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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.

Buildings

Helpful Resource

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.

Fleets

Procurement

  • 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.

Helpful Resource

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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.

Helpful Resource

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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.

What have others done?

Corner Brook's Green City Hall
Carbonear's Energy-Efficient Community Pool
Marystown's Green Recreation Complex
Mount Pearl's Innovative Summit Centre