Reduction commitment: 40% reduction commitment from 2010 (absolute)
Business Type: Professional, scientific and technical services
WalterFedy has long been a provider of architectural and engineering solutions, continually evolving to meet their customers’ changing needs. Since their inception in 1951, WalterFedy has grown from a small engineering office into a multidisciplinary practice encompassing architecture; civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, sustainable and interior design, and construction and project management.Visit website
Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects:
Gas & Water Sub-Metering Installation: Installed in order to track the effectiveness of energy-saving projects. The installation had a total cost of $10,000.
Energy Audit: Conducted an energy audit to find areas where more energy can be conserved.
Sub-metering for Water and Natural Gas: Meters will allow WalterFredy to track energy usage giving them the power reduce future GHG emissions.
Commuter Tracking Tool: Developed a commuter tracking app that requires staff members to submit their commuting information for the week every Friday afternoon. On the app each individual sets their one-way commute distance then selects their means of transportation for each day. If an employee has not submitted their information the app will pop up every time they log in to their computer.
Rain Garden & Permeable Pavers Installation: Working with REEP Green Solutions WalterFedy installed a rain garden near the parking lot and two permeable paver parking spots, these will work to take pressure off the storm water system.
Appliance Timers: Connected programmable timers to kitchen appliances so they will be shut off at night and on weekends. Prior to using the timers the appliances would remain on during unoccupied hours and waste energy.
Building Design: WalterFedy repurposed a former warehouse to become their current commercial office. Due to the sustainable design of their office WalterFedy uses less energy and water than a standard building of that size. The office uses 34% less energy, based on cost, and 35% less water, based on volume. This translates into annual energy cost savings of $9,866, and water saving of 415,545 Litres. Learn more about the design by clicking here.
TravelWise: Joined TravelWise with various employees participating.
Waste Diversion: Implemented an organic waste program. WalterFedy tracked its waste amounts for 1 month and over 90% of it has been diverted from the landfill either through recycling or composting.
Purchasing Policy: Developed a purchasing policy that requires office purchases to meet minimum sustainability criteria.
Emissions: WalterFedy has been tracking their emissions since 2010. The graph below displays their emissions data thus far.
“We believe working with other organizations, including those such as REEP and RAIN will help us come up with new projects and ways to encourage engagement.”
WalterFedy has a Green Team which consists of people from every department, including: Architectural, Business Development, Civil, Contract Administration, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural and upper management. WalterFedy’s Green Team members are passionate about the environment, whether it be energy conservation, water protection and water usage reduction, commuting sustainably, waste management or having as little negative impact on the environment as possible.
“Talking to staff one-on-one really improves staff engagement and participation.”
In addition to recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metals, WalterFedy has implemented an organic waste collection program to further minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills. Starting in April 2012, Waste Management Canada has been providing organic waste collection services for WalterFedy. Included are two 64 gallon carts, which are picked up and emptied once per week.
KW Chamber of Commerce Environment & Sustainability Award (2016)
Office Certified Silver LEED for Commercial Interiors
Additional Information and Pictures
See below for photos of our rain garden and permeable pavers as well as our most recent garbage pick-up for Earth Day!
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