The Green Report is a Government of Ontario report which promotes the effective management practices of CEOs, presidents and owners of Ontario's innovative, high-performance firms.
Spec is Featured in the Think Green Report
Spec has Worms!
Spec starts to compost its food waste using an indoor vermicomposter (worm composter). Worms break down the food waste into nutrient rich soil for gardens. For more information on Vermicomposting go to www.cathyscomposters.com
Earth Day at Spec
On Earth Day every employee was given a stainless steel water bottle. This allowed us to eliminate the paper cups used for the water cooler and it dramatically decreased the purchasing of disposable water bottles that would other wise be thrown out. Spruce tree seedlings were also given out to employees for their homes. Spec employees took time to clean up the outside property.
New Waste Management System Implemented
Besides steel, aluminum and cardboard; particle board, solid wood, PVC Edging, and consumer recyclables are now being recycled. This has increased our waste diversion from landfill from 7% to 75%. Spec has set a goal of 100% diversion by the year 2020.
Spec has an in-house LEED AP
Jed McKie becomes a LEED AP, Accredited Professional. Having a LEED AP on staff helps Spec help our customers who are trying to achieve LEED credits for projects they are working on. Spec is in the early transition phases of having its own facility become a LEED certified building. Having a LEED AP will help Spec along with the process.
Earth Friendly Binders!
Our new cardboard binders are FSC certified and 100% recyclable. All new Spec literature is also printed on FSC certified paper.
Spec Tables Go Green
All Spec tables are now standard with NAUF Particale Board — an earth friendly core made of 100% recycled wood fiber with no added urea formaldehyde. The core is FSC certified, exceeds CARB standards and helps achieve LEED credits.
New "Green Guy" Hired
Spec hires Jed McKie as new Design Engineer (aka Green Guy) with his primary goal being to help Spec achieve the BIFMA Furniture Sustainability Standard aka "level®". The standard is an open, consensus-based method to evaluate the sustainable attributes of furniture products. It addresses all three aspects of sustainability: environmental, economic and social.
Spec Gives 578 lbs of Food to Local Food Bank
Spec employees spent the month of December donating groceries to give to the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. To this date Spec has donated 1003 lbs of food to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Indoor Air Quality
Spec chooses BIFMA FES as their testing standard to measure Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). BIFMA FES is recognized by LEED as equivalent to GREENGUARD. Spec chose BIFMA FES because it's more stringent whereas GREENGUARD is too broad and doesn't address furniture specifically.