The City of Markham was announced this week as one of Canada’s greenest employers by the editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.
Winning employers are evaluated using four main criteria: the environmental initiatives or programs they have developed; whether they have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint; employee involvement in the programs; and whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity, attracting new employees and customers.
Markham created Greenprint, a plan that covers green technology, energy conservation and efficiency, waste diversion and recycling, environmental enhancement, food security, wildlife protection and more.
“We’ve taken bold steps to help reduce climate change and reduce our carbon footprint,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The City of Markham is a municipal leader in sustainability. Our goal is to achieve net zero energy, water, waste and emissions by 2050.”
Last year, Markham became the first municipality in North America to divert textiles from landfills. Since then, thanks to the support from Markham residents, more than three million pounds of textiles have been sorted for reuse, re-wear or recycling.
The city’s solar portfolio is one of the largest in Canada and produces 1.8 megawatts of power, generating about $300,000 in annual revenue.
The Civic Centre was selected by Alectra Utilities to host their Drive for the Workplace pilot project this year due to the high number of staff who drive electric vehicles to work. The project hopes to engage more staff in sustainable transportation options so the impact of daytime electric vehicle charging at workplaces on Ontario’s electricity grid can be assessed.