WIN has reduced carbon emissions by 51% in 5 years!
Earth Day 2015 has us all thinking about the environment. This year, we have a lot to celebrate.
For the last five years WIN has been participating in Climate Smart. Through our participation, we are able to measure our carbon emissions, and have reduced our carbon footprint by an incredible 51% from 131.07 metric tonnes of CO2 to a much improved 63.69 metric tonnes.
This graph shows where we have made the greatest improvements:
As you can see, waste reduction stands out as one of our most significant achievements. Waste over the last five years has been reduced by an amazing 71% through our ever growing partnerships with other organizations that can use goods that we receive that do not work for our programs or stores. And of course, our extensive recycling program has played a big part as well.
This is a picture of our recycling system at our Westside Store. We aim to recycle everything that we can at all of our locations and we also compost all of our food scraps.
Electricity reductions are next with an overall reduction of 36% in carbon emissions since 2010. That's due to our lighting retrofits at Cook, Pandora and North Park, our motion detection lights in common areas and our improved habits with turning lights, computers and screens off at night. We also managed to replace some of our appliances and the photocopier for more efficient models.
Other important changes we have made include a reduction in staff commuting by car, down by an impressive 31%. The WIN’s truck transportation has reduced by an overall 11% through improved routing, and reduced idling. As well, our use of natural gas for heat and hot water is down by a fantastic 19%.
As a way to keep staff engaged, WIN has an Environmental Committee that keeps us informed and motivated to improve our personal and operational impact on the environment.
Happy Earth Day for all of us at WIN.