Our Sustainable Community is a social innovation by its clustering of expertise, especially in the context of labour scarcity, and its grouping of (through alglorithms and automisation) of all the costs of certifying a thousand GHG microprojects. Our Offer responds to the demand of voluntary GHG offset demand by citizens, corporations and all levels of government.
Throughout its conceptual development and its implementation, WILL Solutions faced and overcame many challenges through innovation. The table below illustrates the road map that helped us realize the Sustainable Community model. Five critical steps leading to social innovation for us:
2007-2010: Creation of the clustering concept for community climate actions springing from thousands of small organizations. Approval of funding by Technoclimat’s program for a first iteration of the solution.
2009-2012: Development of the open source methodology under the VCS programme until its international recognition by the board of the directors of the programme, the VCSA. WILL revised its concept and methodology 28 times over a period of 26 months until obtaining a unanimous consensus of all parties and international experts. Following the approval, WILL set up its first Sustainable Community project, an international first.
2014-2019: Already in 2014, WILL presented to the Quebec Minister of the Environment and the SPEDE an interface solution, in order to encourage a just and democratic participation of all parts of civil society to the climate change challenge, based on social and environmental justice. In real terms, this means the recognition of hundreds GHG-reduction microprojects completed on Quebec soil.
2017-2019 : when the VCS programme was updated for a 4.0 version, WILL took a firm stance to defend the largest participation of civil society to the climate change challenge, specifically in regards to small emitters’ GHG reduction microprojects, with the building as a calculation perimeter, grouped together as clusters. WILL maintained the conditions of the Monitoring Report in place in the 3.2 version of the 2012 VCS programme. In its newest 4.0 version, WILL upholds the authorization of overlapping Monitoring Reports only for the new PAI of grouped projects combined with strict trackability conditions. WILL’s two positions are motivated by its belief in environmental and social justice and the broadest possible participation.
The stakes in 2019: the progression of WILL allows us today to respond to a specific community need that of a technological update of our Sustainable Community programme. In particular, we will integrate GHG reductions linked to transportation utilizing buildings for our calculation perimeter and with the help of digital objects, AI and block chain technology. This will allow us an even greater participation to fight climate actions, with even more rigour while reducing the cycle of our cohort from 2.5 years to 12 months.