The Town of Oakville today was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2015 as selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Oakville was recognized for its commitment to environmental sustainability, its LEED Gold and Silver certified buildings, and its earth-friendly employee and community initiatives.
Launched in 2007, the Canada’s Greenest Employers Award is part of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition conducted by Mediacorp Canada. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a corporate culture of environmental awareness, have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.
“A total of 60 employers were selected from across Canada for this designation and we are proud to be one of them,” said Town of Oakville CAO, Ray Green. “Our actions demonstrate our commitment to creating a sustainable community. It’s ingrained in the way we think and conduct our business.”
Some of the reasons why the town was selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers are:
- introduced and manages an impressive number of initiatives across the town, including a sustainable purchasing program, waste reduction and diversion programs at facilities (and ongoing waste audits as part of the Towards Zero Waste program), green fleet initiatives, promotion of the SmartCommute program, and the development of a road ecology strategy to address impacts of the roadways on wildlife corridors and the environment.
- as a lakeside community, the town has worked to clean and improve the town’s Oakville and Bronte Harbours through the adoption of over 200 standards set by Boating Ontario, Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The town received the 2013 Safeguarding the Environment Award from the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC). Oakville was the first municipal marina in Ontario and one of six organizations across Canada to receive the Five Anchor Diamond rating.
- leading by example, a number of town facilities boast many unique environmental features, including solar panel arrays, rainwater harvesting systems, geothermal heating and cooling, recycled content and regionally sourced materials, a green roof, permeable paving, and drought-resistant landscaping. The town developed a sustainable building policy that requires all new municipal buildings over 500 square metres to be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. The town currently has one LEED Gold building and two LEED Silver facilities.
- published Sustainable Living – Building a Greener Oakville for builders and residents alike. The guide showcases over 30 Oakville structures incorporating sustainable design.
- reaches out to the next generation through the EcoSchool Newsletter that is published twice each year and distributed to all area schools. The newsletter highlights a range of topics, from stewardship program on water to energy conservation.
- works with the community as partners to protect and enhance Oakville’s environment, foster environmental stewardship, prepare for climate change impacts such as extreme weather, and raise the awareness of the importance of community actions through outreach and education.
- as a forward looking municipality the town established the position of director, Environmental Policy, who oversees a formal Environmental Management Team responsible for the implementation of the town’s corporate Environmental Strategic Plan.
To stay informed about town’s environmental initiatives and key events throughout the year visit oakville.ca
Employers who submit for Canada’s Greenest Employers are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed;
- the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization’s own environmental footprint;
- the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and
- the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization.
The full list of this year’s winners were announced in The Globe and Mail. For more information about Canada’s Greenest Employers, visit www.CanadasTop100.com/green
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