CAOT Introduces ‘Green’ Initiatives

For the month of April, World Health Day and Earth Day reminded us to do our share to protect the environment as climate change poses an immense threat to health.  Featured below are the efforts of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist (CAOT) we can all emulate.

Action on the environment
We’re making a difference!

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists believes that it must act responsibly to reduce, reuse and recycle to lessen energy consumption, decrease carbon emissions and protect the environment.

At national office, we have introduced a number of ‘green’ initiatives to ensure that we are operating in a manner that is respectful of the environment. The following are just some of our efforts:


  • To cut down on the amount of electricity that is consumed, CAOT uses energy efficient office equipment and turns off computers, copiers and office lights at the end of each working day.
  • During the summer months, employees are encouraged to work from home during days of peak energy consumption to help lower carbon emissions.
  • To reduce the amount of carbon emissions through air travel, CAOT uses technology such as teleconferences, video conferences, webinars and live classroom as an alternative to face-to-face meetings and events.
  • All of our print materials including publications, brochures, annual reports, conference products, and CAOT magazines Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Now are produced using recycled paper and environmentally-friendly vegetable-based inks.
  • We encourage the use of electronic versions of CAOT communications and publications and have moved to on-line ordering, registrations and surveys to reduce the use of paper. When printing or copying is necessary, CAOT uses two-sided reproduction.
  • Our office is equipped with regular tableware and cutlery instead of paper plates, cups and plastic ware allowing for waste-free catering.

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