SUSTAINABILITY

We strive to operate with sustainable business practices that consider our impact on the environment and our local community and encourage our clients and partners to do the same.

Principles

Our approach to business is guided by commitments to:

  • Minimize environmental impacts -- waste, water, energy and air quality
  • Give back to communities by volunteering and donating resources
  • Ensure our supply chain has responsible social and environmental practices
  • Create innovative approaches to minimize negative environmental impacts, improve economic bottom lines and integrate social elements in our consulting work and practices

Practical Steps and Supporting Activities

Organizational Policies and Orientation

  • Ensure all staff are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it
  • Comply with and exceed all municipal, provincial and federal legislation, regulations and codes of practice where feasible

Meetings & Travel

  • Walk, cycle, or ride-share to meetings, site visits etc, apart from in circumstances where the alternatives are not feasible
  • Avoid or reduce physically traveling to meetings, by suggesting video-conferencing or tele-conferencing, when possible
  • Make efficient use of meeting times to avoid multiple trips
  • Support the Nova Scotian economy by working with and supporting local businesses, suppliers, clients and associates whenever possible

Consumption of Resources

  • Minimize our use of paper and other office consumables by avoiding unnecessary use of materials. For example: double sided printing, recycled paper for memos, efficient margins and refillable pens and pencils
  • Issue documents electronically wherever possible
  • Arrange for the reuse, recycling and composting of office waste, including paper, computer and printer supplies and paper towel in all our facilities including offices and meeting spaces
  • Reduce energy consumption whenever possible by turning off electronics and lights when not in use. Use energy efficient lights.
  • Monitor building's temperature with programmable thermostats. Reduce heat in stairwells, hallways
  • Currently exploring ‘smart metering’ to monitor the energy use of our office (as part of Lunenburg Smart Community Project)

Reporting & Monitoring

Our Sustainability Policy is monitored frequently and reviewed annually as we continue to improve our sustainable performances. As of April 2013, supporting activities currently include:

  • Lunenburg Smart Community Project - Member of Steering Committee
  • Blue W member (offering visitors free access to Town tap water) - National network
  • Growing Green Festival, August 2013 - Festival Partner
  • Supporting local businesses for all communications, promotion and printing needs
  • Providing local employment opportunities so that residents can live and work on the South Shore
  • Family of wholly-owned business enterprises:
  • Luvly in Lunenburg & The Lunenburg Makery -- Canadian designed and made clothing and products with an emphasis on sustainable practices (e.g. sustainable fabrics, upcycled materials)

Leslie Wright & Brian Arnott, Owners