Electronic Arts’ journey to becoming a more sustainable business in Burnaby began in 2005, when a group of employees formed our first “green team”. Over the next several years the group met every month, established goals and priorities, and perhaps most importantly, began the process of educating and informing all our employees on how they could do their part toward the greater good. The team started with the “low hanging fruit” – programs like glass/metal/plastic recycling, promoting transit alternatives, and simple power conservation methods.
In 2006, our sustainability programs got a major boost when EA committed to LEED new construction, and we opened two new buildings, totalling 217,000 square feet which were LEED certified, including one of the first green roofs in the Province. As our campus doubled in size, our sustainability efforts have continued to gain traction, and we have become more sophisticated and strategic in our approaches. In the past several years we have expanded our recycling programs to include batteries, light bulbs, and Styrofoam, and we have implemented composting. We have re-lamped the entire facility using LED and CFL technology, installed a voltage harmonizer to save energy, and significantly upgraded our building automation technology to optimize mechanical performance.
Currently, we are completing the ClimateSmart program to establish a GHG baseline, from which we will establish reduction targets. We are also completing BC Hydro’s PowerSmart Continuous Optimization program, which will deliver a comprehensive energy audit and make recommendations on how to achieve further, cost effective reductions. Electronic Arts was also one of the first Burnaby businesses to sign the BBOT Sustainability Pledge, further solidifying our commitment to environmental sustainability, and doing our part to insure Burnaby continues to lead in the area of environmental stewardship.