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Apr 22
Surrey School District named one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Surrey Schools is one of just 65 employers nationally "that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness", according to Canada's Greenest Employers​ competition organizers and judges at the Canada's Top 100 Employers project in Toronto.

It is the first time Surrey Schools has submitted an application to be considered for the award, and the honour comes two months after the district was named one of BC's Top Employers.

"This recognition is rewarding in so many ways," says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. "The award recognizes many years of ongoing efforts on many fronts by our board to ensure sustainability and environmental sensitivity is a priority in our district.

Each employer is evaluated in terms of:

  • the unique environmental initiatives and programs it has developed,
  • the extent to which it has been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint,
  • the degree to which employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills and
  • the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity and whether they attract new people to the organization. ​

"The Surrey School District has long walked-the-talk as a green employer, from establishing a director of Energy Management & Sustainability position six years ago, to building energy efficient buildings, implementing a green procurement strategy, establishing in-house waste reduction and recycling and much more," adds Wilson. "Importantly, our district has been setting a great example for the students we teach, who themselves regularly demonstrate leadership in their environmental and sustainability initiatives."


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