Sustainability Within Metal Tech Alley

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In an age where the demand for environmental responsibility from businesses is an expectation rather than a hope, action and recognition are definitely to be taken note. In 2017, Teck Resources was listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI), and our local Teck Trail Operations was recognized with the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining Leadership Award. This partner of Metal Tech Alley is well deserving of the recognition, which is no surprise to anyone who has seen the evolution of the Trail region prospering into a greener, cleaner community that is successfully attracting attention as a healthy place to relocate.

“This isn’t the Trail of the 60’s and 70’s, it just isn’t.” states Sarah Benson, City of Trail’s Museum & Archives Manager. “This is part of the message that the City of Trail’s tourism slogan “We’ve revisited, you should too” is implying. We want people to come here and say, oh this isn’t what I expected, it’s even better…” says Sarah.

Based on DJSI’s in-depth analysis of economic, social and environmental performance, Teck’s sustainability practices are in the top 10 percent of the 2,500 largest companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index (BMI), earning the highest possible score in the areas of biodiversity and social reporting. Most recently, Trail Operations also received the MAC TSM’s Leadership Award, for its outstanding performance with the highest possible rating for Energy Use, GHG Emissions Management, Aboriginal and Community Outreach, and Biodiversity.  “Our employees are dedicated to achieving the best in all aspects of sustainability, and to have our work recognized externally shows that we’re on the right track,” says Thompson Hickey, Trail Operations GM. “We will build upon these accomplishments and work hard to continue improving our environmental performance to ensure we create a healthy, thriving work and living environment for everyone, now and well into the future.”

To manage environmental impacts and identify opportunities for improvement, Teck launched an internal sustainability strategy in 2010 that features six focus areas: Community, Water, Our people, Biodiversity, Energy, Materials Stewardship More detail on strategies and progress summaries can be found here as well as participates as a member of the Trail Area Health & Environment Committee (THEC).  Chaired by the Mayor of Trail, with representatives from Teck, Interior Health, the B.C. Ministry of Environment, municipal councils and the local community, the THEC promotes a healthy environment through a comprehensive integrated program that focuses on improving air quality, supporting children’s healthy development and reducing lead exposure.

“There should be more celebrating around the collaboration and the efforts both Teck and the City of Trail are doing to ensure Metal Tech Alley companies continue to be leaders in environmental sustainability. The partnership of the community of Trail, government regulators such as the Ministry of Environment and Interior Health, and Teck Trail Operations to continue to improve our community health and environment has achieved great success. Focusing on sustainability allows us to market our region as open to industrial development but in a responsible, sustainable and healthy way, which is a huge asset for this region in the fierce competitive world market of business and workforce attraction.” says Terry Van Horn, LCIC Executive Director and Economic Development Officer for the region.

Metal Tech Alley is the new game-changing economic development marketing program whose aim is to promote the story of the West Kootenay region’s evolution into a highly attractive and competitive location for business and livability, with a major focus on the global business and innovation clusters that are leading economic and business change—not just in the region but from a global perspective. Situated in the South-Eastern part of British Columbia, it is a cluster of great minds and opportunities pioneering the Fourth Industrial Revolution with leadership in metallurgical science, industrial recycling and the Internet of Things (IoT). Designed by the regional economic development office, the Lower Columbia Initiatives (LCIC) is committed to a cohesive, comprehensive, region-wide approach to the challenges and opportunities of economic development in the Lower Columbia Region.

Interested in learning more about what this area may be able to offer your business?

Check out www.metaltechalley.com for information on current business news, regional resources, and local initiatives.

Contact Terry Van Horn, LCIC Executive Director

250-364-6461 / tvanhorn@lcic.ca

 

Written and Compiled by

Sean Smillie – http://planetfictionstudios.com/

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