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Several Manitoba employers are being recognized as leaders in implementing climate-change policies and other green environmental measures.
They are among Canada’s 100 greenest employers on a list organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.
Winnipeg-based employers recognized include Assiniboine Credit Union, Red River College and Manitoba Hydro. Others with locations in Manitoba, but based elsewhere, include Loblaw Companies, Ikea Canada, Cadillac Fairview Corp. (which operates shopping malls, including Polo Park), and Mountain Equipment Co-op.
Assiniboine Credit Union distinguished itself with its approach to aiding employees to cut their carbon emissions within the workplace, but also in their daily commutes to work. The credit union subsidizes bus passes and organizes a carpool matching service; it also provides lockers and showers for those who choose active transportation to get to work.
The credit union also has an "extensive greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy" that involves tracking of natural gas and electricity use as well as business travel and waste management. Employees have created their own composting service based at the head office.
Manitoba Hydro has implemented similar steps to support employees’ commutes, as well as providing some with the ability to work from home. The Crown corporation also invested in a LEED-certified head office. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green certification program for building standards. The new building also houses an urban apiary that produces approximately 180 kilograms of honey every year.
Red River College was recognized for its support of active transportation and providing EV infrastructure, creating a pollinator garden and, in the past few years, its commitment to repurposing historic buildings in the Exchange District and converting them into energy efficient, sustainable campuses.
The college has also begun tracking every building’s energy consumption, waste and greenhouse gas emissions in a single platform with an aim to continue monitoring and improving emissions.
Sarah Lawrynuik reports on climate change for the Winnipeg Free Press. Funding for the Free Press climate change reporter comes from the Government of Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.
Updated on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:32 PM CDT: Removes incorrect references to entities as businesses.
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