Walking “The Walk”: Quartek’s Carbon Footprint

2May
2012

In 2011, Quartek joined the Niagara Sustainabilty Initiative (NSI) as a Monitoring Partner to help us practice what we preach and start walking “the walk”. We started with the following modest projects:

Implementation of a plastics, metal, glass and paper recycling program in all staff offices to increase Quartek’s diversion rate (amount of waste going to landfill).
Installation of programmable thermostats in our offices.

As a member of the NSI, Quartek measures its carbon footprint and continually seeks to improve our impact on the environment. Our baseline carbon footprint for 2011 was 99.6 tCO2e, comprised largely of emissions from automotive travel. The Quartek relocation downtown addresses this issue directly and will reduce these emissions substantially.

  • Consolidating our three offices will eliminate 1370 km per month for internal Quartek meetings.
  • Choosing a central location for our new office will reduce our collective Quartek staff commute by 1315 km per month and quadruple the number of staff members who can walk to work.
  • Working downtown offers Quartek pedestrian proximity to restaurants and cafés that will offset approximately 200 km per month of lunchtime driving.
  • After a meeting with a Quartek representative to discuss the project and Quartek’s reputation and experience with our type of project we were glad to bring Quartek on board to manage the project. We are very pleased with what Quartek has accomplished so far and look forward to working with them in the development of the cottage subdivision.

    Jim Nichols Trucking Ltd.
  • Working with the team at Quartek Group has always been a pleasure. Their excellent organization and attention to detail have contributed to our project successes on staying on budget and schedule. We look forward to working with Quartek Group again.

    Carrie Groff
  • Meridian Credit Union has a long-standing partnership with Quartek in varying capacities including building design, architectural drawings, and project management.  They have brought our visions to life through their high-level of expertise and attention to detail.  Their friendly and accommodating staff are always professional and provide expert advice.

    Melanie Clement

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