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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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Stantec Consulting Ltd., Edmonton. Engineering services; 3,901 employees. Recently implemented a new company-wide policy of setting computers into the sleep mode every evening and weekend, resulting in a potential 40-per-cent energy savings in computer use.

Stikeman Elliott LLP, Montreal. Lawyers; 1,148 employees. Each office has a member-led green committee composed of partners, associates, management and staff members working together to develop and implement both corporate and employee-led green initiatives.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. Hospitals; 5,208 employees. Publishes an environmentally focused newsletter as well as a dedicated website and blog.

Symcor Inc., Mississauga. Data processing, hosting and related services; 2,351 employees. Recently completed an energy audit at its major locations to evaluate energy use and efficiency.

Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto. Banking; 43,850 employees. Recently introduced “TD’s Environment 101” online training program for all new employees to introduce them to the bank’s many environmental initiatives as well as highlighting actions they can take personally.

Telus Corp., Vancouver. Telecommunications; 24,443 employees. Encourages employees to work from home through its formal “Work Styles” program, designed to assist employees in adopting flexible work arrangements and reduce trips to and from the office.

Toronto Hydro Corp., Toronto. Electric power distribution; 1,742 employees. Offers a powerful “Time of Use” portal that lets customers view their electricity consumption online and see directly the cost benefits of conservation and shifting consumption to lower-use periods.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Cambridge, Ont. Automobile manufacturing; 7,024 employees. After setting a goal in 2004 of sending zero waste to the landfill, the company has consistently met this goal through extensive recycling, reusing, reducing and composting programs, with 96 per cent of all waste recycled today.

University of British Columbia/UBC, Vancouver. Postsecondary schools; 10,896 employees. Recently launched a “Sustainability Ambassadors Peer Program” for undergraduate students wishing to organize, promote and deliver sustainability education programming for UBC students.

University of Northern British Columbia/UNBC, Prince George, B.C. Postsecondary schools; 684 employees. Established a fund that is financed through campus parking revenues (raising $50,000 each academic year) to promote sustainability on campus.

University of Alberta, Edmonton. Postsecondary schools; 8,336 employees. Maintains an “Office of Sustainability” to oversee and create awareness about the university’s many environmental initiatives.

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Vancouver. Credit Unions; 1,836 employees. Reached its goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2007 (two years ahead of schedule) through reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions combined with investments in climate-friendly projects to offset its remaining emissions.

Vancouver, City of, Vancouver. Legislative bodies; 6,898 employees. Offers an earned days-off program. Recently established an Ethical Purchasing Policy to ensure that the purchase of new goods and services are from ethical and sustainable sources and produced without harm to the individual.

Veridian Corp., Ajax, Ont. Electric power distribution; 223 employees. Maintains a bike-sharing program onsite (free to employees) for afternoon use or commuting, an organized carpool system and a transit subsidy program that offers a 25-per-cent reimbursement for the purchase of a six-month transit pass.

Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, B.C. Skiing facilities; 2,800 employees. Employees host ecology and wildlife viewing tours for visitors in addition to showcasing its environmental initiatives at interpretive sites throughout the resort.

YMCA of Greater Toronto, Toronto. Individual and family services; 1,310 employees. Recently rolled out environmentally friendly cleaning products at all its health, fitness and recreation sites.

York University, Toronto. Postsecondary schools; 4,336 employees. Invested $39.5-million over five years in its “Yorkwise” energy management system which aims to improve energy efficiency across the university.

 

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