Since 2008, IGA grocers have partnered with Jour de la Terre to implement several action programs in their communities:
- Distribution of ecological items
Fonds Éco IGA is making it easier to adopt sustainable habits by distributing items to residents of Quebec and New Brunswick to reduce their ecological footprint for a modest fee.
- À vos frigos workshops
Over 10 000 people sensitized and equipped to fight against food waste! Since 2015, a workshop tour to help citizens reduce household food waste led by a chef from La Tablée des Chefs and an expert in food waste has been offered across Quebec. Since 2016, lunch-time conferences held in various organizations have been added to the tour.
- Residual waste management
A voluntary program set up to support IGA grocers in optimizing the management of their waste, in collaboration with Jour de la Terre.
- Action Réduction certification
Jour de la Terre developed Action Réduction certification, a certification adapted to the realities of Quebec food stores. With it, Jour de la Terre helps IGA stores achieve optimal waste management by highlighting store efforts in waste management and supporting stores in achieving the objectives set by the Quebec government. The highest levels of certification are Platinum and Diamond. Certification also promotes food donations to community organizations with the addition of a “+” sign added to the certified participating store’s level.
- Regular projects
From 2008 to 2014, Fonds Éco IGA offered a financial grant to municipalities, RCMs, ENGOs and educational institutions for the implementation of an active transportation and 3RV project.
SEVERAL HUNDRED PROJECTS FINANCED THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE, INCLUDING:
- Abitibi-Témiscamingue: Acquisition of a specialized apparatus for recycling fluorescent lightbulbs, CFER La Renaissance
- Lanaudière: Bécik jaune - deployment of a self-serve bike system in the region of Joliette, Maison des jeunes, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies
- Outaouais: Distribution of 1,000 drinking water and energy conservation kits, City of Gatineau
- Laval: Construction of floating islands to protect the geographic areas inhabited by the tortoises in the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Éco-Nature, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
- Gaspé–Îles-de-la-Madeleine: Establishment of a recycling and composting program, Îles-de-la-Madeleine Hospital
- Estrie: Establishment of an industrial composting facility, Université de Sherbrooke
- Montreal: Used battery collection program, Mercier neighbourhood (Hochelaga-Maisonneuve)
- Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: Purchase of bike racks, Société de développement de Saint-Honoré
- Montérégie: Riverbed cleanup at five sites on the Richelieu River, Comité de concertation et de valorisation du bassin de la rivière Richelieu
- Laurentians: Acquisition of a commercial dishwasher and reusable dishware, Terre-Soleil school
In 2018, Fonds Éco IGA also celebrated its 10th anniversary by going completely electric with a contest to win the use of a Tesla Model 3 by an IGA customer, as well as with the electric conversion of the first refrigerated home delivery van. A total of four refrigerated electric vans were awarded to IGA grocers as part of a contest.