How do we do it?
We invest in our buildings to make them more energy efficient and cut waste production in our offices. We teleconference, videoconference and web conference to reduce the need for travel. We also provide financing to developers of clean and renewable energy projects.
Investing in the future
In 2011, we invested approximately $217 million into renewable energy projects like the Kapuskasing North Hydroelectric Project in northern Ontario. In our offices, we recycle used printer cartridges, electronics, fluorescent lamps, paper, cardboard, glass and plastic. In our building projects we incorporate LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principles, supporting our strategy to own a portfolio of real estate assets that have a sustainable footprint achieved through proactive management of their effects on the environment.
® LEED is a registered trade-mark of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Our efforts have helped keep thousands of kilograms of solid waste out of landfills and earned us international recognition as a leader in sustainable practices. Our work has earned us a spot on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America. For 11 consecutive years, we’ve been included on the FTSE4Good Index, which identifies companies that meet globally recognized standards for environmental sustainability, social betterment, stakeholder relations and human rights protection.
We’re proud of what we’ve done and we’re excited about what we’ll do next. For more information on our sustainability initiatives, please read our Public Accountability Statement and Sustainability Report.