Carbon Busters’ enviro policy
At Carbon Busters® we walk the talk. We are strongly committed to reducing our ecological footprint and are working to achieve zero-net emissions.
Carbon Busters submits yearly GHG reports to the Canadian GHG Challenge Registry (formerly Voluntary Challenge and Registry) that outline our emissions, savings, targets and policies. You can download our GHG reports here in PDF format:
Carbon Busters Office Policies:
Many energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits were implemented soon after occupancy of the current office began. Light levels were determined in each office and lights were delamped when light levels exceeded the recommended guidelines. Pull switches were installed to give individual employees control over their workspace rather than having all office lights on just a few light switches. All incandescent light bulbs were replaced with compact fluorescent light bulbs. A motion sensor was installed in the copy room and programmable timers were installed for the water fountain, fish aquarium, etc. Dark blue office walls were repainted with a bright and friendly yellow that reflects light back into the room. The R-value of all windows was increased by adding a layer of plastic window insulation. All electronic equipment have power bars and are shut off at night. Night-, weekend- and holiday temperature set-backs were optimized through a programmable thermostat.
• Carbon Busters has achieved Gold Level reporting status for its greenhouse gas registry reports each year since 2003.
• Carbon Busters has a sustainable shopping policy in place for purchasing office supplies and appliances. This policy directs employees to purchase environmentally superior products even if up to 20% more expensive.
• all office copier and printer paper is recycled and usually with a 100% post-consumer content.
• 70% of all office computers are energy efficient laptop computers.
• all staff are required to track their carbon emissions resulting from work-related travel.
• incentive program for staff using alternative transportation for their commute since 2004
• extensive recycling program
• composting as well as vermi-composting
• 100% hybrid car fleet for province-wide business travel
• an overseas transportation policy requires employees to use public transportation while on business trips whenever possible. If unable to use public transportation due to accessibility issues or heavy luggage employees must obtain the most energy-efficient rental car possible
• increase public awarness on issues such as energy and climate change by participating at community events such as Earth Day.
•Carbon Busters is offering incentives in the form of gift certificates for employees who car pool, bike and/or take public transportation to work, thereby reducing GHG emissions from employee commuting. For the current reporting year 5 out of 9 employees qualified for this gift certificate. 3 employees chose biking as a preferred method of transportation while two carpooled. The 3 employees biked a total of 3,782 km that year, avoiding emissions of over 1,058 kg C02e. Anna Klimek proved to be a real energy champion biking a total of over 1,552 km to and from work and using the Edmonton Transit System when not biking. Claudia Bolli logged close to 1,000 km on her bike and Michèle Elsen over 1,230 km.
• 2 employees live off the grid in a solar-powered house
• 100% of the staff have taken the One-Tonne-Challenge and the David Suzuki Nature Challenge
• 1 employee participated in the EnerGuide house evaluation and upgraded a 20 year-old furnace to a high efficiency furnace
• all employees have access to plastic insulation at no cost to increase the R-value of their windows at home
• Carbon Busters installed a bike rack in 2003 to encourage workers to bicycle to work.
• tools such as the Watts-Up meter or the light meter help employees keep track of their energy use at home
• employees use a local dry cleaning shop that uses a mild soap in conjunction with liquified carbon dioxide. This process does not require harmful solvents.