DCC environmental team helping Client-Partner, government meet green goals

Aerial view of the Goose Bay remediation projection. The clean-up is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Aerial view of the Goose Bay remediation projection. The clean-up is scheduled to be completed by 2020.

The environment is important to Canada and to Canadians—and it is important for DCC, too.

Environmental practitioners have been in the organization’s ranks since the 1990s, and they now make up roughly 10 percent of the workforce, says George Theoharopoulos, DCC’s National Service Line Leader for Environmental Services.

“Government has given all departments a clear mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, invest in green infrastructure and green technology, and clean up contaminated sites. DCC has stepped up to support DND as it has taken on these priorities,” he says.

For example, DCC is currently putting its experience and expertise in the area of contaminated sites to work, arranging and managing 40 site assessments worth $4.2 million in 2016–2017 through the Accelerated Assessment Program under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP), Theoharopoulos explains. Next year will see even more activity, with 80 projects on the go—both assessments and actual site clean-ups— for a total of $125 million.

At the same time, DCC is helping DND bases and wings nation-wide to improve their energy efficiency, by supporting DND in meeting their target of establishing 30 energy performance contracts by the end of the 2017–2018 fiscal year. Through these contracts, the Client-Partner commits to energy-saving technology and infrastructure upgrades, including improved metering systems. The savings accrued pay for the required work.

DCC’s environmental services team is also focusing on helping DND manage operational environmental risks. “Training on this topic over the next year will be received by all practitioners, since it effects just about everything DCC does,” Theoharopoulos says.


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