OLG marks eight years of action against shoreline litter with WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada thanks OLG for its efforts to protect nature across Ontario

TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - For the eighth consecutive year, OLG employees and volunteers have partnered with WWF-Canada for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to keep Ontario's rivers, lakes and streams healthy.

This fall, OLG employees organized and volunteered in 20 cleanups to rehabilitate shoreline habitats in communities across the province, including Toronto, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Dundas. More than 300 employees, friends and family members joined together to remove 1,073 kilograms of litter.

Since first participating in 2008 in the Shoreline Cleanup, the country's largest direct-action conservation initiative, more than 2,500 OLG volunteers have removed 8 metric tonnes of litter from our water's edge, where its effects could be far-reaching — from entangling wildlife to negatively impacting water quality and cleanliness.

Beyond the Shoreline Cleanup, OLG has been a strong supporter of WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Work program since 2010, and has inspired its own employees to bring sustainability to the workplace through new and innovative programs. Through their Green Leadership Certificate, a sustainability education and action program, OLG equips employees with an enhanced understanding of environmental issues as well as tools and solutions for leading change at work. For this program, OLG was awarded in November with the Living Planet @ Work Excellence in Environmental Employee Engagement Award.

WWF-Canada hopes more companies will follow the example set by OLG and register shoreline cleanups in their own communities at ShorelineCleanup.ca.

Quote from Sarah Winterton, director of nature-connected programs, WWF-Canada
"We're proud to partner with OLG and thank them for their outstanding commitment to keeping local shorelines clean and healthy for communities and wildlife such as frogs, turtles, birds and all species that depend on healthy freshwater environments. These figures reflect not only the dedicated work of OLG's volunteers who clean shorelines year after year, they are also a reminder that shoreline litter is still a serious environmental issue."

Quote from Paul Pellizzari, executive director, policy & social responsibility, OLG
"At OLG, we are committed to promoting environmental awareness and reducing our environmental footprint through our enterprise-wide sustainability program, Bet On Green. We are proud of our teams of employees who support WWF-Canada and volunteer for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup year after year. This is an important initiative that helps maintain the vibrancy of the communities that OLG serves."

About the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada, and presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. www.ShorelineCleanup.ca

About World Wildlife Fund Canada
WWF-Canada creates solutions to the environmental challenges that matter most for Canadians. We work in places that are unique and ecologically important, so that nature, wildlife and people thrive together. Because we are all wildlife. wwf.ca 

About OLG
OLG is the Ontario government agency that delivers gaming entertainment in a socially responsible manner. OLG conducts and manages gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, PlayOLG Internet gaming, the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres and is leading the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $44 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. These payments to the province support the operation of hospitals, amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program, local and provincial charities and problem gambling prevention, treatment and research.


Image with caption: "OLG receives award for Excellence in Employee Engagement (CNW Group/WWF-Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161122_C5827_PHOTO_EN_824522.jpg

For further information: Emily Vandermeer, communications specialist, evandermeer@wwfcanada.org, +1 416-489-4567 ext. 7298; OLG Media Relations Line, 1-888-946-6716


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