Planting the Seeds for a Greener Workplace
Parks Canada is doing its part to help green government operations
An employee emptying used coffee filters into the in-house composting bin at Parks Canada’s Western and Northern Service Centre Winnipeg © Parks Canada
Parks Canada is working towards meeting the targets set out by the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy as part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to shrinking the environmental impacts of day-to-day operations. In considering the way we purchase and dispose of supplies, the way we consume paper and other resources, and the way we plan meetings, it’s clear that there are plenty of things we can do to help reduce our environmental impact.
As part of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, Parks Canada is working towards minimizing paper use and reducing the production of electronic waste, and is committed to purchasing eco-friendly products. From switching to hybrid and electric vehicles in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to adopting innovative renewable energy technologies and high building standards, Parks Canada has demonstrated its commitment to the environment at our national parks and historic sites across the country.
Parks Canada also supports the creation of “Green Teams”, groups of employees from all levels who work together to foster environmental change and awareness in workplaces across the country.
Parks Canada employee Ed Jager poses on his daily bike ride to work at the National Office in Quebec © Parks Canada
Additionally, Parks Canada participates in the Commuter Challenge, which takes place each year during Environment Week and promotes the use of sustainable ways of getting to and from work.
More and more employees are already making their own daily efforts to reduce their ecological footprint. They’re doing everything from printing less, to taking public transit or cycling to work, to recycling or bringing reusable mugs and food containers. When it comes to creating a greener workplace, both on the individual level as employees and on an organizational level as part of the federal government, every little bit counts!
Parks Canada employees distributing the finished compost to take home to their gardens © Parks Canada