The “Canada’s Greenest Employers” Award is part of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition conducted by Mediacorp Canada. The list of Green Employers winners was published today in The Globe and Mail and online.
“Our Town has been recognized for specific environmental programs such as curbside organics pickup and our sustainability visioning process, but this one is special because it recognizes that throughout the organization we have a strong and growing culture of sustainability”, said Mayor Rob Hutchins.
Mediacorp cited several reasons for choosing the Town of Ladysmith for the awards, including:
• operates a “Green Team” which releases a quarterly newsletter and organizes “Lunch and Learn” events for employees
• introduced a unique community initiative back in 2009 where employees turned flower beds into vegetable gardens and donated all produce to the Ladysmith Food Bank — the impressive undertaking has since been repeated annually
• in addition to installing a solar hot water heater in its own office, the Town amended building bylaw to require that new residential building construction be made “solar hot water ready” to facilitate the transition to solar hot water technology
• working with the provincial government’s “Community Action on Energy and Emissions” program, the Town is implementing its “Community Energy Plan” designed to reduce long term energy consumption — the plan includes a requirement for all new municipal buildings to be 25 percent more efficient than the minimum requirements established in the Model National Energy Code for Buildings, which encompasses the overall design and construction of energy-efficient buildings
• as part of its long-term focus, the Town has recently adopted a “Civic Green Building Policy” that requires all new municipal buildings over 465 square metres to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard
“This award celebrates that we are all committed to the community vision of environmental, economic and social sustainability,” said City Manager Ruth Malli. “It’s an award that our employees and Council share with the community.”
Launched in 2007, the Canada’s Greenest Employers competition is organized by the editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives — and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.