Participate

As a start-up organization we will be seeking volunteers from across Canada who represent a broad spectrum of willing partners to help us to develop and disseminate information, establish standards of certification, do public outreach and advocacy and generally spread the message of green burial and its benefits.

Right now we are getting the Society’s basic infrastructure in place, our foundation so to speak, upon which we will build a diverse, relevant and active organization.  We will be seeking representation from across Canada in, but not limited to, these disciplines:

  • The environmental design standards ‘community’ with a focus on land use best practices;
  • Consumers;
  • Cemetery operators & funeral service providers,
  • Like minded organizations promoting the adoption of defensible environmental practices;
  • The general public.

If you believe in the purposes of this society and green burial principles in general and believe you have an expertise you may be able to offer please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Join

The GBSC bylaws provide for six categories of membership, which are briefly described here: Fees and Applications are listed in the Fees Section.

Certified Provider Member

A Certified Provider Member is a business, society, organization or other entity that own and/or operate a cemetery, funeral home, crematorium, or alternate form of death care service that satisfies criteria established for one or more levels of GBSC certified provider recognition.
Certified Provider Members are required to renew their memberships annually. Renewal is subject to review by the GBSC certification committee confirming that the member continues to provide services that meet the standards established for their level of GBSC certification.
Certified Provider membership is granted to individual locations only and cannot be conferred on a blanket basis to a business or organization with multiple operating locations. Each location of such organizations may apply for Approved Provider membership on a stand-alone basis.

 

Associate Member

An Associate Member is a business, organization, society or association that shares common purpose with the GBSC, and is actively involved in supporting, providing, producing or supplying goods and / or services to facilitate environmentally sensitive and sustainable death care practices.  Qualifying organizations may include:  environmental organizations, landscape planning and design businesses, memorial societies, death care associations, cemetery and funeral service regulators, advocacy groups, and related organizations.

Regular Member

Is Regular Member is an individual passionate about green burial and the mission of the GBSC.  A Regular Member is prepared to support the GBSC through fees and will consider becoming actively engaged in the leadership, operation and ongoing activities of the GBSC, including election to the Board of Directors.
Only Regular Members are eligible for election to the GBSC Board of Directors.

 

Friend of Green Burial

A Friend of Green Burial is an individual with an expressed interest in green burial, sharing common cause with the mission of the GBSC, and wants to receive GBSC communications and attend events sponsored or conducted by the GBSC (in a non-voting capacity).   Members in this category will have limited access to the resources of the GBSC that are available to Regular, Approved Provider and Associate members.

 

Student Member

A Student Member is an individual enrolled in an accredited educational institution or program recognized by the GBSC Board.  A Student Member will be enrolled in programs related to environmental and sustainability studies, landscape and/or community planning studies, and bereavement care studies.  Students enrolled in studies outside of those noted are welcome to apply for Student membership and every application for membership will be vetted by the Board for suitability to be approved as a Student Member.       
A student member will be required to provide proof of accredited student status and/or ongoing program enrollment.  Only legitimate students in recognized educational programs, as vetted by the Board, are eligible for membership in this category.

Honorary Member

An Honorary Member is an individual who, at the discretion selection of the Board, is deemed deserving of special recognition by the GBSC.  Honorary Membership is granted to individuals who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the cause of sustainable death care practices, including advocating for, educating, promoting or otherwise supporting and advancing objectives in common with the GBSC. 
Honorary Membership is reserved for individuals deserving of special recognition and will be granted at the sole discretion of the Board of the GBSC.

 

Fees

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

Click on the Appropriate link to Request an Application. We will email you an official application. All fees do not include any applicable taxes.

REGULAR MEMBER

Only Regular Members are eligible for election to the GBSC Board of Directors.
Annual Fee:  $175.00
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE A REGULAR MEMBER
 

CERTIFIED PROVIDER MEMBER

Fee:
Initial Application Review and First Year Certification:    TBD  
This fee will cover the tasks, review, inspection as deemed necessary and administration involved in qualifying applicants and their first year of ‘certified’ membership. 
Annual Certification Renewal:   TBD

ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Annual Fee:  $250.00
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER

‘FRIEND OF GREEN BURIAL’ MEMBER

Annual Fee: $50.00
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE A FRIEND OF GREEN BURIAL MEMBER

STUDENT MEMBER

Fee:  
First Two (2) Years:  No fee is charged.  A student member is entitled to their first two years of membership at no charge.  
After Two (2) Years: To completion of program (maximum 3 additional years):  50% of any other individual GBSC membership category.  After two years, a student member, in a recognized program is entitled to a fifty percent discount in another individual membership category until such time as they have completed their program of study (to a maximum of 3 additional years).   
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE A STUDENT MEMBER

HONORARY MEMBER 

There is no fee associated with this membership category.

Advocate

Advocacy for making green burial across Canada is another of the key missions of the society, and we will be looking for key people in every province, city and town to take up the task of spreading the green burial message. 

We will be building ‘toolkits’ for individuals and groups to use in their communities to advocate for green burial with their local government official, cemetery operators, funeral directors, environmental organizations and the public.

These toolkits will, as they are developed, be made available to the public, and in a more and comprehensive and advanced format to regular members of the society.  Watch this space for more.