At Manoverboard, we work to bake sustainability into our practice, our work habits and workspaces, our designs, and our aspirations for ourselves, our clients, and our planet. While far from perfect, we aspire to do what’s right for the place we call home.
While the pace of work has dramatically increased over the past 20 years, we seek to work in a sane and productive environment. We don’t pull all-nighters and we typically do not respond to 24-hour deadlines. We believe in thoughtful, careful planning and strategic thinking and we respect our clients, colleagues, and partners; we believe that this is the only way that humanity can live sustainably and healthfully. We also demand excellence of ourselves in everything we do, including the delivery and quality of our services and products.
The electricity that powers our office is supplied by renewable energy through Manitoba Hydro. For natural gas, we are a commercial customer of Bullfrog Power, a B Corporation that has calculated our annual gas usage for our office space. As their website indicates, “Bullfrog purchases green energy from a number of Canadian producers to ensure we can meet the current and future requirements of our customers. By paying a little extra for green energy, you are sending a price signal through the market that makes it economically possible for these producers to operate and to build new renewable projects.”
The office in which we work was originally a large garage built to repair vehicles in the early 1900s. Sitting in disrepair for many years, our developer took a one-story structure and built a two-story office building that houses five spaces. The office structure is built with the worlds most recyclable natural resource—wood. It offers an on-demand hot water system, a high-efficiency electric boiler (rated near 100%) and the building is warmed by radiant heat supplemented by a heated thermal mass at the building’s core. The timber-framed building is warm, comfortable, and giving.
It took nearly two years to develop our office space and the wait was worth every minute. Our team lives within walking or bussing distance of the office, and our commute is less than fifteen minutes. When we do drive—it is, after all, sometimes cold in Canada—the amount of carbon expended is minimal.
Whenever possible, we source all of our paper products from companies that provide Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. This ensures that our designs are printed on paper derived from sustainable forests and healthy communities. We also prefer soy-based inks (for printing).
The great challenge of the twenty-first century is to raise people everywhere to a decent standard of living while preserving as much of the rest of life as possible.