Whistler Named One Of Canada’s Greenest Employers
Earth Day (April 20) seems a good time to note that Whistler Blackcomb has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers for the fourth consecutive year.
The recognition comes from the editors of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” project. The award recognizes employers with environmental programs and policies that actively involve their employees and incorporate environmental values into their corporate culture. The award also recognizes employers who attract employees to their organization (and retain them) because of these values.
“Whistler Blackcomb staff live, work, and play in the mountains and being immersed in nature every day inspires us to do our part for a more sustainable future,” says Arthur DeJong, Whistler Blackcomb’s mountain planning and environmental resource manager.
“Environmental stewardship is part of our corporate culture and it is our hope that guests who visit Whistler Blackcomb will be inspired by our actions and perhaps decide to incorporate more sustainable practices into their own lives,” he said.
The British Columbia resort says it is committed to one day achieving a zero operating footprint and believes in an “Every Step Counts” philosophy. They have been working to reduce its impact on the planet since the early 1990s and has employed an in-house environmental management team since 1997.
Some of the projects that have led to the award include the Fitzsimmons Creek Run-Of-River project, a hydro-powered renewable energy plant; a target of five percent annual energy reduction target; BC Hydro Workplace Conservation Awareness pilot project; an employee daily carpool program; the white bike program during summer for use by employees to get around the area quickly for meetings; establishing eco-tourism programs; habitat protection as the key to the Symphony Lift improvement project; and others.
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