The Tea Room

Member Since: 2016

Baseline Year: 2015

Baseline GHG Emissions: 8.48 tonnes CO2-equivalent

 

About the Member:

  • The Tea Room is a carbon neutral and zero consumer waste, student-run coffee shop on Queen’s University campus. Since its establishment in 2006, the organization has been founded on three pillars: Environmental Responsibility, Community Education, and Fiscal Sustainability. The cafe specializes in loose-leaf tea, coffee, and espresso while offering a variety of wholesome lunch and snack options.

 
Highlighted Sustainability Projects:

Current:

  • Power Down for the Planet educational campaign continued to promote how to live more sustainably at home (ongoing).
  • Partnership with Queen’s University Experimental Sustainability Team to review and improve business sustainability (ongoing)

2016: 

  • All Tea Room products and packaging are biodegradable, and linked to a commercial composting waste flow

2015: 

  • Published an internal Compost and Waste Management Report.
  • Initiated a vermicomposting lab to refine the on-site composting process.
  • Contracted thinkBIG consulting on sustainable business and published a recommendations report.
  • The Tea Room formed a partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation's Corporate Carbon Neutral Program

2014: 

  • The Tea Room achieved carbon-neutral status with respect to its operations.
  • Inauguration of the annual Teas for Trees campaign (ongoing)

2011:

  • Official zero consumer waste status reached, all products and packaging were diverted from landfill.


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