SaskTel named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

logo-200x60-sasktel-newGood news for SaskTel this morning as they have been included in the list of Canada’s Greenest Employers… the only telecommunications company to be honoured. Some of the reasons why SaskTel was chosen were:

– has operated a longstanding environmental management program in the communities where it operates, sponsoring local recycling projects for a variety of household items that divert thousands of gallons of paint, tonnes of waste batteries and old telephone directories from landfills every year

– employees use their expertise to repair and donate surplus computers to local schools and organizations, and have donated over 25,000 refurbished computers since 1993

– recently developed an “Ecological Strategy” that commits the company to consider environmental impacts as part of its decision-making processes — as a result of this initiative, the company is implementing a range of projects to reduce their overall environmental footprint, including an office waste recycling program, educational campaigns, and new energy-saving equipment retrofits

– established a “Greenhouse Gas Management” plan that has aggressive reduction targets for the use of electricity, natural gas and fuel consumption

– launched the “Switch Off and Save” campaign on Earth Day last year that encouraged employees to switch off all unnecessary electronics, vehicles and gas heaters — and offers prizes and contests to foster ongoing participation

– has extensive in-house recycling programs for batteries, printer cartridges, office paper, light bulbs, phone books, furniture, office equipment, wire and cabling, and computer equipment — impressively, over 770,000kg (69.3%) of the company’s total waste was diverted from landfill last year

This is the 2nd year the list and Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp Canada Inc. said “These employers lead the nation in bringing environmental values into their culture. We were impressed by the range of initiatives they have undertaken, as well as their top-level commitment to environmental values even in challenging economic times.”

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