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Small Business Eco Challenge


The Small Business Eco Challenge celebrates the environmental achievements of small businesses operating in Edmonton. 

Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

First category: Businesses with 1-10 employees

3rd place: Simply Orthodontics

Simply Orthodontics is a dental specialty practice specializing in oral health care in the area of Orthodontics and Dentofacial orthopedics.

Their environmental initiatives include:

  • chemical free sterilization equipment and Digital X-ray machines so no lead foils, films and chemicals are used
  • purchasing a digital dental impression machine so 3D models can be used instead of disposable impression trays and materials

2nd place: EcoAmmo

The EcoAmmo team acts as a project manager and guide construction projects and business operations to transition towards sustainability.

Their environmental initiatives include:

  • employee benefits of a $250/year green credit
  • a paperless office with no printer, Xerox or fax machine - clients are requested to provide everything digitally

1st place: Earth Legacy Inc.

Earth Legacy helps homeowners make a transition from unsustainable, traditional landscapes into abundant, diverse and ecologically rich landscape designs.

Their environmental initiatives include:

  • engaging in public outreach through “green” educational talks and events
  • looking for other sites that may be able to use the waste products from current projects as a resource such as bricks, logs, and plants

Medium Businesses with 11-50 Employees

2nd place: B&B Demolition

B&B Demolition is a local demolition company specializing in recycling a full range of structural construction waste in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Their environmental initiatives include:

  • achieving recycling rates as high as 89 per cent when demolishing buildings
  • partnering with other local businesses to up-cycle and reuse building materials that are in good condition such as doors, windows, and cabinets

1st place: Oil Country Engineering Services

Oil Country Engineering is a land-based drilling rig consulting firm that incorporates a number of green programs in the workplace:

Their environmental initiatives include:

  • providing a Green Credit Program where employees receive money back from the company when purchasing Green products
  • worms that eat their lunch - they have 4 vermicompost bins and so many worms that staff  take them home to start their own vermicomposting

First category: Businesses with 1-10 employees

1st place: Manasc Isaac Architects

Manasc Isaac is a firm of architects, engineers and interior designers that puts special attention into sustainability design.

Their environmental initiatives include:

  • solar panels on their own office building, which generates about 10 per cent of building’s needed power - since being installed have saved approximately 56,000 pounds of carbon dioxide
  • waterless urinals in their office which has been estimated to conserve 40,000 litres of water per year….each!

Award Details

Award Criteria

Entries are judged within the six categories included in the City's environmental strategic plan The Way We Green:

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Food Resiliency: protection of local food supply or agriculture
  • Solid Waste Reduction
  • Land Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Water Quality Protection and Conservation
  • Air Quality

Only for-profit enterprises within the city of Edmonton that have been in operation for year or more qualify for the challenge. Winners are selected on the basis of overall environmental performance.

Categories

  • 1-10 Employees
  • 11-50 Employees
  • 51-100 Employees

Prizes

All prizes include recognition on the City of Edmonton's You're Gonna Love Green web page and in media releases prepared at the time of winning, as well as:

  • First Prize: $500 Cash
  • Second Prize $300 Cash
  • Third Prize: $100 Cash

For more information:

Telephone

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Email sbecochallenge@edmonton.ca