Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co.
Employees on Perkins+Will Canada's leadership team   (Photo credit: Ronnie Lee Hill)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Perkins+Will Canada has completed over 380 LEED certified projects -- the firm employs over 1,200 LEED accredited professionals worldwide and encourages unaccredited personnel to pursue designation within 6 months of hire
  • Perkins+Will Canada offers combined health and transit subsidies of up to $900 per year, which can be directed to alternative transportation costs -- the head office also features secure bike storage and shower facilities to encourage alternative modes of transportation with fully 95% of head office employees riding, walking, taking transit or carpooling to work
Employee tending to Perkins+Will Canada's garden  

Highlights

Industry Architectural Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 181
Employee green team Research and Sustainability Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Research
Formal strategy/policy name SDI Strategic Plan (long-term plan to become the world's leading sustainable design firm), Green Operations Plan (guides the firm's day-to-day operations)
Green highlights health and transit subsidies (to $900) that can be used towards alternative transportation (95% of its Vancouver employees walk, bike, ride transit or carpool to work), Perkin+Wills Energy Cup (unique online energy saving competition between office locations), in-house "Pass on Trash" competition (offices compete to divert the most waste from landfill), committed to the industry-led "2030 Challenge" pledging that all projects be designed to be carbon neutral by 2030, sustainable cleaning policy (includes cleaning products as well as procedures), fair trade coffee
Extended recycling composting organics
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
External environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Commuter Challenge, Climate Smart (emissions calculator for travel to offset travel emissions), Canada Green Building Council (the firm's Founder, Peter Busby, is a founding member and was instrumental in bringing the LEED rating system to Canada)
Head office LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes green roof, passive ventilation and cooling during summer months, living green wall to improve air quality, employee-managed rooftop fruit and vegetable garden

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