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Alberta’s Best Workplaces: Environmentally Conscious

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May 22, 2014

by Alberta Venture Staff

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Best Workplace for the Environmentally Conscious

DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Head office: Calgary
CEO: Mogens Smed
Number of Alberta employees: 730

  • DIRTT’s headquarters are in a retrofitted, mid-century building in an industrial park. There are so few healthy lunch options within walking distance that DIRTT chose to install an in-house cafeteria. The result: nobody has to drive off site to get a decent lunch, which means reduced emissions and a more productive staff
  • In the far southeastern corner of Calgary, the DIRTT office may not be the most transit-friendly. But buy an energy efficient vehicle and decorate it with DIRTT decals, and the company will reward you with a $300 rebate every month. Employees who carpool get perks, too. There’s a monthly draw with cash prizes of $300 to split between the carpool group
  • Styrofoam packaging and plastic sporks? No thanks. DIRTT’s cafeteria serves meals on real plates with real utensils. When employees are done with their lunches, there’s a composter in the kitchen for any scraps and recycling for any paper or cardboard
  • DIRTT’s operations are largely powered with wind and solar energy. The solar array at its Calgary headquarters is among the largest in the city, with 60 panels and a wind turbine installed on the building’s roof

Photograph Bryce Meyer

The Finalists

Edmonton Regional Airports Authority
Also a finalist in the Best Overall, 100 to 750 ­Employees category, the authority is pursuing ­Certified LEED status for the new terminal and Silver LEED status for the Central Tower.

Mammoet Canada, Edmonton
Mammoet was the first large company in Canada ­to achieve certification under the international Green Business program. Initiatives include the use of Microsoft Lync to reduce the amount of travel, automatic shut-offs on equipment and bus services for employees.

Manasc Isaac Architects, Edmonton
A perennial contender in this category, Manasc produces 10 per cent of its electricity through a solar array on the roof of the company’s building and purchases the rest from green-energy provider Bullfrog Power.


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