Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co.
Leadership employees at Perkins+Will Canada   (Photo credit: Ronnie Lee Hill)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Perkins+Will Canada Architects Co. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • With 20 offices worldwide, Perkins+Will has completed 430 LEED certified projects, including Canada's highest scoring LEED NC Platinum project as well as the country's first LEED NC Gold certified project -- the firm employs over 1,100 LEED accredited professionals worldwide and encourages unaccredited personnel to pursue their designation with paid study time and exam fee reimbursement
  • Perkin+Will Canada is also a signatory to the 2030 Challenge, to challenge industry professionals to make all projects carbon neutral by 2030, and works closely with Passive House Canada to develop an industry training program for the design and building of passive buildings
  • Perkins+Will Canada offers combined health and transit subsidies of up to $1,200 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 per cent of head office employees riding, walking, taking transit or carpooling to work
Perkins+Will Canada employees watching a green-themed lunch presentation  

Highlights

Industry Architectural services
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 189
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 $1,200) that can be used for alternative transportation (95 per cent of its Vancouver employees walk, bike, take transit or carpool to work), sustainable cleaning policy (includes cleaning products as well as procedures), fair trade coffee (and commercial grade espresso machine to reduce disposable paper cups)
Extended recycling composting organics (waste management policy has achieved an 85 per cent waste diversion rate)
External environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Commuter Challenge, Climate Smart (emissions calculator for travel and offsets travel emissions every year), 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), 2030 Challenge (initiative to challenge industry professionals to make all projects carbon neutral by 2030), Passive House Canada (worked closely to develop a training program for industry professionals on designing and building passive buildings, currently has five projects targeting Passive House certification)
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 garden (fruit and vegetable harvest shared over lunch)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, transit subsidies

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