To reduce the environmental impact from its activities, and promote solutions to climate change, the David Suzuki Foundation has implemented a greenhouse gas management program for all four of its offices. The program is based on a user-friendly guide published by the World Resources Institute, Working 9 to 5 on Climate Change: An Office Guide, as well as the Foundation's own publication, Doing Business in a New Climate. Both of these publications provide a step-by-step process for easily identifying and calculating greenhouse gas emissions.
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Using these guides, staff identified the Foundation's largest greenhouse gas emission sources. For each emissions source, a system has been put in place to gather activity data:
• Air travel: The Foundation's travel agent calculates the distance of each flight booked and provides monthly reports.
• Heating: Emissions from heating are calculated using utility bills.
• Electricity: Emissions from electricity are calculated using utility bills.
• Paper use: The Foundation's printing company provides a monthly total (in weight of paper) of all products including reports, brochures, business cards, forms, cheques, etc. Office paper used for the photocopier and printers is calculated separately.
• Staff commuting: Emissions are calculated by using the same data from the annual Commuter Challenge event.
Once the data is collected, staff calculate the emissions using online tools. Each year, the Foundation reports its total greenhouse gas emissions in its Annual Report.
While the Foundation has purchased Gold Standard carbon offsets for its emissions, the priority is to reduce emissions wherever feasible. Past reduction efforts have included reducing electricity use, as well as air travel.