As Earth Week 2015 approaches, we are working hard to finalize our 2014 Sustainability Report. The numbers have been gathered and the analysis is underway. On the whole, the numbers look encouraging. In the meantime, the highlights of our year have been captured in the infographic at the end of this post.
The path to sustainability is long and demanding. It takes passionate members of the Green Teams in Toronto and Ottawa to work through the many suggestions brought forward by the staff. Some of the suggestions, such as using wheat-based paper in our office copiers, have to be tested and costed out before a commitment can be made. The wheat-based stock was tested in various printers for an extended period of time before we decided to make the switch. The paper itself costs about 15% more than conventional paper. To make up the difference, the staff expects to print many fewer pages. We estimate that in one year, we will have eliminated to converted 2.5 million conventional pages.
Throughout Earth Week and in the following weeks, staff members will be involved in various cleanup activities outdoors, awareness activities and tree plantings. We will absorb the cost of carbon offsets for the production of any orders for sheetfed printing, digital printing or direct mail placed during Earth Week. Until the end of 2015, we will also absorb the cost of carbon offsets for production and paper involved in the printing of sustainability or corporate responsibility reports.