Sediment and erosion control

 

 

 

Environmental Sustainability

ENKON has formed a Sustainability Committee to review the environmental practices currently in place in our Vancouver (Surrey) and Victoria offices and recommend additional 'green practices' that we could implement.  The committee is utilizing a model based on the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership, a program whose goal was to encourage 'beyond compliance' measures that result in a a smaller environmental footprint.

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One of the Sustainability Committee’s tasks is to review, update and publicize ENKON’s corporate sustainability policy.  The updated policy states that ENKON will:

  • Lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water and other natural resources, preventing and reducing waste generation, and purchasing environmentally preferable products
  • Monitor our environmental performance for compliance with applicable regulations and with the Code of Ethics of the College of Applied Biology, and strive to do better than required whenever possible and appropriate
  • Integrate environmental factors into our business decisions
  • Regularly review, improve and publicize our environmental performance
  • Continuously seek more successful and cost effective ways to help clients conserve resources, prevent pollution and protect and enhance natural ecosystems
  • Build upon our reputation for sound and effective advice to clients on environmental matters

ENKON’s current environmental sustainability measures include the following:

  • Extensively using Webex to eliminate the need to travel to client locations for meetings and training sessions (ENKON Information Systems)
  • Selecting “Energy Star” equipment when new purchases of electronics are required
  • Producing electronic (paperless) reports, proposals and invoices whenever the client does not require hard copies
  • Sending electronic rather than paper Christmas cards to clients (implemented in 2008)
  • Printing reports and proposals (when required) in duplex on recycled paper
  • Whenever possible re-using the large mailing envelopes we receive
  • Recycling all waste office paper, cardboard, ink/toner cartridges from printers and photocopiers, and retired computer equipment
  • Providing employee kitchens with re-usable cups, plates, cutlery, coffee filter baskets, dish cloths and dish towels, and automatic dishwashers
  • Recycling any waste metal and plastic containers from employees’ lunches
  • Composting food scraps from the Victoria office’s employee kitchen
  • Adhering to a regular maintenance cycle for company vehicles to ensure optimal gasoline consumption and minimize emissions

Social Sustainability

ENKON is aware of its social responsibilities and contributes to the community both as a corporate entity and as a supporter of its employees’ volunteer efforts.  For example:


2007 Easter Seals
24-Hour Relay for the Kids

  • ENKON supports wetland conservation through contributions to Ducks Unlimited; we have been contributing for 8 years and this year were recognized as a Silver Sponsor.
  • ENKON’s Victoria staff members contribute time and advice to the Shawnigan Lake Boarding School’s Student Environmental Committee.
  • In 2008, ENKON’s Victoria office entered a team in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life.  Through a combination of corporate donations and employee fund-raising, ENKON’s team was the top fund raiser in the Victoria Relay for Life.  ENKON also has contributed to its Lower Mainland employees’ participation in local Relay for Life events.
  • ENKON has purchased uniforms and equipment for youth sports groups (soccer, baseball, golf) in the Lower Mainland and Victoria for more than 10 years.
  • ENKON’s Victoria office has entered teams in the Easter Seals 24-hour Relay for the Kids (2 years) and Times Colonist Relay for the Heart and Stroke Foundation (1 year), donated to the Prospect Lake Community Centre, donated turkeys to the Food Bank each Christmas for the past 6 years, and donated toys to the Salvation Army in 2008.

 

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