In Fall 2021, the firm brought in our team at GreenLight Solutions to expand its commitment to sustainability to its office space. SPS+ Architects wanted to explore how to improve its waste management practices in its day-to-day office operations. To start the project off right, our team needed to establish a baseline of the firm’s existing waste production. To do this, our team conducted a 3-day office waste audit as well as curated an employee questionnaire.
For example, a significant amount of the waste recorded was plastic water bottles, which we recommend should be switched out for company-branded reusable water bottles. Our last set of recommendations was to provide educational materials and signage for the SPS+ offices. We created SPS+ branded recycling and composting infographics, posters, and presentations to be utilized at all their office locations.
When our team first started this project, we had a vision that SPS + Architects had the tools, strategies, and education to operate a waste-conscious workplace culture and actively reduce its waste production. Therefore, our mission was to conduct a waste audit and employee interviews, analyze the workplace operations and culture, and provide recommendations – all in under three months. Not only did we accomplish our mission and fulfill our vision, SPS+ Architects is moving forward with our recommendations and plans to continue its sustainability journey in 2022 and beyond.
Written by: Meghan Marshall, Kristen Keller, Juliana Veldhuizen