Case Studies

The CRI Council is pleased to recommend the following documents to help learn more about resources, sustainability or how to tunnel through the barriers, real or perceived.


Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation

A framework for improving corporate decision-making.

The CEV Guide is a framework designed to enhance business understanding of the benefits and value of ecosystem services like fresh water, food, fiber and natural hazard protection, intended to become mainstream in decisions on economics, by allowing us to achieve benefits for our environment and for businesses themselves”.


By the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

CRI Final Report July-6-10

This position paper presents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Construction Recycling Initiative (CRI) task group: A volunteer group formed specifically to examine the state of gypsum recycling

in the National Capital Region, and to help turn this deplorable situation around. And in so doing improve our record on municipal waste, and our environmental impact.

By the Construction Recycling Initiatives Task Group, now the Construction Resource Initiatives Council

Gypsum as an Agricultural Amendment General Use Guidelines

This guide which can be downloaded from The Ohio State University’s website at discusses agricultural and land application uses of the material, application rates, economic considerations, and handling,sampling, and storage information; it is intended for use by farmers, university extension agents and agricultural consultants. This information guide was produced with grant funding from U.S. EPA, but it is not an EPA publication and it doesn’t reflect EPA guidance/policy. Also, it’s about the general use of gypsum in agriculture. It’s not specific to recycled gypsum from processed drywall.
By Dr. Warren Dick, from the Ohio State University

Let’s Climb Another Molehill

An Examination of Construction, Demolition and Renovation (CRD) Waste Diversion in Canada and Associated Greenhouse Gas Emission Impacts

By the Recycling Council of Ontario

Towards a GREENeconomy

Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

A Synthesis for Policy Makers

By United Nations Environment Program, 2011 (UNEP)

Urban Salvation

As waste streams grow and natural resources dwindle, demand for salvaged materials will rise.

We are surrounded by a sea of discarded materials that can be reused in building construction.  Think of all those political signboards that we see at election time outside private houses and in other prominent locations. Temporary signs are often made of corrugated plastic that could be used as siding or insulation.

By Mark Gorgolewski, Ryerson University, Toronto

Smart Construction

Economical Building Solutions to Offset Soaring Material Prices

Despite major escalations in construction material prices, smart contractors have a tool belt of tactics to offset the soaring costs. This paper will give you 10 insider’s tips for building smarter, saving money and getting the most out of a contractor in today’s economy.

By Leopardo Construction, Chicago IL,


Architects are clearly concerned about this topic, but are increasingly becoming aware of the time and resources used in the search for reliable information. This article will assist by highlighting information sources and tools that can help in the search. It will also discuss the relative importance and environmental merits of structural and envelope materials. But perhaps more important will be an effort in the article to step back and look at the broader questions of what constitutes ‘green’, and what sustainability means in the context of building design decisions and material choices


By Wayne Trustee for OAA, MAA, AANB, CMHC

Solid Waste Management – Labour Market Research Study 2010

ECO Canada Labour Market Research investigates current environmental skill and labour trends within the environmental profession and provides up-to-date, timely and relevant insights that can be applied in policy, business, and educational contexts. ble at


By Eco Canada

The 2010 World’ s Worst Pollution Problems Report identifies the Top Six Toxic Threats, and describes the scope and health impacts of each pollutant…


By the Blacksmith Institute in collaboration with Green Cross Switzerland

The Outlook and Opportunity for Type III Environmental Product Declarations in the United States of America

The use of environmental product declarations is sweeping the globe, and will create a legal barrier to trade unless the US develops its own EPD structure. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are ecolabels that measure and disclose the environmental performance of products, much like a nutrition label. The experience in France and in Japan in developing mandatory economy-wide EPDs provides a model to be followed, one that includes legislation, a national database, and sector-specific rule development, all of which exist in embryonic state in the US. The US can and should take up this important work in order to maintain its global competitiveness and to achieve cost-effective environmental improvement.


By Rita Schenck, Institute for Environmental Research and Education


End-of-Life Technology: Do policies and plans on e-waste make a difference to your business?
This white paper is prepared by Ontario Electronic Stewardship to demonstrate that  E-waste planning:

• helps businesses save money.

• creates more environmentally responsible organizations.

• helps create jobs.


By Ontario Electronic Stewardship

Utilizing Wood Waste from CR&D and Urban Forestry

created by Ross MacLeod

World Construction Waste Reduction Around the World


sustainable-capitalism manifest


Developing Construction & Demolition Waste Recovery in Philadelphia
ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) Key Issue Paper on Waste Prevention, Waste Minimization and Resource Management
Construction and Demolition Waste Management in Germany