Alberta’s Best Workplaces: Environmentally Conscious
DIRTT Environmental Solutions: for subsidizing energy efficient cars
by Alberta Venture Staff
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
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.