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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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Toronto Hydro Corp., Toronto. Electric power distribution; 1,729 employees. Maintains one of the city’s first solar panel arrays at its head office, which features more than 189 panels.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Cambridge, Ont., Automobile manufacturing; 6,937 employees. Strongly supports Earth Day every year, which is a month-long event at the company.

Union Gas Ltd., Chatham-Kent, Ont. Natural gas distribution; 2,155 employees. By simply introducing two-sided printing as a default across its operations, the company has reduced its paper usage by more than 14 per cent from 2009 to 2010.

University of Alberta, Edmonton. Colleges, universities and professional schools; 8,340 employees. Recently launched the “ecoREP” program to reach out to employees, faculty and students to become sustainability champions.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Colleges, universities and professional schools; 10,612 employees. Encourages students to reduce waste and conserve water and energy through its “Sustainability in Rez” program.

University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George. Colleges, universities and professional schools; 594 employees. Recently opened a Green University Centre staffed by two full-time employees who work on green initiatives on campus.

University of Toronto. Colleges and universities; 8,458 employees. Operates a unique “Swap Shop” at its St. George campus where members of the university community can drop off and pick up items such as furniture and office equipment.

Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity), Vancouver. Credit unions; 1,778 employees. Strongly supports annual “Bike to Work Week” with employees competing against other workplaces for the most bike commutes, hours logged and kilometres travelled.

Vancouver, City of. Legislative bodies; 6,858 employees. Recently launched a “Green Condo Retrofit Pilot” project that provides low interest and long-term loans to condo associations for major energy saving renovations.

Veridian Corp., Ajax, Ont. Electric power distribution; 215 employees. Provides employees with interest-free loans for the purchase of energy-efficient appliances for their homes.

Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, B.C. Hotels and motels; 2,747 employees. Operates a new $32-million micro-hydroelectric plant inside the ski area that produces enough clean electricity for its entire operations.

YMCA of Greater Toronto, Toronto. Individual and family services; 1,286 employees. Maintains a green fund that is dedicated to funding environmentally beneficial initiatives.

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