Award demonstrates utility's commitment to reducing environmental
impacts of commuting to work
AJAX, ON, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Veridian Connections Inc. was recognized
as Durham Region's 'Smart Commute Employer of the Year' at a ceremony
held in Toronto last night. The Smart Commute awards ceremony was
hosted by Metrolinx and is held annually to recognize employers who are
leaders in helping employees to reduce their environmental impacts of
commuting to work.
Accepting the award on Veridian's behalf was Kyle Brown, the company's
Manager of Retailer Relations and Smart Commute Coordinator. Brown
credited Veridian's 200-plus employees for the award. "The employees at
Veridian have embraced our smart commute initiatives targeted at
reducing congestion and focusing on the environment," explains Brown.
"Simple measures such as promotions to increase awareness, fun
competitions and low cost incentives have led to significant changes in
employee commuting practices."
Brown points out that Veridian's smart commute initiatives have been
supported by the company. "Veridian offers flexible work options such
as telecommuting and compressed work weeks to reduce the amount of
travel required by employees, and earlier this year introduced a bike
sharing program and high occupancy vehicle (HOV) parking spaces at its
corporate office located in Ajax," she said. "Among a number of other
unique smart commute initiatives, the company has a video conferencing
system to reduce the need for travel between the company's work
"A member since 2008, Veridian has twice been awarded Durham Region's
Smart Commute Employer of the Year award for its outstanding efforts in
assisting employees with travel planning to reduce harmful carbon
dioxide emissions," said Sandra McEleney, Smart Commute Durham
Representative. "Veridian has a number of successful programs
supporting alternative transportation methods for employees that are
the cornerstone of building strong, sustainable communities."
The Smart Commute initiative began as a partnership of municipal
governments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and the
partnership was expanded to include Metrolinx early in 2008. Smart
Commute's goal is to reduce traffic congestion and to take action on
climate change through transportation efficiency. It helps and
encourages local employers to explore and promote more
environment-friendly commuter options such as carpooling, teleworking,
transit, cycling, walking and flexible working hours.
Recipients of the Smart Commute awards were selected by an independent
panel of community members from various sectors across the GTHA.
Evaluations were based on the employer's commitment to the program,
leadership in their communities, innovation and results.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 115,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
For further information:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218