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Edmonton Celebrates Small Business Environmental Heroes

Small Business Eco Challenge

October 20, 2011

When your company car is a scooter, you know you’ve gone green. 

That’s what Edmonton company Earth Legacy has done, and their efforts have paid off as one of seven Edmonton small businesses rewarded through the City of Edmonton’s Small Business Eco Challenge Awards.

The certificates and cheques from the City of Edmonton are only part of the winnings. These companies also have the pleasure of knowing they reduced their carbon emissions, reduced their environmental footprint, and blazed a trail for other small businesses in the community.

The challenge encouraged small businesses to take steps to reduce their environmental impact in any or all of the six The Way We Green challenge areas: energy and climate change, food resiliency, solid waste reduction, land conservation, water protection and air quality.

In total, 14 local businesses submitted nominations for the challenge which awarded first, second and third place prizes in the small business categories of 1-10 employees, 11-50 employees and 51-100 employees.

The cash prize awards and certificates were presented in a ceremony held October 20 at the Business Link.

‘We value the contributions and efforts by small businesses to reducing their environmental impact.  These efforts will help Edmonton achieve the sustainability and resilience vision contained in The Way We Green,” says Gary Klassen, General Manager, Sustainable Development with the City of Edmonton.


The Winners

1-10 employees

1st place:  EcoAmmo
EcoAmmo provides sustainable building design and construction consulting as well as sustainable operations consulting, carbon monitoring and event tracking for other business.

  • Uses energy – efficient lighting/switch off non-essential equipment
  • Local food suppliers for catering
  • Paper-free office – no printer, fax or copier
  • Encourages clients to implement water saving strategies at events

2nd place:  Earth Legacy
Earth Legacy provides landscape design, implementation and education for sustainable landscapes and permaculture.

  • Wind powered web site
  • Company vehicle is a scooter
  • Landscapes designed by the company encourage soil preservation, water catchment and biodiversity
  • No pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers are used

3rd place:  Jasen Maminski – Web Development
Jasen is a web site builder of over 10 years experience. He has created websites and web applications for numerous companies, governments and industries.

  • Home-based business reduces GHGs and energy use
  • Company reimburses staff costs for bus or LRT travel
  • Catering services through local businesses using locally-grown produce
  • Employees encouraged to limit printing of documents

11-50 Employees

1st place:  Oil Country Engineering Services
Oil Country Engineering provides consulting, design and testing services to the oilfield manufacturing industry.

  • Systems operated with purchased 100% renewable energy
  • Vericomposting for lunch scraps
  • Offices cleaned with natural, biodegradable cleaning products
  • Creating a Goods Sharing website for employees to share belongings

2nd place:  PC Corp
PC Corp offers business to business network infrastructure implementation and support as well as large volume procurement.

  • Offers its clients remote service options for network support
  • Encourages clients to use EPEAT or Energy Star-rated equipment
  • Requires all suppliers to report on their environmental practice
  • Company Green Practices Committee to meet environmental obligations.

3rd place:  Solstice Canada Corporation
Solstice Canada is an environmental consulting company specializing in soil assessment, remediation, project management and air photo interpretation.

  • Renovated building to be eco-friendly
  • Employee Green Team of employees
  • Purchases locally grown vegetables or other products for lunches
  • Works with clients to recognize and protect areas of ecological significance

51-100 employees

Winner:  Urban Systems
Urban Systems provides consulting services in transportation planning, stormwater management, landscape architecture and community planning

  • Renovate existing downtown building for walkability
  • Purchases bus passes for its employees and bike share program for employees
  • Meatless Monday potluck
  • Uses bicycle couriers for deliveries

The challenge was launched during Environment Week in June and winners were announced in October during Small Business Week and Waste Reduction Week.

Visit Small Business Eco Challenge for more information on the prize winners.