Greening Your Operations
Municipal operations offer many opporunities to reduce a community's carbon footprint while delivering cost-effective services to residents.
Greening Your Operations
Successful action on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions requires every part of society to do its part, including municipal governments. For municipal governments, the principle consideration is how you can manage your assets and operations in a manner that effectively delivers the required services, while also reducing your carbon footprint.
What can you do?
Reducing your carbon footprint means reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are generated as a result of your municipality's operations. This requires cutting back on the amount of waste being sent to landfill and the amount of energy used in government buildings and fleets. Our Municipal Government Carbon Calculator can help you estimate the greenhouse gas emissions from your operations and below is a list of actions you can take to green your operations.
- Construct environmentally sustainable buildings
- Renovate existing buildings to save energy
- Improve energy management practices (e.g. optimize HVAC systems; programmable thermostats)
- Complete waste audits to understand the amount and type of waste being generated
- Take actions to increase recycling or composting
Guide to Implementing the Build Better Buildings Policy - The Build Better Buildings Policy requires all buildings built or funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to be constructed in an environmentally sustainable way. This guide provides information on complying with this policy.
- Purchase fuel-efficient vehicles that are right-sized for your operations
- Train drivers to operate vehicles in an efficient way
- Complete regular maintenance of vehicles
- Carpool, where possible
- Purchase environmentally preferable products (e.g. paper with recycled content)
- Select environmentally friendly service providers when available (e.g. couriers with fuel-efficient vehicles)
- Engage employees on the benefits of green procurement
- Green your meetings, events and conferences.
Fuel Consumption Guide - The Federal Government maintains the Fuel Consumption Guide, which lists the fuel efficiency of every new passenger vehicle sold in Canada. This is a useful tool for comparing the fuel efficiency of different models.
Buying Green! - In 2014, the Provincial Government released Buying Green! A Guide for Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products. This guide includes information and fact sheets to support green procurement.