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Canada’s Greenest Employers announced

Canada’s Top 100 Employers recently announced the 2010 Canada’s Greenest Employers. Launched in 2007, Canada’s Greenest Employers recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.

To receive this special designation, each employer was evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Employers were measured by their environmental initiatives, the success in implementing their environmentally friendly programs, and the degree to which employees were involved with the projects, among many other requirements.

 

Examples of this year’s winners include:

 

Enermodal Engineering Ltd. – This engineering firm is dedicated to developing and certifying energy and resource efficient buildings, and is responsible for certifying 40% of LEED building projects in Canada. Enermodal’s head office boasts many energy efficient features, including radiant heating and cooling, infra-red sensors in washroom fixtures and waterless urinals—the building’s design and operational features ensure that it uses more than 70% less energy than a typical office building.

 

The Home Depot Canada – the retailer formed the Market Transformation Council in 2007 to develop a long-term strategy for its environmental programs. The Home Depot currently sells over 1,600 environmentally responsible product choices through its Eco Options programs, ranging from compact fluorescent light bulbs to Energy Star appliances to solar garden lights.

 

Enmax Corporation – An Alberta energy distributor, Enmax created the in-house “Enmax Ecopledge” program, which encourages employees to take actions to reduce their environmental footprint at work and at home. The company operates the travelling “Enmax Energy Interpretive Centre” to test and demonstrate solar photovoltaic panels and hot water heater panels that power a full suite of kitchen appliances. So far, more than 16,000 Albertans have visited the centre.

 

To apply for the competition, employers had to complete an online application process. Employers of any size—private and public—can apply.

 

For more information on the 2010 winners and their achievements, go to www.canadastop100.com/environmental/.