Our environmental strategy covers all areas of the business from design and suppliers to the way we run our everyday operations.
We were one of the first businesses in HRM to make the change over to Natural Gas and we continually monitor our power consumption to ensure optimal use of equipment.
Day-to-day green initiatives:
Recently, Maritime Systems completed a major project to improve the insulation of our roof on the front third of our facility. The project, which also included roof replacement, required significant investment and was supported by the Eco-Efficiency Retrofit Program out of Ottawa. We have improved the insulation value of the roof from R10 to R20 resulting in a savings of $12,000!
Maritime Systems implemented a Low-Voltage lighting control system that allows us to turn lights on independently in the areas needed for overtime or weekend work, or when only certain parts of the site are in use. In the previous lighting system the majority of lights were activated by only a few switches. We have seen significant reduction on energy consumption.
Gary Kenny, Maintenance Chargehand, received an Innovation Award for saving the company over $20,000 annually through his recycling program.
Throughout the year, staff participate in clean-up initiatives, including Clean Across Nova Scotia. Employees got geared up with garbage bags to clean up our grounds and neighbourhood.
Each spring, staff pitch in for the Giving Back Garden project. Volunteers build the gardens, plant seeds, weed and water the gardens, and harvest and sell the organic produce. All proceeds are donated to Feeding Others Of Dartmouth (F.O.O.D.). In addition, staff also plant and maintain the flower beds the help our entrance bloom.