October 29, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Teknion Corporation received a Platinum award the highest honour in the annual Ontario Waste Minimization Awards sponsored by the Recycling Council of Ontario. Teknion earned Platinum in the Business category the same category in which it won Gold in the 2007 awards.
“As one of our few Platinum winners, Teknion demonstrates that protecting the environment is integral to good business practices,” says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario. “Teknion has adopted sustainable practices throughout the organization and has translated that into taking action in all aspects of their business. Clearly they understand the economic values of environmental protection and resource conservation.”
Since winning the Gold Ontario Waste Minimization Award 12 months ago, Teknion has continued to improve its environmental impacts within its core environmental programs. Accomplishments include:
*ISO 14001 certification of the final Canadian Teknion facility
*implementation of 22 programs formalized to reduce and/or divert waste, including: textiles, plastic packaging, wood, steel, aluminum, tempered glass, powder paint, lamps and ballast, electronics, paper, cardboard, beverage containers, battery disposal, ink and toner cartridges, PVC and organic materials
*contributions to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) through increased recycled content and improved recyclability of product, and providing fully recyclable packaging materials
*improvements in corporate initiatives such as waste reduction, water reduction, energy reduction (natural gas and electricity), and waste diversion now at 87 percent
*introduction of product refurbishment programs that extend product life cycles
*partnering with Green Solutions North America Inc. which, through its Revive program, connects corporations and their redundant assets with organizations in need, thereby minimizing corporate waste
*introduction of three major product lines using DfE (Design for the Environment) guidelines which, through the design process, maximizes material utilization
“Receiving this waste reduction award would not have been possible without the strong commitment to sustainability demonstrated by everyone at Teknion’s manufacturing sites in Ontario, in conjunction with concerted efforts at our facilities across Canada,” says Scott Deugo, Teknion’s Senior Vice President of Design, Marketing and Sustainable Development. “Teknion’s corporate culture has continued to embrace our environmental programs an evolution that reflects more about who we are rather than just what we do.”
The Recycling Council of Ontario is a not-for-profit organization committed to minimizing society’s impact on the environment by eliminating waste. RCO’s mission is to inform and educate all members of society about the generation of waste, the avoidance of waste, the more efficient use of resources and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities. Since its inception in 1978, RCO has actively assisted municipalities, corporations, other organizations and individuals in reducing their waste.
The Ontario Waste Minimization Awards were presented October 21 in Toronto as part of Waste Reduction Week in Canada (October 19-25).