WSP is Canada’s largest consulting firm exclusively dedicated to creating green buildings and communities, with a professional staff of green building specialists in Kitchener, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Vancouver, and Toronto. WSP provides innovative solutions to reduce the energy and water consumption, and the environmental impact of building designs. WSP’s success is rooted in a hands-on and technical understanding of building systems and energy use. WSP is a one-stop shop for the design and operation of sustainable buildings. They offer the most comprehensive set of green building services on the market, delivering a third of all LEED certified buildings in Canada.
Business Type: Environmental Services/Consulting Engineers
Observing Organization in Milestone 2
Emissions: WSP began tracking their GHG emissions in 2008. The graph below displays their emissions data thus far.
Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects
WSP has a corporate culture of innovation and thought leadership in terms of sustainability. For example, WSP has a Green Lifestyle Incentive Program for all employees to encourage them to live green lives at home and at work. Incentives include $1,500-3,000 off the purchase of a hybrid vehicle, discounts on bus and transit passes, and free low-flow shower heads, rain barrels, and compost bins for home use. WSP’s Kitchener head office, A Grander View, is also one of Canada’s first LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Platinum certified buildings. As part of this certification, WSP has detailed and enforced policies regarding green purchasing and building operations. WSP also developed an in-house software program called Commuter Tracker that employees use to log their daily commutes. This allows the Employee Sustainability Committee to monitor WSP’s commuting emission reduction success and identify areas for improvement. Every summer, WSP holds the Commuter Olympics which includes prizes for those who contribute to lower commuting carbon emissions.
Sustainability Related Awards/Recognition
Most Sustainable Corporations List ( 2016): WSP was ranked 63rd on the Corporate Knight’s 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World in 2016. They were also the only Canadian Contruction and Engineering company to make this list.
Greatest GHG Reduction (2015): This SWR award recognizes the member of the Regional Sustainability Initiative that has achieved the most significant reduction in emissions relative to their size in 2015. WSP was the recipient of this award due to successfully reducing their GHG emissions by a staggering 24.4% with reductions being attributed to its LEED Platinum certified office building
WSP has a Green Lifestyle Incentive Program for all employees that encourages them to live green lives at home and at work. Incentives for the program include $1,500-3,000 off the purchase of a hybrid vehicle, discounts on transit passes, free low-flow shower heads and compost bins for home use. WSP also developed an in-house software program called “Commuter Tracker” that employees use to log and track their daily commutes.
Specific goals for WSP’s operations are centered around their commitment to carbon neutrality as part of the Regional Sustainability Initiative and their commitment to continue to operate LEED Platinum-Certified facilities for all staff. Currently WSP has a Sustainability Task force made up of representatives in each division that is looking to implement additional sustainable measures into policies and procedures.
WSP has also begun working on a Transportation Demand Management plan for the company as a whole as well as setting up a Carbon Emissions Baseline related to operations across the country.