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Union Gas employees put down sheet mulch to establish a new community garden at head office in Chatham, Ont. Managed in partnership with Food Link Chatham-Kent Community Gardens, the 3,000-square-foot site provides plots, as well as tools, seeds and education to members of the community (including employees) interested in growing their own produce.
Union Gas employees put down sheet mulch to establish a new community garden at head office in Chatham, Ont. Managed in partnership with Food Link Chatham-Kent Community Gardens, the 3,000-square-foot site provides plots, as well as tools, seeds and education to members of the community (including employees) interested in growing their own produce.

The 2012 list

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Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Brampton, Ont. Supermarkets and grocery stores; 30,472 employees. Recently installed rooftop solar panel arrays on two store locations in Ontario as part of the province’s feed-in-tariff program.

LoyaltyOne Inc., Toronto. Marketing consulting services; 1,159 employees. Has formally monitored its carbon footprint since 2008.

Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg. Hydroelectric power generation; 5,959 employees. Is greening its fleet through the purchase of 28 hybrid vehicles for employees to use for business purposes.

McGill University Health Centre, Montreal. General medical and surgical hospitals; 11,500 employees. Employees have organized departmental employee-led green teams, such as the “Nursing Green Team” to help champion waste reduction and recycling initiatives.

Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancouver. Sporting goods stores; 629 employees. Each retail location offers secure bicycle storage and showers to encourage its employees to ride their bikes to work.

National Capital Commission, Ottawa. Urban planning and community and rural development; 495 employees. Its “Back to the Tap” program encourages the reduction of plastic water bottles used by employees and visitors.

Nature’s Path Foods Inc., Richmond, B.C. Breakfast cereal manufacturing; 129 employees. Is working toward 99 per cent waste diversion from the landfill by 2014 and has already achieved diversion rates ranging from 84 to 93 per cent.

Ontario Public Service, Toronto. Government support; 65,423 employees. Maintains a unique re-use and re-deployment program for everything from furniture to computers to paper to heavy machinery to laboratory equipment.

Ottawa, City of. Legislative bodies, 11,931 employees. Implemented a “Green Building Policy for the Construction of Corporate Buildings.”

Perkins+Will Canada Corp., Vancouver. Architectural services; 52 employees. Has committed itself to the “2030 Challenge,” pledging that all of its projects will be designed as carbon neutral by the year 2030.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants; 6,255 employees. Sponsors a national “Green Week” to promote environmental awareness both at the workplace and at home.

Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver. General medical and surgical hospitals; 7,181 employees. Has implemented a series of environmental initiatives in response to employee feedback.

Red River College, Winnipeg. Colleges, universities and professional schools; 1,246 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; 132 employees. Employee-led committee is working toward the goal of diverting 95 per cent of its in-house waste from the landfill.

Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto. Banking; 53,100 employees. Introduced a new “Responsible Procurement Policy” that incorporates environmental and social considerations into all purchases made by the bank.

SAS Institute (Canada) Inc., Toronto. Computer programming; 240 employees. Constructed the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified commercial office building in Canada.

SaskTel, Regina, Telecommunications carriers; 3,190 employees. Launched the “Switch Off and Save” campaign on Earth Day 2008 to encourage employees to switch off all unnecessary electronics, vehicles and gas heaters.

Siemens Canada Ltd., Burlington, Ont. Engineering, 4,770 employees. Employees recently volunteered their time to repair used company laptops and donated more than 100 refurbished units to a local charitable organization.

Sodexo Canada Ltd., Burlington, Ont. Food service contractors; 10,091 employees. Has committed to sourcing local, seasonal or sustainably grown and raised food products for its food service operations.

Stantec Consulting Ltd., Edmonton. Engineering; 5,371 employees. Purchases paper with post-consumer recycled content for copier paper and printed materials.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. Hospitals; 4,922 employees. Has partnered with the “Smart Commute” program creating an online carpool service to make it easier for employees to find a workable carpool.

Symcor Inc., Mississauga, Ont. Financial processing; 2,589 employees. Encourages employee carpooling by providing reserved parking spaces for those who carpool and an intranet portal to help employees find a carpool group.

Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto. Banking; 41,360 employees. Was the first Canadian bank to hire a Chief Environment Officer.

Telus Corp., Vancouver. Wired telecommunications carriers; 23,400 employees. Aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent and total energy consumption by 10 per cent by the year 2020.

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