Canada's greenest companies 2009: A first from Maclean's magazine

    Plus: Scientists have mind-blowing plans to reverse global warming: Are
    we ready for them?

    TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - Whistler-Blackcomb's $32-million "green hydro"
project, when completed in November, three months before the Olympics, will
make the ski resort better than carbon neutral: It will produce an annual 33.5
gigawatt hours of clean, renewable energy-more than enough to power its 38
lifts, 17 restaurants and 270 snowmakers. This is just one example of
localized power generation and alternative energy sources that Canadian
companies are exploring to control costs, reduce their ecological footprints,
and generate environmental credibility.
    For the first year ever, Maclean's has partnered with Toronto publisher
Mediacorp to present a list of Canada's 30 greenest employers. It provides an
inside look at some of the initiatives Canada's corporations are undertaking
to improve their environmental footprint - "and their bottom line," adds
Mediacorp managing editor Richard Yerema.


    COMPANY                   LOCATION            HIGHLIGHT
    Nature's Path Foods Inc.  Richmond, B.C.      Employees get $1,000
    (food manufacturer)                           subsidy toward the purchase
                                                  of a hybrid vehicle.
    Town of Banff             Banff, Alta.        Organic waste drop-off
                                                  program for visitors and
    SaskEnergy Inc.           Regina              Employees can control
    (natural gas distributor)                     lighting; employee rebates
                                                  for purchase of
                                                  high-efficiency furnaces.
    New Flyer Industries      Winnipeg            Recycled more than 850
    (transit-bus maker)                           tonnes of metal used in
                                                  manufacturing in 2008.
    Sunnybrook Health         Toronto             Current facility renewal
    Sciences Centre (hospital)                    will cut greenhouse gas
                                                  emissions by projected
                                                  9,000 tonnes.
    Cascades Inc.             Kingsey Falls, Que. Celebrates individual
    (paper products                               employees through
     manufacturer)                                "eco-hero" contest
    Jacques Whitford Ltd.     Dartmouth, N.S.     Employee "green teams"
    (consulting engineering                       review day-to-day office
     firm)                                        practices, such as
                                                  purchasing environmentally
                                                  friendly products

    For the full list of top 30 green companies, see the latest issue on
    newsstands now.


    An emerging group of scientists are breaking some of the greatest taboos
of the world's environmental movement. Spurred by new data suggesting global
warming is progressing faster than even the worst-case scenarios, these
scientists are proposing a quick fix: a "Plan B" to slow climate change and
cool the earth almost overnight. Among their science-fiction-style ideas: the
deployment of millions of lenses the size of doughnuts in geostationary orbit
between the earth and the sun; the creation of vast banks of artificial clouds
over the world's oceans; covering deserts with reflective material; and
seeding the stratosphere with sulphate or other particles. They are all
schemes designed to send a portion of the sun's rays back into the cosmos-
buying the world time to finally get serious about cutting greenhouse gas
emissions. And politicians are warming to their global cooling plans.

    About Maclean's:

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit

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