Central Support Services
Central Services is a leader in helping government to reduce its environmental footprint. It has implemented strategies across government ministries to reduce CO2 emissions, energy and water use, and waste generation. It focuses on implementing environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices in transportation and building construction and operation.
A major step in incorporating environmental sustainability into government building operations is the adoption of environmental standards for all new construction projects including LEED Certification and BOMA BESt Certification.
LEED Certification - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Two buildings have achieved LEED Silver certification:
Four buildings are currently being evaluated for LEED Certification:
BOMA BESt Certification - BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standards) is a national certification program launched in 2005 by the Building Operators and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada to acknowledge buildings that are managed in an environmentally-friendly manner.
Central Services has 11 buildings that currently have BOMA BESt certification:
The Central Support division also provides leadership and promotes sustainable operations of the building portfolio through accepted environmental and conservation practices to reduce consumption, costs and environmental impact. The key focus areas are:
The division provides a full-range of vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management services to government and other public sector organizations. Reducing the impact of government's environmental footprint is one of the key goals of the transportation portfolio.
Aging vehicles are being replaced to reduce maintenance costs and the fleet is being upgraded with more fuel efficient cars and trucks whenever possible. Vehicles are typically replaced when they reach a certain age, mileage, or become unserviceable. Presently, the province has set its replacement threshold and lifecycle for the replacement of vehicles at 300,000 kilometers or 14 years of service.
As a best-practice, many government fleets now replace vehicles with the smallest, lowest cost vehicle that meets work requirements. Fuel-efficient vehicles that minimize the environmental footprint are favored where possible. A Vehicle Replacement and Right Sizing Guide have been developed to assist clients in making decisions that will meet both their needs and the goal of protecting the environment.