Occupant Engagement & Events

At CD Sonter, we engage occupants through meaningful, thought-provoking sustainability events that leave a lasting impact. Our goal is to educate and motivate tenants, and increase participation in your property’s sustainability programming. Our events encourage conversation around current environmental challenges and solutions.

Ranging from sustainability-themed training sessions to large scale custom events, our team of experienced engagement professionals are able to provide tailored solutions to engage tenants, staff, and visitors at your property.

Why host events?

  •  To foster a positive work environment with lively events.
  • To improve landlord-tenant relations.
  • To promote stewardship and enhance public relations.
  • To launch new environmental programs.
  • To qualify for sustainability certification credits and awards.
  • To participate in environmental celebrations such as Earth Month, Canadian Environment Week, Waste Reduction Week, etc.​
  • To educate occupants and visitors about the property’s sustainability initiatives.

Event ideas:

  • Trashion – Where Fashion Meets Trash
  • Zero Waste Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Green Team Meetings and Workshops
  • Webinars
  • Sustainability Newsletters
  • Tabletop Lobby Events
  • Custom Sustainability Art Displays, Sculptures, and Installations
  • Recycling Collection and Donation Drives
  • Tenant Awareness, Satisfaction, or Transportation Surveys

Consider planning your events to coincide with commonly celebrated environmental awareness dates, such as:

Earth Hour - March
The World Wildlife Fund’s worldwide Earth Hour event to raise awareness about climate change first started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. It is now an annual event held on the last Saturday of March from 8:30 to 9:30pm, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. In 2012, Earth Hour celebrated its “largest event to date with more than 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories switching off their lights, and with hundreds of thousands of people accepting an ‘I Will If You Will’ challenge to take their commitment to the planet beyond the hour. With the power of social networks used to promote the campaign, Earth Hour is working towards an interconnected global community committed to creating a more sustainable planet”.
World Water Day - March
World Day for Water is an initiative that was adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. World Day for Water is celebrated every March 22 with the annual campaign theme changing every year to continue to raise awareness and action about the various water conservation issues.
National Wildlife Week - April
Canadian Wildlife Federation established National Wildlife Week (NWW) to celebrate Canada’s conservation movement. NWW falls every year during the week of April 10, in honour of the birthday of Jack Miner, one of the founders of Canada’s conservation movement.
Earth Day - April
Earth Day was first recognised April 22 1970. It is now celebrated in over 175 countries with businesses and individuals taking part in Earth Day and Earth Week events. Earth Day is a time to reflect, bring awareness and action to the multitude of environmental issues. It is also a time in which we can all choose to create and participate in various eco-friendly themed events and initiatives.
International Day for Biological Diversity - May
May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. To support the diverse issues, each year a different theme is highlighted.
Canadian Environment Week - June

Canadian Environment Week (CEW) is an annual event held during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day (June 5). CEW challenges Canadians to do more to protect and preserve Canada’s environment.

The Commuter Challenge - June
The Commuter Challenge (June 3 – 9) is a Canada-wide event held during Canadian Environment Week celebrating active and sustainable transportation. It promotes friendly competition among organizations and cities with the goal of seeing who can achieve the highest percentage of employees out of single occupancy vehicles and into healthier and cleaner modes of commuting such as walking, cycling, transit, carpooling, vanpooling and teleworking.
World Environment Day - June

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. WED is one of the principle vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention action.

Clean Air Day - June

Clean Air Day is an annual celebration on June 6 to “increase public awareness and action on two key environmental priorities: clean air and climate change. By utilizing a collaborative, decentralized approach, CAD has become the focal point for a wide variety of like-minded environmental, health and transportation activities all across the country” (Clean Air Day).

World Oceans Day - June
World Oceans Day is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the health of our oceans. The Government of Canada proposed the concept of World Ocean Day at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The day had been celebrated internationally ever since. As of 2009, June 8 has been officially declared by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day.
National Forest Week - September

National Forest Week highlights the important role of forests in our daily lives. National Forest Week is a time to celebrate Canadians’ connection with our forests.

Waste Reduction Week - October

Waste Reduction Week raises awareness about the environmental and social ramifications of waste and the 3Rs. Waste Reduction Week events are developed and delivered by the 13 different recycling councils and sister organizations across Canada. The event is held celebrated annual during the third week of October.