TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - This week, the 1,175 employees who work at the
head office of Enbridge Gas Distribution are engaged in a head-on battle with
Ontario Power Generation, Toronto Hydro and Direct Energy.
And the victor in this intense corporate rivalry is the environment.
The four corporations are participating in Pollution Probe's Clean Air
Commute(TM) 2007 this week, which is aimed at encouraging employees to take
public transit, bike, carpool or vanpool, walk or telecommute. For the past
few years, they have raised the stakes even higher by vying for their own
Utility Challenge Cup, which is awarded to the company with the best record
among employees for the week.
"Enbridge Gas Distribution employees step up to the Clean Air Commute(TM)
challenge and we always notice fewer cars in our parking lot," says Kerry
Lakatos-Hayward, Director, Business Development & Strategy, Enbridge Gas
Distribution. "The Utility Challenge Cup adds a dash of competition to an
already successful week."
The scoring is done with the help of a diary card for all participants
designed by Pollution Probe that allows each commuter to calculate the
environmental impact of their efforts. They are awarded grams of air
pollutants saved for every kilometre of clean air commuting (depending on how
they change their trip mode) from June 18th to June 22nd.
Enbridge, a Clean Air Commute(TM) sponsor, held a number of educational
workshops to help employees learn more about clean commuting. Activities
included hybrid car clinics and information sessions on the company's vanpool
and smart commute carpool programs.
The company will reward its own top-performing employee contestants with
prizes ranging from extra vacation days to a mountain bike and metro passes.
"Smog doesn't take a vacation, and we know that our efforts have to be
year-round," continues Lakatos-Hayward. "Eighteen of our employees at 500
Consumers Rd. are members of two van pools that get them to and from the
Barrie and Whitby areas. Enbridge has supplied the two vans for the program,
and a third is about to be launched."
Pollution Probe reports that there are 122 companies registered for Clean
Air Commute(TM) 2007, including 24 new registrants this year. The organization
will announce the winners of various categories on July 5.
In the meantime, the Utility Challenge Cup waits to see on whose
shoulders it will be raised in victory. The cheers will come not only from the
winning employees, but from all those who live and breathe in the GTA.
About Enbridge Gas Distribution
Enbridge Gas Distribution is serious about its commitments to the
environment and to the sustainability of its business activities. In 2006, for
the second year in a row, Enbridge Inc., Enbridge Gas Distribution's parent
company, was recognized as one of the Global 100: Most Sustainable
Corporations in the World at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Enbridge Inc. was one of only five Canadian companies recognized. Enbridge Gas
Distribution was recognized for energy conservation at the 2006 Green Toronto
Enbridge Gas Distribution has an almost 160-year history and is Canada's
largest natural gas distribution company. It delivers safe, reliable natural
gas to about 1.8 million customers in many Ontario communities including
Toronto, Ottawa, Barrie and Niagara Region. Enbridge Gas Distribution is owned
by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and
distribution. Enbridge provides distribution services in Ontario, through
Enbridge Gas Distribution, and in Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State.
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