Amy is passionate about business sustainability. For 15 years she has worked as a researcher, trainer and consultant in sustainable procurement, waste management, and greenhouse gas management with some of Vancouver’s best-known business sustainability programs. She works to build community and partnerships to move sustainability deep into businesses. She founded LOCO BC to engage local businesses in building an economy based on relationships and self-reliance. Her bias for local is based on the principles of sustainability – that local businesses enhance our community, connect and support us, and enhance wealth and employment by circulating dollars many times between businesses.
- Built awareness of the importance of government procurement from local business.
- Connected businesses to create deep relationships and encouraged local businesses to buy from each other.
- Raised awareness of local economy in the region and the province.
- Launched a common Buy Local Week in Vancouver and British Columbia.
- Lead development of a group benefits plan for small businesses.
- "Buying Local: Tools for forward-thinking institutions" - Centre for Civic Governance, January 2014
- "Local Purchasing Just Got Easier" - Digital Journal, January 2014
- "LOCO BC’s zero heroes get tough on business waste" - Vancouver Observer, October 2012
- "LOCO BC empowers local businesses to be environmentally sustainable, socially engaged, and profitable" - Vancouver Observer, February 2012
- "Vancouver's 'Buy Global' Practices Cost Local Jobs, Say Critics" - The Tyee, June 2012