Squamish's Circular Economy Trailblazer Program

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Unlocking Circular Solutions

Closing the intention-action gap

The District of Squamish is transitioning to a circular economy, aiming to eliminate waste and promote the continual use of resources. A circular economy is an economic system where waste and pollution are designed out, products and materials are kept in use for as long as possible, and regenerative resources are prioritized. The goal is to prevent waste and minimize the use of new materials and carbon in the production of new goods, thereby creating a more sustainable and efficient local economy.

To achieve a local circular economy, we need collective action to drive innovation and increase participation. Allow us to introduce the Circular Economy Trailblazer Program (the Program), a pivotal initiative dedicated to advancing our community's circular economy goals.

Through the Program, we aim to empower businesses and non-profit organizations to embrace circular economy principles and practices, fostering uptake within the community. Recognizing the commitment of Squamish organizations to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices, we are eager to translate good intentions into tangible actions. Through the Program, discover circular economy solutions tailored to your organization's specific needs.


Interested in Getting Involved?

Who is eligible to participate?

We are looking for businesses and non-profit organizations to join the Program that:

  • Are keen to improve environmental practices and reduce waste

  • Have experience in, or are interested in starting to utilize circular economy practices

  • Have a Squamish business license


Why get involved?

The Program will help participating organizations adopt circular economy principles and practices. Here are just a few of the pivotal benefits of participating in the Program and transitioning to a circular model:

  • Close the intention-action gap - identify circular actions appropriate to your business or organization
  • Demonstrate leadership in sustainable business practices
  • Promote your efforts in reducing waste and supporting your local economy
  • Attract customers who align with your values and sustainability efforts
  • Realize cost savings through efficient material usage and waste management
  • Enhance supply chain reliability and predictability
  • Explore new revenue opportunities through innovative approaches
  • Elevate your brand reputation and foster customer loyalty
  • Qualify for micro-grants to implement recommendations from the Program


How will participants be supported and engaged?

The Program participants will be invited to partake in a series of events and workshops (please refer to the Key Dates in the right sidebar for details). Throughout the Program, participants will benefit from a range of support mechanisms, including interactive group learning sessions, personalized assessments, and implementation strategies, as well as one-on-one coaching sessions. The anticipated time commitment is approximately 25 hours over eight months from May to December 2024.


How to apply?

Complete the application form by midnight on Friday May 31st. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. We will respond to all applicants by Friday June 7th. Participants will be selected for the Program based on sector representation, commitment to participating, and identified ability to implement circular initiatives. By completing the application form, you will also be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of two fantastic prizes:

  1. A $100 gift card to a local business of your choice
  2. One free registration to the upcoming SHIFT program - a cohort-based program for innovators wanting to develop marketing strategies to increase customer uptake of circular and sustainable products and services


Want more information?

Find out more about the District’s circular economy work.

Find out more information about circular economy.


Have questions?

Use the Q&A tab below to ask us anything about the project or email one of the project leads.

The District is leading the project with assistance from WCS Engagement + Planning, Ecoinspire and the Share Reuse Repair Initiative.

Unlocking Circular Solutions

Closing the intention-action gap

The District of Squamish is transitioning to a circular economy, aiming to eliminate waste and promote the continual use of resources. A circular economy is an economic system where waste and pollution are designed out, products and materials are kept in use for as long as possible, and regenerative resources are prioritized. The goal is to prevent waste and minimize the use of new materials and carbon in the production of new goods, thereby creating a more sustainable and efficient local economy.

To achieve a local circular economy, we need collective action to drive innovation and increase participation. Allow us to introduce the Circular Economy Trailblazer Program (the Program), a pivotal initiative dedicated to advancing our community's circular economy goals.

Through the Program, we aim to empower businesses and non-profit organizations to embrace circular economy principles and practices, fostering uptake within the community. Recognizing the commitment of Squamish organizations to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices, we are eager to translate good intentions into tangible actions. Through the Program, discover circular economy solutions tailored to your organization's specific needs.


Interested in Getting Involved?

Who is eligible to participate?

We are looking for businesses and non-profit organizations to join the Program that:

  • Are keen to improve environmental practices and reduce waste

  • Have experience in, or are interested in starting to utilize circular economy practices

  • Have a Squamish business license


Why get involved?

The Program will help participating organizations adopt circular economy principles and practices. Here are just a few of the pivotal benefits of participating in the Program and transitioning to a circular model:

  • Close the intention-action gap - identify circular actions appropriate to your business or organization
  • Demonstrate leadership in sustainable business practices
  • Promote your efforts in reducing waste and supporting your local economy
  • Attract customers who align with your values and sustainability efforts
  • Realize cost savings through efficient material usage and waste management
  • Enhance supply chain reliability and predictability
  • Explore new revenue opportunities through innovative approaches
  • Elevate your brand reputation and foster customer loyalty
  • Qualify for micro-grants to implement recommendations from the Program


How will participants be supported and engaged?

The Program participants will be invited to partake in a series of events and workshops (please refer to the Key Dates in the right sidebar for details). Throughout the Program, participants will benefit from a range of support mechanisms, including interactive group learning sessions, personalized assessments, and implementation strategies, as well as one-on-one coaching sessions. The anticipated time commitment is approximately 25 hours over eight months from May to December 2024.


How to apply?

Complete the application form by midnight on Friday May 31st. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. We will respond to all applicants by Friday June 7th. Participants will be selected for the Program based on sector representation, commitment to participating, and identified ability to implement circular initiatives. By completing the application form, you will also be entered into a draw for the chance to win one of two fantastic prizes:

  1. A $100 gift card to a local business of your choice
  2. One free registration to the upcoming SHIFT program - a cohort-based program for innovators wanting to develop marketing strategies to increase customer uptake of circular and sustainable products and services


Want more information?

Find out more about the District’s circular economy work.

Find out more information about circular economy.


Have questions?

Use the Q&A tab below to ask us anything about the project or email one of the project leads.

The District is leading the project with assistance from WCS Engagement + Planning, Ecoinspire and the Share Reuse Repair Initiative.

  • Thank you for your interest in the Circular Economy Trailblazer Program (the Program). More information can be found here. Your responses will help us better understand your organization's circular economy journey, and how we might tailor this program to meet your current needs and support you in becoming a circular economy trailblazer!


    By providing your consent (refer to the consent section in the application form), the information gathered here will solely inform the Program development. This form is used to collect only business information for the 'Circular Economy Trailblazer Program' (the Program). This program is only for businesses and our intention is not to collect or process personal information. All information collected is subject to privacy legislation and the District of Squamish’s (DOS) privacy policy.


    Complete the application form by midnight on Friday May 31st. It will take about 10 minutes to complete. We will respond to all applicants by Friday June 7th.

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  • Your responses to this 5-minute survey will help us better understand the circular economy journey amongst Squamish businesses and organizations, and how we might tailor the Program to support you in becoming a circular economy trailblazer! 

    At the end of this survey, we provide links for more information about the Program and ways to get involved. 

    By providing your consent (as per the consent section at the end of the survey), the information gathered here will solely inform the Program development. This form is used to collect only information for the 'Circular Economy Trailblazer Program' (the Program). This program is only for businesses and organizations and our intention is not to collect or process personal information. All information collected is subject to privacy legislation and the District of Squamish’s (DOS) privacy policy.

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