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Foothills Systems Environmental Policy

Foothills Systems recognizes environmental protection as one of our guiding principles and a key part of sound business performance. We are committed to providing a quality service in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and minimizes our potential impact on the environment. We will operate in compliance with all relevant federal, provincial, and municipal environmental legislation, and we will strive to use pollution prevention and environmental best practices in all we do. We are committed to continuously improving our program and preventing pollution thus maintaining the work environment in the best condition as possible. We are committed to supporting the environmental protection program in all cities and municipalities where we perform work.

Our commitment to the environment is to:

Integrate the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all of our decision making and activities
Promote environmental awareness among our employees and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner
Train, educate, and inform our employees about environmental issues that may affect their work
Reduce waste through re-use and recycling and by purchasing recycled, recyclable or refurbished products and materials where these alternatives are available, economical, and suitable
Promote efficient use of materials and resources throughout our facility including water, electricity, raw materials and other resources, particularly those that are non-renewable
Avoid unnecessary use of hazardous materials and products, seek substitutions when feasible, and take all reasonable steps to protect human health and the environment when such materials must be used, stored or disposed of.
Purchase and use environmentally responsible products that have been selected based on criteria including low toxicity or environmental hazard, durability, use of recycled materials, reduced energy and/or water consumption, reduced packaging and ability to be recycled, refilled or refurbished at end of life
Where required by legislation, or where significant health, safety, or environmental hazards exist, develop and maintain appropriate emergency and spill response programs
Regularly communicate our environmental program to our clients, customers, and the public to encourage them to support it
Strive to continually improve our environmental performance by periodically reviewing our environmental policy in light of our current and planned future activities
Reduce vehicle emissions by purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles when possible, inspection and regular maintenance to prevent environmental contamination due to leaks, and to prevent the waste of fuel through unnecessary idling.

ISO & LEED Comparison

In today’s competitive business environment companies want to be confident that they are doing business with a green minded organization that can deliver quality goods and services in a timely manner which will meet their needs. That is why Borroughs is ISO 14001:2004 Certified.

Although ISO certifications don’t directly correlate into LEED points, ISO compliments LEED because it helps maintain a level of performance and continuous improvement. Working with a company that has ISO certification will assist your company in gaining LEED certification.

ISO 14001 is a certification system used by business to certify that the site has an environmental management system. LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a rating system for construction.

ISO 14001:2004

Consumers are also demanding that companies take into account their impact on the environment and will only do business with companies that have ISO 14001 certification. ISO 14001 is an environmental standard which helps all types of organizations to protect the environment, prevent pollution, and improve their environmental performance.

The following is a brief description of our company’s effort to reuse and recycle:

Our steel has a recycled content of anywhere from 25% to over 90%
The corrugated packing we use has a recycled content of 20-40%
Our powder coating paint does not release any volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) into the atmosphere
Excess paint or color changes are sent for recycling and are reused in either a different color formation or as road surface material
Universal waste such as batteries, fluorescent lights, and computer monitors are recycled
In one year, we saved over 3,200 barrels of oil – the equivalent of more than 1,000,000 kilowatt of electricity just by recycling steel. That’s enough electricity to provide power to 100 average sized houses for a year.
Each of these efforts demonstrates our commitment to preserving the environment where all of us live.

What, why and how of LEED certification

LEED is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a Washington D.C. based non-profit coalition of building industry leaders and is an accredited certification program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green building. Its main goal is to increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings.

Who uses LEED?

Provincial and local governments
Federal Agencies
Architects
Interior Designers
Engineers
Construction Managers
Facilities Managers

LEED Rating System Categories

Commercial Interiors
New Construction
Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
Core & Shell
Schools
Retail Healthcare
Neighbourhood Development

There are four levels of LEED achievement:

 

Certified:          40+ Points
Silver:               50+ Points
Gold:               60+ Points
Platinum:         80+ Points

LEED points are awarded on a 100 point scale and credits are weighted to reflect their potential environmental impacts. Additionally, 10 bonus credits are available, four of which address regionally specific environmental issues. A project must satisfy all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to be certified.

Example: LEED for Commercial Interiors

Sustainable Sites:
Water Efficiency:
Energy & Atmosphere:
Materials & Resources:
Indoor Environmental Quality:
21
11
37
14
17
Bonus Points
Innovative in design:
Regional priority:
6
4
Points: 100  Total Possible Points: 110