About Love Environment Inc.
Geoff Love is an environmentalist who has worked as a waste diversion and climate change consultant across Canada and internationally for over 30 years. He is President of Love Environment, a small, specialized Canadian environmental consulting company. The firm works in three main areas:
- Waste diversion and EPR (extended producer responsibility);
- Environmental and Climate Change Program Strategy, Planning and Development; and
- Environmental and Sustainability Recruitment.
Established in 2002, Love Environment provides environmental business, organizational development, strategic planning and project management expertise to private sector, public sector and not-for-profit clients.
Recent / Current Projects and Activities (January 2016)
- In the past 24 months, Geoff and his partners at HR Logic have secured five placements. We helped the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) - for a second time - hire a new Vice-President of Sustainability. We helped hire a Waste Diversion Communications Specialist and a Social Media Communications Specialist for Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO). We also supported Electronic Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) in securing an experienced Research Associate, to re-fill a position that HR Logic had initially hired for in 2011. In the fall of 2015, we supported Totally Green Inc. in their search for a new CEO. Totally Green has over 150 "ORCA" on-site aerobic digestion technology installations currently in Canada and the US. The new CEO is responsible for leading the aggressive growth strategy for the ORCA technology system across North America.
- Love Environment was retained by Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) and the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) in 2014 to support them in finding their first Director of Operations for the British Columbia Printed Paper and Packaging Stewardship Program. The new hire – a veteran of recycling and waste management industry in the lower mainland area of BC – started in September 2014.
- Throughout 2015 (and into 2016), Love Environment has been a sub-contractor to HDR and Kelleher Environmental in the development of a long-range (25 year) waste management plan for the city of Toronto. Love has been responsible for working with Kelleher on the core elements of the waste diversion and extended producer responsibility components of this plan, including evaluating (and scoring) detailed program options and projecting capital and operating cost estimates and waste diversion impacts.
- As a sub-contractor to Kelleher Environmental, Love Environment helped conduct a research study for the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (based on in-depth interviews with leading municipal and private sector curbside recycling program operators across Canada) on options for determining and allocating current and future recycling costs within Material Recycling Facilities (MRFs).
- Love Environment was retained throughout 2014 – as part of the Gies & Associates BC Project Team - to support the implementation of the BC printed paper and packaging plan prepared by the team for Multi-Material British Columbia and Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance. The plan was approved by the BC government in April 2013 and the same team worked throughout the next 18 months for CSSA to help launch the new program in May 2014. This is the first 100% producer responsibility program for printed paper and packaging (PPP) in North America. Love Environment was a member of the original team of consultants retained by MMBC in the fall of 2011 to analyze the current state of recycling and prepare options for an EPR program for PPP in BC. We were retained again in 2012 to prepare the detailed program plan for government approval. Love’s work on the project was completed with the hire of MMBC’s Director of Operations.
- Love Environment was retained throughout 2013 – again as part of a Gies & Associates team – by Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) and CSSA to prepare a Waste Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for approval by the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment. The final plan was submitted to the Saskatchewan government on August 6, 2013. The Saskatchewan plan is based on a shared funding model whereby printed paper and packaging producers in the province will pay 75% of efficient and effective curbside and depot residential recycling program costs, with the balance being paid by municipalities. The Minister approved the Plan on December 30, 2013 and the program is scheduled to begin in 2015.
- Throughout late 2013 and into 2014, Love Environment – under sub-contract to Kelleher Environmental – supported the Regional Works Commissioners of Ontario (RWPCO) in two main areas: preparing a 2 day information workshop/detailed municipal response to Ontario’s draft Waste Reduction Act (Bill 91) and preparing a business plan for an on-going municipal resource capacity for Extended Producer Responsibility issues in Ontario. The Bill 91response was submitted in September and was prepared for RWPCO in association with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Municipal Waste Association (MWA), with funding support provided by Waste Diversion Ontario’s Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF). The Ontario municipal EPR resource centre is scheduled to begin operation early in 2015.
- Late in 2013, Love Environment – again in collaboration with Kelleher Environmental – prepared a comprehensive industry response to Ontario’s Bill 91 for the Coalition for Effective Waste Diversion in Ontario (CERWO). The CERWO coalition represents over 20 different Ontario and national associations comprised of 40,000 businesses, 908,000 employees and over $315 Billion in annual sales.
- 2015 was the fourth year of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Canada's report card on provincial, federal, and territorial governments' progress in establishing effective EPR policies and programs. 2015 was our third fully scored report and for the first time, a jurisdiction – British Columbia – received a "top honors" A score. The results of the report card were announced at the joint Recycling Council of Alberta & Canadian Stewardship Symposium conference held in Banff Alberta in September 2015. Geoff is one of the co-founders (along with six other leading practitioners in the field) of EPR Canada. In 2016, EPR Canada will be issuing "occasional papers" on topics of importance to the progress of EPR across Canada. Our fourth – and final – fully scored report card will be completed in 2017 (reflecting progress in 2015 and 2016) and the results of that report card will be released in the Fall of 2017.
Active Volunteer Boards & Committees:
- Co-founder Extended Producer Responsibility Canada (2012-2016)
- Vice-Chair city of Stratford Energy & Environment Advisory Committee (2015-2016)
- Citizen Representative to the city of Stratford’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee (2014-2016)
- Founder and President of Cycle Stratford (2014-2016)
- Fundraiser supporting the Kawartha Land Trust’s “Robert Browne Memorial Trail” (2014-2016)
Recent Articles & Presentations
- BC Tops EPR Canada Report Card with First Ever A – October/November 2015
Co-authored article for Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine by Barbara McConnell and Geoff Love
- BC Printed Paper & Packaging Stewardship Program – across British Columbia – throughout 2013-4
“Workshops and webcasts across BC in preparation for the May 2014 program launch”
- Workshop on Bill 91 and Extended Producer Responsibility in Ontario – Markham, Ontario – Aug 2013
“Municipal Response to Bill 91” – workshop conducted (with Kelleher Environmental) for the Regional Works Commissioners of Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Municipal Waste Association
- Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) – across Saskatchewan – spring/summer 2013
“Community & stakeholder workshops and webcasts across Saskatchewan (with Gies and Associates) to solicit stakeholder and public feedback and input to the waste packaging and printed paper plan”
- Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine - Toronto - Fall 2013
"BC and Quebec Top Canadian Governments in Actions to Make Producers 100% Responsible" - Co-author.
- York University Environmental Studies Graduate class – Fall 2012 / 2013
“EPR Challenges – internalizing environmental costs and designing for the environment”
- British Columbia Ministry of the Environment sponsored producers workshop in Toronto, Ontario – Spring 2012
“The changing characteristics of the Residential Recycling Stream and the impacts on Producers and Municipalities”
- EPR Canada Press Conference – Vancouver BC – Summer 2012
“EPR Canada releases the results of the first Canadian Report Card on Extended Producer Responsibility for post consumer product and packaging waste”
- Recycling Council of Alberta – Jasper, Alberta – Fall 2012
“Progress on EPR in Canada – What’s working & not working in Ontario”
- Waste Symposium – Toronto, Ontario – Fall 2012
“2011 Report Card on Extended Producer Responsibility Polices in Canada”
- Porter: One family's environmental Love story, By Catherine Porter, Columnist, theStar.com
- Impacts Of Future Lifestyles On Residential Recycling Programs, Canadian Waste Sector Symposium, Montreal, Nov. 2011
- Solid Waste Management Seminar / EPR Seminar for OECD / Environment Canada, Moscow, Sept. 2011