What is environmental sustainability?
Environmental sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
(Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987)
Global warming and climate changes clearly shows that how we live today will dramatically affect what the world will look like tomorrow. This means we have to reconsider how and what we consume, how we move and our travel habits, and many other aspects of our lives. That’s why Atlantic Lottery is taking significant steps to lessen our impact on the environment, and to redesign elements of our operations. This undertaking is a vital component of our overall commitment to social responsibility.
But making this commitment isn’t just about contributing to a more sustainable future. Equally, our commitment to the environment yields social and economic benefits. Reimaging how we do business and reducing our consumption of everything from energy to paper is good for both the environment and our business.
Atlantic Lottery’s policy and framework
In 2007, Atlantic Lottery developed an environmental policy focused on reducing our impact on the environment by increasing the amount of waste diverted from landfills, reducing carbon emissions and decreasing the consumption of paper, water and energy throughout our company. Our five key focus areas are:
• Carbon emissions
Our employees play an important part in helping to build a greener Atlantic Lottery to ensure we are delivering our products and services with a reduced impact on the environment. Our employees led the charge by implementing a number of simple, yet highly effective, environmental initiatives. From implementing electronic pay stubs, organizing a yearly employee eco-health travel challenge and celebrating Earth Day and Earth Hour, to a Power Down employee campaign and removing Styrofoam and plastics from our kitchen areas; our end result is that we’re enhancing our culture of green.
Atlantic Lottery’s future is all about action and we’re committed to improving our environmental sustainability. Atlantic Lottery will continue to make improvements from ongoing facility changes, environmental audits and sourcing our goods and services from companies that share our values to ensuring our supply contracts include environmentally responsible end-of-life plans.
Atlantic Lottery’s commitment to protecting the environment is an integral part of our overall commitment to Corporate Social Responsibly and making Atlantic Canada a better place by helping ensure our planet’s resources are available for generations to come.