Carbon Footprint Reduction

We focus on reducing our energy and paper use and diverting waste from landfill.

To reduce energy use, we’ve replaced energy-intensive fluorescent and incandescent lights with LED lights, installed variable frequency drives on air handling units, and recommissioned heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to optimize their efficiency.

We’ve chosen green energy from Bullfrog Power for PlayOLG, the PlaySmart website, and OLG’s entire network of digital signs.

Most of the paper we use is for lottery tickets. Through redesign initiatives like reducing font sizes to the smallest allowable point size and maximizing the use of printable areas while continuing to print messages needed for Responsible Gambling and regulatory requirements, we’ve reduced lottery ticket sizes by 25 per cent since fiscal 2008-09.

In addition to grassroots waste reduction efforts, we participate in waste reduction and diversion programs run by TerraCycle for small non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle items, Ontario Electronic Stewardship for electronic waste and OfficeMax Grand & Toy for paper and printer supplies.

-19,300 tonnes of CO2

Our reduction in CO2 emissions since fiscal 2008-09 is equal to the amount of CO2 emissions from 4,000 homes for one year.

Employee Participation

Site-led Bet on Green teams bring our environmental commitments to life at each gambling site location and in the communities we serve.

We introduced the Green Leadership Certificate program for employees who want to take the extra step of learning more about sustainability and leading site Bet on Green teams’ activities. To earn a certificate, they must complete five online learning modules co-developed by OLG and WWF-Canada, and participate in at least two Bet on Green volunteer events.

We also encourage employees to volunteer in community programs sponsored by OLG such as WWF-Canada’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Volunteer Conservation Volunteer Program.

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Green Leadership Certificates Awarded to Employees