorporate green energy such as solar, wind power or green natural gas.


Click here to nominate a deserving REAP business before October 16, 2015 at 5 pm Mountain Time.
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