For the first time, York Region has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, an annual designation that recognizes employers that lead the country in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.
The municipal government was selected for several reasons, including the development of Vision 2051, a long-range strategic plan that features ‘living sustainably’ as one of its pillars and sets out goals that include diversifying energy supplies and moving toward local, renewable and alternative energy production, even using stormwater as a resource.
Now in its 13th year, Canada’s Greenest Employers were announced by the editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc. Award recipients have demonstrated the development of exceptional sustainability initiatives and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.
“Environmental sustainability was once considered contrary to running a successful enterprise, however, within a generation we have witnessed a complete reversal. A focus on long-term sustainability is not only necessary for the health of any organization but for society as a whole,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.
York Region, which employs 4,500 people, was also recognized for offering flexible hours and work-from-home options and for encouraging employees to consider alternative transportation by supporting initiatives like Smart Commute Week and Bike to Work Day.
The designation also recognizes the Region’s support of employee ambassadors from multiple departments who lead awareness initiatives on issues like waste reduction, composting, forestry, and energy and water conservation. York Region has also been named a Greater Toronto Top Employer, a Top Employer for Young People in Canada and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2020 by Mediacorp Canada.
Among other things, York Region encourages its employees to take alternative transportation. Photo courtesy of York Region.