TORONTO AND REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY

Advocates for restoring and maintaining various ecological processes in and around the GTA

Advocates for restoring and maintaining various ecological processes in and around the GTA, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) offices and their 315 employees are located in Concord, Ontario. Not only does the TRCA promote sustainability for the environment, they are also promote sustainability in the workplace and were a perfect fit to be one of the first organizations to earn the BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplace designation.

The TRCA had many green initiatives already established in their workplace, what they lacked was a tool that mapped out what they’d already done and what they needed to do. Sustainable Workplaces was a perfect fit. It allowed them create goals and targets for programs that included the reduction of energy and water consumption, E-waste and recycling, sustainable travel and indoor air quality.

Their targets and achievements include:

  • Becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Currently the TRCA’s office have purchased over 100% of their electricity via Bullfrog Power to ensure the entire building’s energy consumption was carbon neutral, and then some.
  • Reducing total water consumption by 35% below 2009 levels by 2025. The TRCA’s office is well on their way to achieving this target by implementing low flow fixtures and motion operated faucets. However the reduction does stop in the bathrooms, the TRCA have implemented lawn irrigation technology that senses soil moisture to ensure that the water is only used when essential to maintain lawn integrity.
  • Diverting over 80% of total waste from landfills by 2018. The TRCA’s office have many recycling and waste diversion initiatives in place such as, providing staff access to recycle many items including but not limited to e-waste, paper towels, light bulbs, food waste, batteries and coffee pods. These initiatives ensure the success of the TRCA in meeting their 2018 target for waste diversion.
  • Achieving an average of 12 liters per 100 kilometers by 2018. The TRCA understand the challenges relating to sustainable travel when offices are not located near public transportation. The TRCA respond to this by allowing their staff to have access to EV charging stations for electric vehicles. They have also implemented a Smart Commute program that facilitates sustainable commuting options.

Overall, the TRCA has a strong set of initiatives and requisite goals to achieve sustainability in the workplace.  Along with the objectives set above, the TRCA has many educational and outreach programs in place that encourages employees to learn about sustainability and take an active role in the functioning of their workplace.

Dana, the project coordinator at the TRCA says, “BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplaces allows us to have recognition for our current achievements but also to determine our gaps and the areas of potential improvements.” Dana also highlights that the program aligns well with their corporate agenda and is a great way to share their processes with others who wish to begin their journey towards sustainability at the workplace.

“BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplaces is not a prescriptive program; it is easy to use and provides a platform to align the goals of the program with our own individual goals. The mutual sharing of a vision for sustainable workplaces is easy to fulfill and align with.” Together, BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplaces and the TRCA are working towards promoting sustainability within the workplace.

Overall, the TRCA has a strong set of initiatives and requisite goals to achieve sustainability in the workplace.  Along with the objectives set above, the TRCA has many educational and outreach programs in place that encourages employees to learn about sustainability and take an active role in the functioning of their workplace.

Dana, the project coordinator at the TRCA says, “BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplaces allows us to have recognition for our current achievements but also to determine our gaps and the areas of potential improvements.” Dana also highlights that the program aligns well with their corporate agenda and is a great way to share their processes with others who wish to begin their journey towards sustainability at the workplace.

“BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplaces is not a prescriptive program; it is easy to use and provides a platform to align the goals of the program with our own individual goals. The mutual sharing of a vision for sustainable workplaces is easy to fulfill and align with.” Together, BOMA BEST Sustainable Workplaces and the TRCA are working towards promoting sustainability within the workplace.