The Office of the Auditor General's Environmental Commitment

We are committed to making a difference by adopting practices that reduce our collective impact on the natural environment. Our goal is to lead by example through:

  • LEED Gold certified building – the Office’s Green Team secured the resources and support for obtaining LEED-CI® (LEED® for Commercial Interiors) certification of the building where the office is located. This is an internationally recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.  The Office’s green building features include:
     
    •  Natural light
      • layout of office space maximizes natural light and outdoor views
      • unglazed east and west exposure windows
    • Interior light
      • T5HO fluorescent and LED lights
      • Motion sensors turn lights off/down according to amount of natural light 
      • Occupancy sensors switch lights off when offices are unoccupied for 30 minutes
    • Material reuse
      • Over 30% of the Office’s furnishings are reused from our former offices
      • Office furniture has high levels of recycled content or MBDC Cradle to Cradle Silver certification
      • Over 50% of wood products (furniture/woodworking) came from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sources
      • During construction, the contractor was encouraged to reuse/recycle waste materials instead of using the landfill
      • Mixed in certified carpet from our old building with the tile pattern in our new carpet
    • Low emitting materials
      • Carpet, paint and glues have Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) below specified levels
      • Furniture meets high levels of Indoor Air Quality standards
      • Glue in Composite wood products and furniture has no added urea formaldehyde
    • Mechanical system
      • System uses fan-coils supplied by variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pumps - one on each floor
      • Heating energy is recovered from areas that require cooling rather than a heat pump
      • Heat recovery ventilation unit keeps air flowing
      • Temperatures are controlled by fan-coil DDC thermostats networked together for efficient scheduling
    • Energy efficiency
      • 90% of our appliances are EnergyStar rated
      • See under natural lighting and mechanical systems for other examples of energy efficiency
    • Water efficiency
      • High efficiency, low-flow plumbing reduces potable water for hand-washing, showers and flushing toilets
      • Taps turn on and off automatically to reduce leaking and flowing taps when not in use
    • Sustainable transportation
      • Biking, busing, walking and carpooling are encouraged to reduce fossil fuels 
      • Indoor bicycle shed can store up to 36 bikes
      • Our space has no designated parking
         
  • Waste and Energy Management – turning off computer monitors when not in use; printers set to print double-sided; garbage bins for employee work stations are not provided; and separating office waste into reusable, recyclable, compost and true waste components.
     
  • Green Commuting – supporting low-emission modes of commuting and public transportation; promoting "Bike to Work” week; tracking of staff travel emissions through Smartec; and videoconference meetings encouraged where appropriate.
     
  • Green Purchasing – making purchase decisions that consider environmental impacts (e.g., office furniture from sustainable sources; recycled paper)
     
  • Green Team Leadership – empowering staff through education, awareness and participation; and communicating our environmental performance through regular reporting.

The Office’s internal culture of sustainability includes adherence to legislation for public sector organizations to become carbon neutral in their operations.