We have applied environmentally-conscious concepts and practices to our own business to align our values with our operations, and have established a sustainability policy that guides our internal efforts (available upon request).
Our GHG Inventory
Over the past eight years Cameron-Cole has quantified and publicly reported our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory to The Climate Registry. The boundaries of our inventory include Scope 1 emissions (from metered natural gas; company-owned vehicles and equipment; hydrofluorocarbons from refrigerant usage) and Scope 2 emissions (from purchased electricity). Our footprint is consistent with that of a typical environmental services provider. The majority of our emissions are a result of purchased electricity, followed by fleet vehicle emissions. Our goal in future inventories is to actively work to decrease our total footprint.
Cameron-Cole is a founding member of The Climate Registry and has achieved Climate Registered™ status for eight consecutive emission years by successfully measuring and verifying its carbon footprint according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program. The Climate Registry is a nonprofit organization that operates the only carbon footprint registry in North America supported by states, provinces, territories and tribes. For more information, please visit www.theclimateregistry.org.
Sustainable Engineering Solutions
Cameron-Cole is committed to helping clients achieve the highest level of sustainability in their engineering designs by evaluation of a wide array of energy saving measures, material components, and alternative and innovative technologies. We focus upon considerations including carbon footprint, water footprint and automated operation that reduce costly technical labor to service and operate systems. Cameron-Cole has partnered with leading technology developers and research universities, notably the Louisiana State University School of the Coast and Environment, Department of Environmental Sciences to accelerate bringing cutting-edge sustainable technologies to address client challenges, such as our Targeted Microbial Applications program.
Recycling and Energy Use
Within our offices, we have recycling areas where employees are encouraged to recycle office paper, aluminum cans, and paperboard. We also provide ceramic coffee mugs to reduce the need for disposable cups.
In offices with windows, most employees opt to work in natural sunlight. Energy-saving light bulbs are available for employees that use desktop lamps. It is common practice in all our offices to turn off lights in unused rooms and when leaving for an extended period. We also encourage powering off “watt wasters” (electronic equipment left on standby mode) at the end of the day.
To reduce the use of paper and other related resources, internal Cameron-Cole staff communications and products are sent electronically. For our clients, many products are also submitted electronically, including our proposals, reports, and marketing collateral. If the client desires hard copies, every effort is made to use recycled paper and print double-sided. The majority of our payroll services are conducted in a paperless system.
On our staff business cards and select marketing materials, we opted to use FSC-certified paper and FSC-certified printing companies that have qualified to operate under FSC’s strict guidelines. FSC is a nonprofit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
Strategic Office Locations
Locating our offices in areas where walking, biking, carpooling or mass transit for commuting are options is a criterion in our decision process, and our employees are taking advantage of this in many of our offices. In cities where mass transit is feasible, Cameron-Cole subsidizes employee use of mass transit programs. For example in our Boulder office, every employee has the ability to use Eco Pass, a business program to support the use of Boulder’s RTD service.
Our mission is to continue to improve on our efforts and to look for even more ways to conserve resources in our operations.