University of Calgary named one of Canada's greenest employers
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University of Calgary named one of Canada's greenest employers

Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 at 11:11 am MDT

Campus sign by the arch with the new logo. 2016

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The list of Canada’s Greenest Employers has been released and a Calgary school has made the cut.

The University of Calgary has joined a prestigious group of Canadian employers recognized for their environmental awareness through various sustainability initiatives.

The competition evaluates companies on a variety of criteria including the environmental initiatives they have developed; successes in reducing the organization’s environmental footprint and whether sustainability initiatives link to the employer’s public identity.

Some of those initiatives from the University include its Bike Root along with the UBike on-campus rental service, bicycle repair and maintenance clinics.

The school also offers a 61-plot pesticide free community garden which is available for staff, students, and members of the community.

“We strive to implement programs and initiatives that support a sustainability culture on campus and in the community,” says Associate Vice-President of Sustainability, Joanne Perdue. “This includes our commitment to advancing sustainability education and research, engagement for sustainability, and modelling the way through sustainability practices in administration and operations.”

Several other post-secondary schools were named among the Greenest Employers in the country including the University of Alberta, Wilfred Laurier and McGill.

Major companies such as the Home Depot, IKEA and Ivanhoe Cambridge which manages CrossIron Mills also made the list.

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