2018 Green Business of the Year

Friday, November 30, 2018

Earlier this month SYLVIS was awarded the 2018 Green Business of the Year award by the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. SYLVIS’s head office in New Westminster was recognized for our commitment to operate in a green manner and demonstrate our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and reducing waste material produced by business operations.

SYLVIS is a Climate Smart™ business and has completed multiple years of greenhouse gas emissions inventories. We have created and implemented measurement and reduction strategies through a range of initiatives including measurement of resources used and waste generated. SYLVIS has been able to maintain a reduction of greenhouse gas per employee while still growing as a company, which coincides with our corporate growth plan that “SYLVIS growth will be achieved without an incremental increase in per employee resource use”.

Some of our additional initiatives that SYLVIS has adopted include:

  • Promoting alternative transportation options:
    • Reimbursing employees for 50% of transit costs.
    • Secure indoor bike storage with for repair/maintenance with shower facilities.
  • Employees have an annual Health and Sustainability account and can use these funds to buy bikes, composters, replace lightbulbs with energy efficient LED models etc.  SYLVIS reimburses 50% of the purchase price.
  • Our vehicle fleet uses hybrid vehicles.
  • Opening regional offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Nanaimo and scheduling field operations to reduce travel.
  • Purchasing “Green” – assessing our supplies and equipment purchasing on carbon and recycling initiatives upstream.
  • Promoting e-document client report delivery and charging for paper copies, requesting invoicing and payment be made electronically.

We would also like to extend our congratulations to Westminster Savings who was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.