OUR MISSION

ACCELERATE THE ADVENT, ACCESSABILITY, & GLOBAL IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS.

WE BELIEVE

THE TIME FOR CHANGE IS NOW

THE SOLUTIONS ARE OUT THERE

THE CHOICE IS OURS TO MAKE

WE ARE SUSTAINABLEJOES

A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF EVERYDAY JOES & JAYNES TAKING ACTION

OUR STORY ~

We all know something has to change. The big question, can we do anything to actually have a positive impact? The answer. Absolutely!

…bigger question, how?

What started out as a three month experiment in “off-grid” / “zero waste” living – an exploration searching to answer the question “How?” Stephen Szucs (such) founded SustainableJoes in early 2013…living, researching, exploring, exposing, and developing one powerful how.

Year two of SustainableJoes was marked by opportunity, which came knocking in the form of Sara-Bay Financial…and an ELF.

Acronym for Electric Light Fun, this ELF was a solar and pedal power tricycle, and Sara-Bay was about to sponsor it to SustainableJoes.

Come June of 2014, Stephen was cycling this tricycle across the continent on the SustainableJoes’ #RETHINK Tour.

Ultimately cycling almost 5,000 miles, the SustainableJoes’ #RETHINK Tour focused on sparking awareness in the space of sustainability and stewardship. The tour was titled the #RETHINK Tour, because we believe that when it comes to sustainability, we can #RETHINK almost all of our practices!

OUR PILLARS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:

SOCIAL INCLUSION

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

GOOD GOVERNANCE

The #RETHINK Tour officially began on June 14th, 2014 in London, Ontario. 184 days later, on December 20th, leg one concluded at the Southern most point of the continental United States, Key West, FL. (View the Ride Map Here)

Full of bumpy roads, flat tires, and mechanical difficulty, somewhere on the windy #RETHINK road,  the journey became about more than just sustainability.

Day after day, Stephen was welcomed into the homes of strangers to brake bread, clean up, and rest. As Stephen fondly recounts: “It’s easy to identify good people. For when you are in need, they’re the only ones who will be around.”

It is with great gratitude, that we say thank you to anyone who has ever pulled over to help a stranger on the side of the road, offered another food, or provided shelter to a stranger.

The SustainableJoes’ #RETHINK Tour was full of so many good people.

STEPHEN CROSSING FLORIDA'S "7 MILE BRIDGE" ACCOMPANIED BY BEN HARD & KIM GABLE :-)

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the Joes community, moving into year three, SustainableJoes launched a successful Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to produce a documentary.

Originally intended to chronicle the #RETHINK Tour, and illustrate that people everywhere believe something has to change, the documentary quickly morphed into something more.

When expert interviews finished on September 28th, 2015, Stephen had ultimately sat down with 26 different experts including: Andrew Geller & Dan Costa – Directors, United Sates Environmental Protection Agency, Glen R. MurrayMinister of the Environment & Climate Change (Province of Ontario),  Captain Paul Watson – Founder, SeaShepard Conservation Society, Dr. Dan Ariely – Founder, Centre for Advanced Hindsight, and Brendan Seale – Sustainability Manger, IKEA Canada. (For a completely list of experts, Click Here)

Like cycling across the continent, making a movie took longer than expected and was full of bumps too. (Albeit more figurative this time)

As you can probably imagine, one of the biggest challenges we encountered was when the scope of the film exploded, but the budget remained the same. This was the point when we developed our first product, in an effort to make SustainableJoes financially sustainable. Clear Conscience Cards bought us a little time, but a big thank you must go out to Luis Pacheco for sharing his talent, and carrying this film across the finish line.

In the end, 10 hours of expert footage, and 15 hours of “On the #RETHINK Road” footage, was condensed into a 46 minute message, focused hope and solutions.  (For more information about the film, click here)

THE SECRET OF CHANGE IS TO FOCUS ALL OF YOUR ENERGY, NOT ON FIGHTING THE OLD, BUT BUILDING THE NEW!

~ SOCRATES

In closing, we want to say thank you again. So many people have made, and continue to make the journey of SustainableJoes possible. Over the past three plus years we have learned people want sustainable change, and moving forward we will continue to make that change a reality.

We will build a sustainable tomorrow. We will make solutions accessible. We will empower all.

We are SUSTAINABLEJOES – a global movement of “Everyday Joes & Jaynes” taking action…and you are hereby invited to join the movement.

Sustainably Yours,

JOES

THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT YOUR FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT!

~ ABRHAM LINCOLN

Where does the name SustainableJoes comes from?

Our name is derived from one of our core ideals – to make sustainability easy for all Everyday Joes & Jaynes. Joes is spelled in the plural because both feminine Jo, and masculine Joe, make a group of JOES.’

#RETHINK Tour Stats

(For a little nostalgia)