Observing Organization

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Reduction commitment: Observing Organization in Milestone 3

Business Type: Professional, scientific and technical services

The Stantec community collaborates across disciplines and industries to make buildings, infrastructure, and energy and resource projects happen. Since 1954, Stantec’s local strength, knowledge, and relationships, coupled with world-class expertise, have allowed them to go anywhere to meet their clients’ needs in more creative, personalized ways. With a long-term commitment to the people and places they serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. They have been active members of those communities by designing with community in mind.

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Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects:


Desktop Energy Audits: Green Team continues to leave a notice on employee desks if their office equipment has been left on after hours.

Switched to 100% Recycled Content in all Printers: Anything not 100% recycled is 100% FSC certified.

Increased Waste Diversion: Accomplished through existing initiatives and a new pen recycling program through Staples (which includes all writing implements & 5 cents per pen is donated to charity).

Return Boxes for Office Supplies to Staples: These boxes are reused and Staples drivers get a bonus for every box they return.


Desktop Energy Audits: The Green Team came into the office after hours and identified equipment that was left on. They left reminder notepads on employee desks reminding them “If it’s not in use, turn off the juice”. The team continues to track any equipment that is left on.

Commuter Challenge: Week long inter-office competition, with approximately 500L of gasoline saved resulting in 1.3 tonnes of CO2 savings.

Waste Diversion Improvements: Improved bin location, type and signage and increased the number of bins to increase proper waste sorting.


Sustainability Culture:

Stantec’s Green Team meets monthly and organizes various projects throughout the year. Some projects include commuting activities; waste separation; creation of the Green Team Mandate & improved communication with all employees about Green Team activities. The Team is looking forward to moving into Stantec’s new LEED Gold office space in 2015.

 Sustainability Goals:

  1. Oversee the use of Living Documents
  2. Grow Living Documents
  3. Complete the Energy Audit
  4. Implement projects as a result of the energy audit
  5. Track employee business travel, including air

Green Policies

Sustainability consultation is a core competency service provided by Stantec. Stantec has developed a Corporate Sustainability Plan and releases a yearly sustainability report, please click here for their 2013 report. This plan is communicated to all employees.



Canada 200 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (2013): For the fourth consecutive year, Stantec achieved a position in CDP’s (Canada 200 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index) ranking 3rd in 2012.

Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2013-14): Stantec named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

ISO 14001 Certification (2014): Accomplished at Kitchener location.

Canadian Carbon Disclosure Leadership (2014): Ranked for the fourth year in a row.

ENR’s top 100 Green Design Firms (2014): Ranked 13th

Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens (2014): Ranked 21st

Jantzi Social Index (2014): Celebrating seventh year in a row achieving Jantzi Social Index recognition.