1% For The Planet
As a member organization of 1% for the Planet, Manoverboard gives the equivalent of 1% of its revenues to select nonprofit partners that are benefiting the environment.
We make every effort to bake sustainability into everything we do at Manoverboard. This includes our work habits, 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 this place that we call home.
While the pace of work has dramatically increased over the past couple of decades, we aim to work in a sane and productive environment. We don’t pull all-nighters and generally don’t respond to 24-hour deadlines. We believe in thoughtful, careful planning and strategic thinking. We have an expectation of excellence in everything we do. Healthful, sustainable work comes with respect for our clients, colleagues, and partners.
We are proud members of 1% for the Planet. Part of our commitment to this network of businesses and nonprofits is to donate one percent of our total annual revenue to organizations advocating for resource conservation, shared environmental responsibility, and urgent climate action. These organizations do the heavy lifting of addressing climate change and economic and social justice for our province, country and planet.
The electricity that powers our office is supplied by renewable energy through Manitoba Hydro. We are also a commercial customer of Bullfrog Power, which is a B Corporation. Bullfrog calculates our annual energy use in our studio and in turn, injects the equivalent amount of green natural gas into the pipeline on our behalf. These energy choices minimize our environmental impact, reduce overall reliance on fossil fuels, and support high-quality Canadian renewable energy.
Our studio 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 turned it into a two-story office building that houses five spaces. The office structure is built with the world’s most recyclable natural resource — wood. It offers an on-demand hot water system, a high-efficiency electric boiler (rated near 100%) and radiant heat warms the building 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 studio space and the wait was worth every minute. Our team members live within walking or bussing distance of the office, and our commutes are less than fifteen minutes. Andrew’s commute is less than 5 minutes from his house, by foot! When we do need to 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 projects are printed on paper derived from sustainable forests and healthy communities. We also prefer soy-based inks for printing.