Reducing solid waste production
Manitoba Lotteries has initiated a number of waste minimization and recycling programs. Currently Manitoba Lotteries recycles electronics, light bulbs, cardboard, paper, mixed plastic, aluminum, batteries and metal. As well, Manitoba Lotteries collects and diverts the organic food wastes associated with casino restaurants to a local commercial composting facility. In fiscal 2010, Manitoba Lotteries diverted approximately 110 tonnes of food waste (kitchen prep and plate wastes) to a composting facility.
In fiscal 2010, Manitoba Lotteries also diverted almost 40 tonnes of electronics to a recycling facility. The facility recovers 99% of the material for reuse, including aluminum, copper, mercury, plastic, lead, stainless steel and mixed metals. Some materials are re-purposed rather than recycled, and donated or auctioned where feasible.
Reducing water consumption
Following a comprehensive review for its two casinos, all washroom fixtures were replaced with new high efficient models. Quarterly monitoring of casino water consumption shows that this program has resulted in a 40% reduction in water use. The estimated reduction in water/sewer resulted in significant cost savings.
Enhancing green product selection
Manitoba Lotteries researches the environmental and social issues associated with the numerous goods and services they buy and sustainable specifications are included in all tender documents. A Sustainable Procurement Handbook has been created to support their purchasing requirements.
Enhancing fleet vehicle management
Manitoba Lotteries operates 10 hybrid vehicles in its fleet of approximately 65 vehicles. They continually explore the use of alternative vehicles and alternative fuels, and select cost-effective vehicles that meet their needs and help the environment.
Manitoba Lotteries participates in a Winnipeg Transit program that encourages bus ridership to employees, via discounted bus passes. The organization also supports Earth Week and participates in the Commuter Challenge to foster alternative transportation use by employees.
Supporting procurement of goods and services from local and Aboriginal businesses
Manitoba Lotteries is making local and Aboriginal businesses aware of bid opportunities and providing interested stakeholders information on their procurement processes to help support the community and drive the local economy.
Providing education to employees and awareness outreach
Manitoba Lotteries also provides extensive information to its employees of the importance of sustainable practices. Sustainable working groups made up of employees across a number of different departments. The corporation also provides support to external sustainable initiatives such as writing green procurement articles for the Manitoba Institute of Purchasing Management Association of Canada quarterly newsletter (The Pulse) and working with the Provincial Procurement Services Branch to develop a web based green procurement information website for use by all Manitoba government purchasers.
Provincial Green Building Policy
Manitoba Lotteries supports Green Building and LEED education to key staff within the corporation to ensure requirements set out in the Green Building Policy can be supported.
Manitoba Lotteries has achieved BOMA BEST Certification (Building Owners and Managers Association of Manitoba – Building Environmental Standards) for Club Regent Casino and McPhillips Station Casino.
Overall, Manitoba Lotteries takes a strategic approach to sustainable development, embedding SD concepts into how they approach all aspects of their business. This is most effectively and efficiently carried out by incorporating sustainable requirements into existing financial processes, thereby ensuring that SD is not a “silo” process by leveraging the strength of existing process mechanisms. For those interested in learning more, Manitoba Lotteries has several CSR reports publicly available to inform stakeholders of progress in these and other SD initiatives.