The Green 30: Part 2 of 3

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Employees Identify "The Green 30" Organizations Based On Eco-Friendly Programs and Practices

Well we introduced you to the first 10 companies out of the 30 that made the Green 30 according to Maclean's Magazine. Check out The Green 30: Part 1. Here are the next 10!

Look out for the final 10 in Part 3!

G&K Services, Inc.
 Uniform and equipment rentals,
Mississauga, Ont.

  • Installed waste-water and reuse-treatment system in all processing facilities.
Launched a solvent recovery program to tackle unique environmental issues within the printing industry.

  • Efficiently plans delivery routes to reduce drive time and unnecessary idling.

Greater Edmonton Foundation
 Seniors’ housing,

  • Replaced 1,500 toilets with low-flow brands, improving water efficiency by 36 per cent.
In the process of swapping all T12 lighting for more energy-efficient T8 lighting.

  • Has implemented a paperless pilot project at one company site, with the aim of going paperless at all GEF locations.

ISL Engineering and Land Services 
Engineering and consulting,

Developed “Kick Carbon to the Curb” car share program—purchased Smart cars for traveling to off-site meetings.

  • Partnered with the Natural Step (TNS), a non-profit that promotes sustainability.
  • ISL’s 260 employees had to complete TNS’s Sustainability 101 online course.
Named 25 sustainability champions who are allowed to dedicate 10 per cent of their work hours toward green objectives.

Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc.
 Property management and ownership,

  • Designed a rainwater harvesting system for its facility in Rocky View, Alta., which is designed to capture and store a million litres of rainwater in cisterns buried under the parking lot. The water is used to irrigate all exterior landscaped areas.

  • Remains the largest real estate and property management purchaser of green electricity in North America. Powers Toronto offices with 100 per cent green power.

  • New procurement policy requires information on sustainable initiatives from all service contractors.


  • Calculated company’s carbon footprint and put in place a long-term plan to reduce it, in part by replacing on-site meetings with video conferencing.
  • Relocated two LoyaltyOne facilities to LEED-certified spaces. Transformed Mississauga, Ont., call centre into a sustainable facility, with 800 photovoltaic solar panels located on the roof, generating enough energy to power 16 homes. Company hopes to have 85 per cent of its associates working in LEED-certified spaces by the end of this year. Hopes to reduce total energy consumption in all facilities by 20 per cent.

  • Established local partnerships to work on sustainability issues. Joined with groups like WWF Canada and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) to encourage corporate Canada’s adoption of the Copenhagen communiqué. Solicited more than 500 Toronto businesses leaders to sign the communiqué.

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
 Cosmetics retail,

  • Donates all proceeds from the sale of Lush’s Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion to grassroots organizations; many are involved in environmental conservation.
  • Initiative has raised $1,072,269 since October 2007.

  • Minimizes packaging required for retail products. When unavoidable, uses recycled materials 90 per cent of the time.
By selling shampoo in bars, the company has saved nearly six million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills.

Marriott Hotels of Canada Ltd.
Hotels and resorts,
Mississauga, Ont.

  • Each hotel has a green committee made up of representatives who manage recycling programs and green initiatives, and work to expand environmental awareness among employees.

  • Uses low-energy light bulbs and fixtures, as well as digital thermostats and low-flow shower heads in all guest rooms.

  • Has all of its hotels participate in Earth Hour by asking guests to reduce their power usage and turning off non-essential lighting, heating, ventilating and air conditioning.

McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
 Food service,

  • Created the food-service industry’s first corrugated-cardboard recycling program.

  • Is the largest user of recycled paper in the food-service industry—95 per cent of cardboard used behind the counter has been recycled—and utilizes reusable shipping containers for food and dairy products.

  • Created an environmental scorecard for food suppliers and an annual sustainability award that recognizes advancement in energy conservation, solid-waste mitigation and recycling. This led to 45 per cent of its suppliers decreasing the amount of water they use when making products.

Mountain Equipment Co-op 
Mountaineering equipment,

  • Co-founded wilderness conservation initiative with Canadian Parks and Wilderness Committee (CPAWS), which encourages employees to raise money and awareness for parks and protected areas.

  • Donates one per cent of total sales (approximately $2.5 million in 2009) toward community involvement grants that support Canada’s outdoor community. Employees are involved in awarding grants.

  • Organizes “dumpster dives” to encourage waste reduction. This effort has helped divert 90 per cent of the company’s waste from the landfill.

National Leasing
 Equipment leasing,

  • Created a “green team” of employees that organize initiatives such as lunch seminars and electronic-waste recycling programs; has showers and bike lockers available for anyone who bikes or walks to work.

  • New head office used recycled furniture from the old building and was built with an open-concept design to reduce construction waste and the materials needed.

  • Formed gardening committee to design and grow a garden outside of the company’s head office building.

THE METHODOLOGY: The Green 30 is based on employee opinion data collected as part of Hewitt Associates’ annual Best Employers in Canada Study and Best Small and Medium Employers Study. More than 100,000 employees and 2,000 leaders in 230 organizations participated in the 2010 edition of these studies. To be eligible, organizations must be in business for at least three years and have 50 or more employees.