Respect for the Earth and All People (REAP) http://www.belocal.org/ Calgary, AB Act Local First | Business Network / Alliance REAP is a not-for-profit association for locally owned businesses that care about the community and the environment. REAP wants you to “Be Local” because your money does more good when it’s spent at REAP businesses. That money is used to: – purchase renewable energy that keeps our air clean; – reduce waste and conserve resources through recycling and composting programs; – pay Calgary workers a Living Wage so there is less poverty in our communities; – create orchards in areas where people can’t afford fresh fruit; and – spend at other local businesses and non-profits so that we can all prosper. Locally owned businesses spend, on average, 25% more of their revenue locally. This means your money recirculates in Calgary 2-4x and creates more good each time it changes hands. This multiplier effect means you aren’t just supporting one business’ green efforts, you are supporting many. REAP businesses are at the forefront of the new economy, demonstrating that business can make a fair profit while contributing to healthy and prosperous communities.