Going Green in 2019: 3 things DIALOGers are doing to make a difference
As one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, we’re constantly challenging ourselves to be greener. At the beginning of 2019, we put a call out to DIALOGers to share how they’re committing to living more sustainably and, in return, received over 200 responses.
Not surprising, we found some fairly strong themes and, today, we’re sharing three things DIALOGers are doing to make a difference in 2019:
1. Rethinking how we move
25% of respondents are committed to ditching the car in favour of using more sustainable transportation options. More walking, cycling, and public transportation topped our list. Not only are these options better for the environment, each of these is something we can start today.
Looking for more resources? City websites have plenty of information when it comes to how we move. Visit your city website for links to public transportation, cycling routes, and walking maps!
2. Reducing how much we consume
22% of respondents are determined to reduce consumption. The top offenders? Energy, consumerism, unnecessary printing, plastic use, and waste. There was a clear theme that it’s time for convenience to take a back seat to environmental responsibility.
How can you get started? Energy efficient lighting and appliances, WaterSense products, working digitally, avoiding single-use plastics, and purchasing no more than what you need.
3. Researching more ways we can improve
14% of respondents want to acquire new knowledge and skills to tackle climate change head on. Completing a LEED accreditation, WELL certification, and discovering new sustainable technologies topped DIALOGers lists. This passion extends beyond our own learning, as many individuals are excited to share this knowledge with our clients so we can fight climate change together.
In 2017, DIALOG signed on to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment to design all new buildings as carbon-neutral by 2030. These targets may be met by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable energy, and/or purchasing (20% maximum) off-site renewable energy. Learn more about The 2030 Challenge at https://architecture2030.org/.
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