AJAX, ON, April 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Veridian Corporation (Veridian) has
been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for a fifth consecutive
year. This special designation recognizes Veridian as a workplace that
leads the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness, has
developed earth-friendly initiatives and is attracting people to the
company because of its environmental leadership.
"Veridian's green thinking represents corporate initiatives and
continuous employee-driven efforts that allow our company to grow and
maintain a successful business without sacrificing our planet's natural
resources," said Board Chair Doug Dickerson. "Our corporate social
responsibility to the communities we serve has allowed us to recruit
and retain talented employees who define the company's responsibility
to think green today, tomorrow and for the future."
Each employer nominated for the award is evaluated on the unique
environmental initiatives and programs they have developed, the extent
to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own
environmental footprint, the degree to which their employees are
involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique
skills, and the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to
the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to
"Being recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for a fifth
consecutive year is not only a huge honour, but a remarkable
achievement as well," said company President and CEO Michael Angemeer.
"The award is a testament to Veridian's ongoing commitment to
earth-friendly business practices, sustainable development, smart grid
technologies and electric vehicles. I would like to congratulate all of
our employees for this award as they're the ones who made this
The competition's selection committee cited the following as some of the
reasons why Veridian was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers
Encourages alternative transportation wherever possible, the utility
maintains a bike sharing program (free), secure bike parking and shower
facilities, online Smart Commute carpool (with reserved parking for
car-poolers) and a transit subsidy program that offers a 25%
reimbursement for the purchase of a six month transit pass.
Operates six hybrid electric bucket trucks as part of its fleet as well
as adding new Chevy Volts to its car fleet -- and has added electric
charging stations at its facility locations across the region.
Offers employees interest-free loans for the purchase of
energy-efficient appliances for their homes or for the purchase of an
energy efficient automobile, electric bike or scooter.
Is a strong supporter of educational initiatives, ranging from a unique
energy conservation program designed for grade five students across the
region (that is now being exported to other parts of the province) to
research support for electric vehicle development at the University of
Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).
The company's head office building in Ajax was constructed to meet the
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver
Certification (pending) -- and the company recently expanded its solar
panel installation to over 400 panels on the building's rooftop,
generating enough power for approximately 20 average households.
According to Fred Damiani, Veridian's Manager of Human Resources,
sustainable education is key to the promotion of a 'green' corporate
culture. "Along with murals situated throughout the company's
LEED-eligible corporate headquarters that describes the building's
green efficiencies and technologies, a weekly email is sent to
employees that includes details on conservation programs, incentives
and tips that can help staff manage their electricity use at work and
at home, and contribute to a culture of conservation in Ontario," said
Veridian has a number of employee programs to reduce its own energy
consumption and environmental footprint. These programs range from
extensive recycling programs to incentives for employees to use public
transit. The company has also implemented fleet programs to reduce
idling and purchased hybrid and electric vehicles, including two
Now entering its eighth year, the Canada's Greenest Employers
competition is organized by the editors of the Canada's Top 100
Employers project. The award grew out of two remarkable speeches given
by Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the organizers' annual
conferences in 2006 and 2007. Prior to 2009, the award was called
'Canada's Most Earth-Friendly Employers.'
A complete list of this year's winners can be found at: www.canadastop100.com/environmental/
Veridian Corporation, the seventh largest municipal electricity company
in Ontario, owns and operates two subsidiary companies that distribute
electricity and provide energy services to more than 117,000 customers
located in nine municipalities in east central Ontario. Together, our
employees focus on providing reliable, efficient, sustainable energy
solutions and services, and equally share the job of making employee
and public health and safety our number one priority. We are an
important fixture in the communities that we serve. In addition to
providing reasonable electricity rates, we promote economic growth,
community building and sustainable living. Veridian Corporation is
committed to providing value and healthy financial returns to our
shareholders - the City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the
Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville. For more
information, visit www.veridiancorporation.ca.
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