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Past and Present Projects 

City of Toronto

An Assessment of Commuting Practices &

Climate Impacts from Remote Work

This project will measure the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction impacts linked to WFH practices for City staff. Additionally, this project will enable better understanding of City staff attitudes towards WFH and design best practices to support them. 

Key Project Components Included: 

  • Literature review & survey on staff commuting and telework practices 

  • Quantification of GHG reductions linked to staff working remotely

  • Best practices & key messaging for staff & Smart Commute community (>300 GTHA businesses)

  • Benchmark data & survey tool for future corporate tracking 

Partnered with Pollution Probe, Green Living Enterprises, & Dunsky Energy Consulting 

City of Lethbridge

Remote Work Program Design, Evaluation and Employee Survey

RFS Energy supported the City in designing and launching the Remote Work Program in 2021 and subsequently continues to monitor, evaluate and make recommendations on the program and associated policies. 

Support Services Include:

  • Primary data collection and stakeholder engagement with City staff

  • Develop survey objectives, tool, KPIs and communication messaging

  • Desktop research and community benchmarking surveying and interviews to support policy recommendations for stakeholders and senior leadership

City of Edmonton

Remote Work Program Research and Benchmarking

The research goal was to assess the positive and negative impacts of instituting a telework policy for City of Edmonton employees. The project was designed to complement the City’s newly-formed Remote Work Program with additional research, data analysis, modelling, and employee survey information. 

Key Outputs: 

  • A high-level inventory of the benefits and drawbacks of telework policies

  • Calculated potential transportation-related GHG emissions reductions from telework policy

  • A mini-Energy Efficiency Guidebook for distribution to employees working remotely

  • A list of “best practices” and qualitative feedback from CoE employees through survey to inform policy

Partnered with SAIT, Dunsky Energy Consulting, & Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance. 

Alberta Real Estate Foundation 

Telework Impacts on the Real Estate Industry in

This project will assist in supporting the Alberta real estate community by:

  • Providing real estate market actors, in particular business owners and facility managers (including municipal owners), access to implementable research information tailored to their unique workforce and facility needs and challenges post-pandemic to support future decisions.

  • Providing real estate professionals with ongoing access to information through a resource hub populated and maintained with up-to-date resources.

Partnered with SAIT

Climate Innovation Fund - Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

Remote Work: An In-Depth Assessment of Impacts at Community and Municipal Levels

The project aims to measure the total GHG emission reduction potential of telework (direct and indirect) for the CoE as an organization and the community.

Key project components include:

  • Identifying the information, resources, and community input required to increase the adoption of telework and facilitate its integration into Community Energy Plans and Corporate Climate Action Plans in order to maximize benefits

  • An analysis of the CoE’s current Community Energy Plan and provide recommendations for how to incorporate potential GHG reductions through telework, guidance on how to leverage telework as a climate mitigation strategy for the broader Edmonton community.

  • The proposed project intends to identify and work with 2-3 key stakeholders to commit to officially integrating telework into their climate action/ESG plans by providing guidance around measuring and tracking long-term telework-related GHG emissions reductions.

Partnered with SAIT & Dunksy Energy Consulting 

Efficiency Manitoba

Demand Side Management (DSM) and Procurement Advisory Support Services

Key support areas included: 

  • Market Research - Conducted market research on DSM service areas and customer segments and performed gap analysis on applicable procurement documents and processes to ensure comprehensive procurement document development.

  • Corporate DSM Advisory Support Services - Provided the EM executive team DSM advisory support on procurement process and DSM expertise.

  • Project Management - Developed and managed project work documents and scheduling, including collaboration and engagement of all EM stakeholders.  

  • Procurement Advisor - Collected, reviewed and made recommendations for future corporate procurement templates.

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