CALGARY, April 16 /CNW/ - Maclean's magazine has named ENMAX Corporation
(ENMAX) among Canada's top 30 Greenest Employers for 2009 in a special issue
on newsstands today. The designation recognizes employers that lead the nation
in creating environmental awareness in their organizations.
"We're honoured to be recognized for our efforts at educating and
engaging employees in environmental initiatives," says Gary Holden, ENMAX
President and CEO. "We've worked hard to develop a culture that identifies the
importance of acting in a responsible way for the sake of the water we drink
and the air we breathe."
ENMAX was named as a green employer for several reasons including a pilot
project currently underway with employees to test alternative energy products
in their own homes. These products include solar panels to generate
electricity and hot water, as well as micro turbines to harness wind power.
The technologies allow employees to minimize their reliance on traditional
energy sources while using more renewable options. Following the trial period,
these renewable energy products will be made available to the public.
ENMAX also encourages employees to sign an Eco Pledge to reduce their
individual impact on the environment. Everything from turning computers off at
the end of the workday, making efforts to reduce paper consumption, or not
idling vehicles all count towards making a difference. Several employees have
taken the pledge to another level, identifying more ways to reduce, reuse and
recycle. Over half of all employees have already signed the pledge, a big step
in reaching the goal of 95 per cent by end of April 2009.
Eco Pledge participant, Linda Prosser, notes that sometimes the greatest
positive impact to the environment can be made with the simplest solutions.
"Changing our 42-inch rolls of paper to 36-inch rolls reduced bags of wasted
paper trimmings. Along with a few other efforts, we've saved over 22,000 sq.
feet or 15 per cent of our department's total paper usage."
Recently, ENMAX went a step further in engaging their employees in the
environment by sending Alicia DuBois, Compliance counsel, to Antarctica as
part of an expedition with leading environmentalist Robert Swan, O.B.E. The
trek focused on environmental challenges and solutions that affect all areas
of the world, including Earth's most remote and feral continent. DuBois
traveled alongside employees from other energy companies around the world,
scholars, and experts in climate change. Her experience and new-found
knowledge will in turn be shared with co-workers, ENMAX executives, and the
In addition to employee programs, ENMAX also offers renewable energy
options such as wind power to customers, and continues to build its portfolio
of renewable sources for electricity generation.
For more information go to: http://www.eluta.ca/green-at-enmax
ENMAX Corporation, through subsidiaries and predecessors, has provided
Albertans with safe and reliable electricity for more than 100 years. ENMAX
provides electricity, natural gas and value-added services to more than
600,000 residential, commercial and industrial metered customer locations in
Alberta. ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is
Alberta's leading competitive electricity retailer. Through subsidiaries,
ENMAX Energy is one of Alberta's largest investors in renewable energy and was
the first Canadian electricity retailer to offer customers the option to
support wind generated energy. As well, ENMAX Corporation, through its
subsidiary ENMAX Envision, provides fiber optic networks for high speed data
and internet communications. Visit our website at enmax.com.
For further information:
For further information: Media only contact: Doris B. Kaufmann, Senior
Media Relations Advisor, ENMAX Corporation, C. (403) 689-6150, T. (403)
514-1882, E. firstname.lastname@example.org