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TRUE certification, a zero waste program.

Less waste, higher efficiency, better savings. The TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health.

TRUE is a whole-systems approach aimed at changing how materials flow through society, resulting in no waste. TRUE encourages the redesign of resource lifecycles so that all products are reused.

TRUE promotes processes that consider the entire lifecycle of products used within a facility. With TRUE, your facility can demonstrate to the world what you are doing to minimize your waste output.

A better approach to resource use and facility operations

TRUE does not require big financial investments. TRUE implementation can be as simple as transforming trash bins into recycling bins and fostering a zero waste culture.

Support public health
& ecosystems

With TRUE, you support systems that encourage material reuse and recycling. TRUE is your tool to help eliminate pollution — in our air, water and land — which threaten public health and ecosystems.

Cut your ecological footprint

By participating in TRUE certification, facilities commit to reducing materials, using recycled and more benign materials, longer product lives, reparability and ease of disassembly at end of life.

Advance a green economy

TRUE promotes positive forces for environmental and economic sustainability in the built environment by protecting the environment, reducing costs and producing jobs throughout our economy.

Canadian TRUE Certified projects

Que Pasa Mexican Foods
Delta, British Columbia

TRUE Gold certified

First Canadian TRUE
certified project

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Cintas Distribution Centre
Mississauga, Ontario

TRUE Gold certified

Second project in Canada to earn TRUE certification

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Riverside Natural Foods Ltd.
Vaughan, Ontario

TRUE Silver certified

Vaughan, Ontario facility achieves TRUE certification

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Be recognized as TRUE Advisor

TRUE Advisors are professionals who are trained on the TRUE Rating System. TRUE Advisors understand the requirements of the rating system, help projects achieve TRUE certification and are committed to advancing zero waste values and policies. As a TRUE Advisor, you’ll be the resident expert at your company in supporting and implementing zero waste programs and leading facilities through the certification process.

To learn more about the program, click here to visit the TRUE website now.

About Pricing:
CaGBC members receive discounted pricing for the TRUE Advisor certificate program. To receive membership pricing, please email trueadvisor@gbci.org and provide the name of your organization that is a CaGBC member or provide the CaGBC ID number. You will then be provided with a promo code that you can use during the registration process that will provide the membership pricing.

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