March is a month that many people welcome, for plenty of reasons. Whether it’s the warming weather that reminds us spring is just around the corner, the increasingly high profile of International Women’s Day, or the extra hour of daylight we get in the evenings, it’s hard to deny the good vibes that accompany this time of year. However, no mention of March is complete without a nod to St. Patrick’s Day – a celebration of Ireland and its green culture. In the spirit of the day, we’d like to take the opportunity to twist the concept a little bit and talk about some of the clients we work with, and the green initiatives they have in place in order to work towards a better future.
In Saskatchewan, known for its farms and high exports of grains, working with the land has been a staple of life for generations. And few people know that better than the team behind Agriculture Advisory Group (AAG), a boutique agricultural consulting agency that helps farmers and growers make the most out of every acre. AAG promotes the use of regenerative agriculture in order to enrich and rejuvenate soil health – a philosophy that encourages complementary crop planting, better water management, more growth of native plants, and as little tilling, pesticide, or herbicide use as possible. The result? Richer soils that store more carbon, resist erosion, produce healthier plants, and are more capable of sustaining themselves in the future.
Staying in Saskatchewan, but pivoting to a different industry, we are long-time collaborators with the international energy company Orano. Breaking away from a dependence on oil and gas products for energy generation, Orano mines and refines some of the highest-grade uranium on the planet in northern Saskatchewan. However, they do it very responsibly, and from the start of every project, they consider and mitigate any environmental damage: they monitor air, water, and soil quality, not only at their sites but in the areas around them; consult with local communities to ensure traditional land use activities, like hunting or fishing, can continue and quality of life is not lessened; replant trees and encourage grassland growth in decommissioned areas; return to those areas for years afterward to ensure a flourishing environment, free of contamination or pollution.
INGU Solutions, Inc.
In a similar industrial vein, we are also doing work with INGU Solutions, based out of Calgary. Focusing on oil and gas pipelines, Ingu has developed new, small-scale sensor technologies that can inspect and monitor pipelines while they are in operation, detecting leaks, weak points, sediment deposits, and other issues before a spill happens. This preventative, easily-repeatable maintenance can find and eliminate fugitive emissions, protect the environment from chemicals, and make it much more cost- and time-effective for petroleum companies to monitor their pipelines, ultimately creating safer transportation across the industry.
Finally, we want to mention Goldray Glass and their adoption of many green measures in their offices and manufacturing plant. For years, they have recycled excess glass, cardboard, paper, and toner cartridges, and all purchased paper and cartridges are from recycled sources; in addition, their office uses an electronic tracking system and a “green sample” system to reduce waste. They have also eliminated the use of lead pigments in all their coatings, and reduced usage of toxic chemicals in all of their process.Their environmental statement lays it out in greater detail, but we can say this for sure – we are proud to work with a company that constantly strives to reduce its environmental impact and improve its processes.