Geoffrey Peg, Director of Sustainability at Telus, welcomed us in the building “Telus garden” located in Georgia street downtown Vancouver. We started our tour on the roof of the building, where Mr.Peg talked about the building, that they currently share with Amazon and a law firm.
“The goal: to design an office building to inspire its occupants, animate Georgia Street, and set a new standard for sustainable workplace design in North America.” – Gregory Henriquez, Design Architect
Telus garden is the first building in Canada built to target the new 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard, and is own by Westbank Corporation. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Telus garden is part of Telus strategy on sustainability.
We continued our tour in the building where Mr.Peg introduced the company, talked about the company’s strategy on sustainability, and focused on how his team and employees at Telus worked.
We finished our visit with a tour of the premises. Telus has open spaces, temporary and permanent offices, meeting rooms and conferences. We were surprised to see how modern and comfortable the premises were. Employees can work in friendly workplaces, with soothing atmosphere.
Telus Corporation (also referred to as TELUS) is a leading Canadian national telecommunications company providing its customers with a wide range of both products and services including internet access, video, satellite and IPTV television.
The company is currently based in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, employs more than 20 000 people, and owns delivery centers in eight different countries.
Focus on sustainability at Telus
Sustainability issues at Telus are taken care of by a small team composed of 6 passionate members with different backgrounds, including Mr. Peg.
The company is nowadays recognized as a world leader in sustainability performance as they were named one of the global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world by Corporate Knights.
The company is focusing on environmental stewardship, and involves all communities in their strategy (employees, customers, investors…). For example, they focus on reducing energy consumption, on investing in causes they care about (in health, education and environment), on creating reliable networks and systems for their customers, and on adopting ethical behavior and transparency.
As the course we are taking in SFU is focusing on sustainable innovation it was very interesting for us to have the opportunity to visit Tellus, and we would like to thank Mr Peg for the time he took to let us discover this amazing company.
Written by Camille Cros