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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:


Centralised Waste System: Stantec shifted the way waste is disposed of, by placing bins for compost, recycling and landfill waste in more centralised locations throughout the work space instead of at individual workstations. This allowed them to improve their waste diversion rate, as well as encourage employees to increase their physical activity, a goal that aligns with Stantec’s employee health program

LEED Gold Certified Building: Stantec’s new building has features that improves energy efficiency, reduces water usage and reduces their GG emissions. Some of these features include a heat recovery unit and air ventilation system for efficient heating and cooling, heavier insulation, tinted glazing and reflective roofing. Water conserving features include a rooftop drain for rainwater harvesting, low-flow plumbing and flushing installations in toilets and  a gravity-fed micro-wetland onsite supported by a cistern overflow.


Bicycle Initiative: Purchased four bicycles for employee use during work hours to reduce emissions. This created an initial cost of approximately $4,000.

Garbage-Can Initiative: Employees at Stantec voluntarily gave up their wastebaskets for one week. This was completed as part of an overall initiative to potentially move to a central waste system completely.


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.

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.


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