Inaugural Green Council members included representatives from Bank of Nova Scotia, Tim Hortons, Dermalogica, HOK, Balfour Beatty, Workopolis, Hero Burger, INC Research, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Gaming, Studio Apollo, as well as the property management team Triovest Realty Advisors, and sustainability consultants from Green Reason Inc.
Triovest and the tenant reps participated in a Role-Switch activity to examine the roles of different parties in the building to increase understanding to facilitate working together towards successful initiatives, including awareness of sustainability programs, collaboration between internal initiatives and building programs.
The Eco Poster Contest was held, encouraging school age children to submit their idea of a green office building, demonstrating environmental messages with regard to our buildings and cities from their view point. We asked them to help people think about their building, their resource usage and their environmental impact, and how they could potentially make a positive change. Posters and art from this contest were displayed in our lobby during our Green Council launch month.
For the launch of the Green Council, quotes inspiring change were installed throughout the lobby. With each quote, a QR code was included which would lead anyone who scanned the code to interesting and inspiring sites and videos showing how positive changes can impact us and our environment, such as:
We toured Wasteco’s Orenda plant which handles paper, cardboard and organic food waste. This allowed us to experience firsthand the sights and scents of a recycling facility. While there were an impressive number of machines and workers sorting the materials, we also saw how much recycling ends up in landfill because of contamination – i.e. too much garbage mixed in with the recycling. The experience inspired us all to do a better job of sorting!
Sculptures using materials that would have found their way to the landfill but for the creativity and vision of two talented artists, works by Ruta Wilson and Marco Barokoski were displayed as part of the Green Council Launch month. You can read more about these two Ontario artists, here.
These suggestions have helped outline our building wide initiatives, based on occupant needs as well as feasibility. Some popular ideas included:
- Recycling Better
- E-Waste Program
- Reducing A/C usage during the summer
- Turning off lights/computers, use of Light Sensors
- Planting trees and plants throughout the building
- Using green cleaning products
Green Reason, our sustainability consultant, visited Rick Hansen public school to give a presentation to a class who participated in the Eco Poster Contest. After speaking to the class and fielding questions about the environment and sustainability, Green Reason presented the awards to the winners of the poster contest.