Our everyday business decisions and processes aim to be planet conscious and socially responsible. Simply put, sustainability for Winnipeg Airports Authority is about doing the right thing for our company, our environment, and our community.
LEED Silver certification
The Winnipeg Richardson International Airport terminal achieved LEED Silver certification in early 2015. The building was designed as a series of transparent, luminous pavilions to take advantage of Manitoba's prairie landscape and sky.
Many sustainable strategies were incorporated into the design to reduce the terminal's environmental impact, including a high-performance building envelope, displacement ventilation, radiant floor system, heat recovery systems, high-efficiency lighting, and mechanical systems.
Fair Trade Workplace
WAA has been recognized with the Fair Trade Workplace designation. We're proud that we were the second corporation in Canada awarded this designation by Fairtrade Canada.
The Fair Trade Workplace Program recognizes offices that demonstrate a strong commitment to fair trade by making products available to their staff and visitors. The workplace designation encourages employees to be mindful of the true value of labour and the human costs of production. As part of the program, we provide fair trade products in employee lunchrooms and continue to look for ways to include fair trade options in our purchasing processes.
Avoid, reduce, reuse, and recycle
A comprehensive waste management program was established to divert several types of materials from the landfill, including paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, tin, plastics, electronic waste, writing instruments, old supplies and furnishings, construction and demolition waste, and batteries.
We maintain a partnership with the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association on the Recycle Everywhere Program. The goal of our partnership is to increase the amount of beverage containers recycled from a variety of places within the airport, including lobbies, cafeterias, common areas, departures and arrivals areas, and all other public spaces.