Designation recognizes utility for its culture of environmental
awareness and earth-friendly business practices
AJAX, ON, April 22 /CNW/ - Veridian Corporation has been named one of
Canada's Greenest Employers for a second consecutive year. The special
designation recognizes Veridian as an employer that leads the nation in
creating a culture of environmental awareness in its workplace, and one
that is committed to earth-friendly business practices.
"Veridian is proud of its long track record of caring for the
environment, and the awards and recognition received for its ongoing
commitment to environmental sustainability," said company President and
CEO Michael Angemeer. "The LEED eligible expansion of our head office
in Ajax, a growing fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles, and
award-winning energy conservation and environmental programs for
employees and customers are just a few examples of our environmental
"Veridian's shareholder communities are committed to leadership through
innovative sustainability programs, solar installations, LEED building
and renewable energy technologies," said Doug Dickerson, Chair of
Veridian's Board of Directors. "It is satisfying to see that there is
alignment between Veridian and its shareholders in working together for
the environmental, economic and social future of the communities we
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
The competition's selection committee cited the following as some of the
reasons why Veridian was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers
Has made environmental stewardship a major part of its community
involvement focus — providing volunteering employees with access to
funds, company resources, facilities and equipment as well as time away
during working hours.
Recently introduced the 'Veridian Clean Summer Air Challenge' to
encourage (and reward) employees who walk, run, cycle, take public
transit, carpool or telecommute to work to reduce their carbon
footprints and help clear the summer air in southern Ontario.
Participating employees have the chance to win prizes tailored to their
chosen mode of transportation.
Provides interest-free loans for its employees towards the purchase of
energy-efficient appliances for their homes, and offers a similar
program for the purchase of hybrid vehicles that includes an interest
free loan to be used towards the purchase of a new hybrid.
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).
Recently completed construction of a Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) eligible addition to the company's head
office building in Ajax.
According to Fred Damiani, Veridian's Manager of Human Resources,
education is key to the promotion of a 'green' corporate culture. "We
regularly conduct lunch and learn sessions and presentations where our
employees can gain valuable tips on ways they can reduce their
environmental footprint," said Damiani. "Additionally, Veridian's
Energy Efficiency and Environmental Committee play a critical role in
identifying opportunities for more sustainable business practices, and
promoting wise energy use by employees."
Veridian has introduced a number of internal and external programs to
reduce its own energy consumption and environmental footprint. These
programs range from extensive recycling programs to teleworking and
incentives for employees to use public transit. The company has also
implemented fleet programs to reduce idling, and it recently purchased
a number of new hybrid electric vehicles, including a plug-in electric
bucket truck — the second of its kind in Ontario.
Veridian has also supported electric vehicle development and deployment
through partnerships with UOIT, Durham College and the Durham Strategic
Energy Alliance (DSEA). "The use of electric vehicles and their
charging during mostly off-peak hours, together with more clean energy,
will be a way that Veridian and its customers can play an important
role in helping to reduce local smog producing pollution, reduce global
warming and reduce vehicle operating costs," said Angemeer.
A further demonstration of Veridian's commitment to environmental
stewardship is the 26,000 square foot expansion to its head office in
Ajax. The project was undertaken to accommodate the consolidation of
key business operations to support service improvements and operating
efficiencies. The expansion is bright and open with lots of windows and
flooded with natural light, built with materials that offer an optimum
indoor environment, barrier free, and a showcase of energy efficiency
and green building best practices. These and other design attributes
will make the building expansion eligible for LEED certification —
Silver. LEED is a third-party certification program and an
internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and
operation of high-performance buildings.
As part of the expansion, work has begun on a wetland, walkway and
sitting areas to provide employees with an opportunity to enjoy the
outdoors. The wetland is a unique feature that will provide for the
required parking lot drainage in a more sustainable way, and the
walkway will tie-in to the Town of Ajax's extensive trail system.
High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) parking spots, electric vehicle charging
spots and bike racks have been added, and bus shelters will be erected
for the comfort of those taking public transit in inclement weather.
Launched in 2007, the Canada's Greenest Employers competition is
organized by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project.
This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation
in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their
organizations. These employers have developed exceptional
earth-friendly initiatives — and are attracting people to their
organizations because of their environmental leadership.
Winners of the Canada's Greenest Employers competition include both
public and private sector organizations from almost every industry and
region of Canada. The common thread running through their selection is
that each leader in its field is making environmental values central to
their corporate cultures. A complete list of Canada's Greenest
Employers is available online at: http://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 115,000 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 Coporation is
committed to providing value and healthy financial returns to our
shareholders — the City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the
Municipality ofClarington and the City of Belleville. For more
information, visit www.veridiancorporation.ca.
For further information:
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Veridian Connections Inc.
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