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Abdel Belkadi, ARAMARK executive chef at the University of Toronto, holds different varieties of heirloom root vegetables at Carron Farms at Bradford, Ont. Carron Farms gets its name from their two primary crops – carrots and onions for which the Holland Marsh area is famous. (ARAMARK)
Abdel Belkadi, ARAMARK executive chef at the University of Toronto, holds different varieties of heirloom root vegetables at Carron Farms at Bradford, Ont. Carron Farms gets its name from their two primary crops – carrots and onions for which the Holland Marsh area is famous. (ARAMARK)

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Information Services Corp./ISC, Regina. Title abstract and settlement offices; 333 employees. Significantly reduced paper usage through the introduction of online submissions to encourage customers to submit and process their Land Registry transactions online.

Keilhauer, Toronto. Furniture manufacturing; 200 employees. Hired a sustainability manager in 2011 to manage its green programs on a full-time basis.

KPMG LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants; 5,778 employees. Reduces carbon emissions from business travel by encouraging employees to seek alternatives, primarily through increased utilization of video-conferencing technology.

Ladysmith, Town of, Ladysmith, B.C. Municipal government; 50 employees. Recently implemented a residential cooking-oil recycling program where fats, oils and greases are collected at public bins and converted into environmentally friendly biofuel by a local non-profit organization.

Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Brampton, Ont. Supermarkets; 29,725 employees. Is standardizing its in-house plastic packaging boxes to ensure use of recyclable PET plastic packaging wherever possible.

Lower Canada College, Montreal. Elementary and secondary schools; 135 employees. Is starting construction on a new building that is being designed to LEED Silver certification standards.

LoyaltyOne Inc., Toronto. Marketing consulting services, 1,226 employees. More than 230 of its call-centre employees are able to work from home and practise a carbon-free commute.

Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg. Hydroelectric power generation; 5,980 employees. Its head office building is a state-of-the-art “climatically responsive” office tower, equipped with two weather stations measuring ongoing climatic conditions and more than 10,000 sensor points that audit energy levels on a daily basis.

National Capital Commission/NCC, Ottawa. Administration of urban planning and development; 524 employees. Recently celebrated Earth Day by planting 30 trees at Rideau Hall.

Nature’s Path Foods Inc., Richmond, B.C. Organic and natural breakfast foods manufacturing; 134 employees. Employees maintain a large organic staff garden with composting bins and an outdoor eating area.

Ontario Public Service/OPS, Toronto. Provincial government; 62,444 employees. Recently relaunched its carpool system in partnership with the “Smart Commute” initiative, providing employees with an easy-to-use online tool that helps find suitable commuter matches at locations across the province.

Perkins+Will Canada Corp., Vancouver. Architectural services; 159 employees. Offsets all transportation and operating carbon emissions using the “Climate Smart” tool and introduced a waste-free policy for all catering services.

Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver. Hospitals; 7,320 employees. Developed a “Food Action Framework” that supports healthy eating combined with promoting a local and sustainable food supply.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants; 6,527 employees. Sponsors a national “Green Week” to promote environmental awareness both at the workplace and at home with events held at office locations across the country.

Royal Bank of Canada/RBC, Toronto. Commercial banking; 52,815 employees. Has installed energy efficient lighting as part of a number of lighting upgrade projects across Canada.

Red River College, Winnipeg. Postsecondary schools; 1,279 employees. Operates a sophisticated biodiesel processing facility that converts used kitchen oil from its Food Services and Culinary Arts program, and blends it with diesel fuel to power the college’s maintenance vehicles.

Rescan Environmental Services Ltd., Vancouver. Environmental consulting; 146 employees. Operates an employee-led “Green Ideas Committee” to review and introduce green initiatives to the office environment.

Rogers Communications Inc., Toronto. Cable and other subscription programming; 24,102 employees. Since 2011, all paper purchased for the printing of Rogers magazines has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which represents approximately 70 per cent of Rogers’s overall paper use.

SAS Institute (Canada) Inc., Toronto. Computer programming; 269 employees. More than 85 per cent of all waste generated at the head office building is processed for recycling.

SaskTel, Regina. Telecommunications; 3,131 employees. Has an environmental category as part of its flexible health and wellness spending account that lets employees apply their flex-dollars to environmental purchases for day-to-day activities, from transit passes to solar panels to high-efficiency appliances for the home.

Siemens Canada Ltd., Burlington, Ont. Engineering services; 4,113 employees. Employees recently celebrated Earth Day across the country by partnering with Tree Canada to plant more than 1,000 trees and help clean up their local communities.

Sodexo Canada Ltd., Burlington, Ont. Food service contractors; 5,871 employees. Has its own ethically sourced brand of coffee and tea, called “Aspresso.”

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