Construction company included on "The Green 30" list of organizations with eco-friendly programs and practices
MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 22 /CNW/ - EllisDon was named today as one of Canada's "Greenest" companies. The ranking was announced as part of Hewitt Associates' Green Index which measures employees' perceptions of their employer's environmental initiatives. Hewitt's Green Index focuses on the strategic initiatives of employers to minimize the environmental impact of their operations. The Index, and The Green 30 list, was developed as part of the 2010 Best Employers in Canada study. The full ranking will appear in the May 3rd edition of Macleans magazine, as well as the May 10th issue of Canadian Business, both available on newsstands today.
According to Neil Crawford, Hewitt's leader of the Best Employers in Canada study: "Employees really see the difference when their employer is focused on developing and implementing environmentally-conscious policies and practices." He goes on to say that these policies can possibly even help with retention: "Effective green programs and practices may persuade certain employees to join or stay with an organization."
Throughout the month of April, EllisDon held an Earth Day Countdown with highlights from the company's Sustainable Building Practice Department. Everyday from April 1st until Earth Day, a new highlight was posted, describing EllisDon's contribution on a number of environmental initiatives. This included a number of "green" building success stories, along with the inception of EllisDon's Sustainable Building Services Department, and other company initiatives such as the Lights Out campaign.
States Cameron Blair, EllisDon's Manager of Sustainable Building Services, Eastern Canada: "For any company to make this list is quite an accomplishment, but for a construction company to make the list is even more impressive. We recognize an immense environmental impact at the root of our business activity. As such, we are keen on finding ways to minimize our impact, or compensate for it wherever we can, through corporate environmental initiatives. We are extremely proud to be recognized by Hewitt Associates on behalf of our employees for the initiatives that we have developed over the past few years. This is only the beginning for us - there is much room for improvement in our industry and much more to come from EllisDon."
EllisDon is an employee-owned company delivering construction expertise and services to clients throughout the world. Completing in excess of $2 billion in new construction annually, EllisDon employs approximately 1,000 people and has a presence in North America, as well as offices in the West Indies and the United Arab Emirates. Incorporated in 1951, EllisDon has distinguished itself through its people and its innovative practices. Offering not only construction and project management but now a growing range of construction consulting services in risk management and technology, EllisDon is behind some of the most exciting and innovative projects in the world. For more information, please visit www.ellisdon.com.
About Hewitt Associates
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For further information: For further information: Rishma Mangat, EllisDon Corporation, Phone: (905) 896-8900, Fax: (905) 896-8911