2nd Edition Coworking is located in Fernie, a small mountain town in the spectacular Elk Valley which winds through the world-famous Canadian Rocky Mountains of southeastern British Columbia, Fernie is located on the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation whose history in this special part of the world stretches back for over 10,000 years.
People move to Fernie for the love of nature and fresh air and strive for a work life balance. When opening 2nd Edition, this connection to nature and this mountain lifestyle was and continues to be taken into consideration. Below are a few initiatives in place to reduce our impact on the environment:
When looking for a location for the Coworking Space, it was very important to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce that the space was centrally located. This supports those using the space to bike or walk to work each day. Leading into the summer we will also be installing a bike rack to further encourage our members to leave their cars at home.
Sharing of resources means less waste
The basic concept of coworking naturally reduces the environmental impact by having multiple individuals and businesses sharing resources and equipment – printers and copiers, projectors, boardroom tables etc. All of these are shared in a coworking space which limits the environmental damage to manufacture and disposal.
Look for opportunities to reuse and repurpose
When furnishing 2nd Edition, an effort was made reuse and repurose items that were already in the building. If you come to our space you will see that our front reception desk is the same one that was used by the Free Press for many years, the majority of our furniture was also purchased second hand from a coworking space in Alberta that sadly had to close their doors because of COVID-19.
Use of Natural Light
The design and color scheme for our space was designed to leverage the natural light we get from the large windows in the front and back of our space. This allowed us to have a minimal amount of energy efficient lights throughout the space.
These windows also provide great mountain views to members so it’s a win win!
Ethically Sourced Coffee
We have Ethical Bean coffee available to members in our kitchen area which is roasted in Vancouver. This coffee uses only 100% Fairtrade certified and Organic beans and comes in compostable pods.
Choice of Cleaning Supplies
We use The Unscented Company dish soap in our kitchen. This is vegan, Canadian, never tested on animals and biodegradable in 28 days. Instead of having to buy anew bottle each time we run out, we are able to purchase a 4 litre refill box to limit the number of large plastic bottles going into landfills.
Our hand soap in our washrooms is biodegradable, free of all dyes, and certified and the packaging is all BPA free.
Printing Paper Selection
We only use eco-responsible, high-volume paper in our printer that is FSC certified.