- Companies invited to join the People Power Challenge Green Building
Competition that starts March 1 -
TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Purchasing decisions have a significant
impact on the environment, and offer a huge opportunity to reduce an
organization's environmental footprint. The Green Procurement
Challenge was the first competition of the 2013 People Power Challenge,
a year long competition designed to encourage staff to generate ways to
improve their company's environmental performance and reduce its costs.
The Green Procurement Challenge, which ended on February 28, challenged
companies to examine the procurement of services or products through a
"Employees are a company's best resource for new and effective ideas to
reduce costs and improve processes," said Jennifer Taves, Project
Manager, Partners in Project Green. "Partners in Project Green
congratulates Broan NuTone and Menkes Property Management Services for
successfully getting their employees to drive the sustainability agenda
forward in their procurement of products and services."
The SME winner (499 employees or less) is Broan NuTone, who also won the
2012 People Power Challenge (they won all three sub-challenges, and the
Grand Prize). They earned 39 points for engaging employees in Green
Procurement, and for changing purchases to more sustainable options.
"Broan-NuTone Canada takes great pride in our record for continuously
improving our sustainability systems," said John Martinovic, Director
of Operations, Broan NuTone Canada Inc., "Once again the Partners in
Project Green 2013 People Power challenge has provided us with a
detailed playbook for implementing this type of improvement in the area
of Green Procurement. Our Eco-Net Green Team finds it quite effective
to follow the steps laid out in the scorecard for each challenge,
implement the required systems, and then achieve the results!"
The Large Enterprise winner (500 employees or more) is Menkes Property
Management Services. Menkes engaged employees in Green Procurement
through a comprehensive communications strategy, and examined its
purchases to include more sustainable choices.
"The People Power Challenge is a powerful program that provides a
special opportunity to connect our employees and tenants, while
documenting our achievements and engagement along the way" says Elena
Muto, General Manager of 4711 Yonge Street, Menkes Property Management
Services Ltd. "We are honoured to have received this distinguished
award and that our efforts in sustainable purchasing have been
Other participating companies in the Green Procurement Challenge
include: Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Canadian Tire Brampton, Canadian
Tire AJ Billes, Halsall Associates, Husky Injection Molding, and Region
of Peel. All organizations all gained engaged employees, suggestions
for improving purchasing performance, and are in the running to win the
People Power Challenge Grand Prize at the end of the year.
Companies can still sign up for the Green Building Challenge that starts
March 1. This Challenge focuses on helping you mobilize your staff on
Green Building management and maintenance projects. There is no cost to
participate, and the People Power Challenge is open to any company in
the GTA. Visit www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/ppc2013 to get started.
ABOUT PARTNERS IN PROJECT GREEN
Partners in Project Green is a growing community of businesses working
together to green their bottom line by creating an internationally
recognized eco-business zone around Toronto Pearson. Through new forms
of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green
delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource
costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday
operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner.
SOURCE: Partners in Project Green
For further information:
Toronto and Region Conservation
416-661-6600 ext 5632