The past year solidified McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) as a leader in green building management and employment practices.
In the area of Environmental concerns waste, water and energy were the top environmental indicators that MIP continued to focus on. MIP has a large kiosk screen for the public to view in real time how members contribute to overall usage of energy and water. It also shows the effectiveness of technologies like cistern water tanks which collect rain water for non-potable water uses, passive solar, carbon dioxide lighting sensors, radiant cooling and heating and other upgrades and retrofits. MIP also focused on transportation initiatives in 2017, continuing the car share program and committing to electric car charging stations.
In the area of Social concerns, our initiatives for 2017 included food drives and company volunteerism (Habitat for Humanity), employee education/professional development programs, and the Art in the Workplace program which supports local artists.
An MIP staff member was trained in the B Lab Assessment process and successfully completed the assessment in the summer of 2017. MIP enthusiastically established its baseline as the second SBI member to complete the B Lab Assessment when it was introduced. Our scores were compared against 340 Ordinary businesses that also have 10 – 49 employees. It became apparent through the results that we had achieved a positive impact but also revealed areas where we needed to take notice of and set goals for the future.
(all description taken from the 2017-2018 Annual Business Report)