TORONTO – Diamond Schmitt Architects is now among Canada’s Greenest Employers. The select group of companies named today is part of an editorial competition organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.
“This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations,” said Richard Yerema,” editor of the program at Mediacorp Canada. “These employers have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.”
“Diamond Schmitt Architects is an industry leader in designing environmentally sustainable buildings for our clients and we practice what we preach,” said Birgit Siber, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
Among the reasons highlighted by the judges to award the Greenest Employer to the design firm are a company policy that supports research, development, education and mentoring to advance green initiatives, such as ecoMetrics, a method to compare energy-saving measures across the firm’s portfolio of buildings. An in-house sustainable design committee seeks out and implements green initiatives for the office, from sourcing recycled-content supplies to using a green car service for travel to the airport. Only five percent of office staff drives to work; the majority use transit, cycle or walk. The company also participates in an annual fundraising drive in support of environmental causes.
The company has 24 LEED accredited architects and has completed 28 LEED certified projects with an additional 9 LEED registered projects on the go. Two current projects are also designed to meet the “Living Building Challenge” to be completely carbon neutral, or even net positive.
In addition to being among Canada’s Greenest Employers, Diamond Schmitt Architects this year has been named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Greater Toronto’s Top Employers, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers as well as renewing its position in the Platinum Club of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architectural firm based in Toronto with an international reputation for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. An extensive portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, sports facilities, master plans, residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.