HOK has just been named one of Canada's greenest employers. For full list, go here. Each company competing for this prostigious award was evaluated based on:
(1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.
Why was HOK Canada selected? The company...
- is integrating sustainable design guidelines into every project and educating clients about sustainable design issues and opportunities
- has over 100 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professionals in Canada (and over 750 worldwide) who also work as ambassadors, regularly participating in public presentations about sustainable living and building design
- has completed over 30 LEED-certified projects worldwide with nine projects reaching the highest LEED-Gold standard, including the Toronto head office
- has unique building partnerships with the Biomimicry Guild (which incorporates nature's best ideas into building design), and the Clean Air Foundation's unique "One Panel" initiative to help promote solar power generation in Canada
- introduced a number of workplace initiatives, from recycled paper to biodegradable cleaning products to motion sensor-controlled lighting fixtures in the office
- recently implemented a carbon footprint reduction strategy to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by 2010
- sources its power from Bullfrog Power, a leading Canadian power provider that sources power exclusively from emission-free sources, such as wind and low-impact hyrdro