UAlberta named greenest employer for fifth straight year

(Edmonton) What a way to celebrate Earth Day: for the fifth year in a row the University of Alberta has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers.

The award was announced today by Mediacorp Canada Inc., a specialty publisher of employment-related periodicals that sponsors other employer awards such as Canada’s Top 100 Employers. According to the Mediacorp website, the green award recognizes employers that “lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organization.” Last year, the University of Alberta was one of six post-secondary institutions in Canada to win.

In this year’s submission, the U of A’s Office of Sustainability offered the ecoREPs program and greening efforts in the Faculty of Education as some of the initiatives undertaken on campus. Trina Innes, the office’s director, says the award is one shared across the entire institution.

“This award is a reflection of all the great things that are happening on campus,” she said. “Be it our human resources area, our facilities and operations or the projects that our employees are working on and participating in, it’s a time for us all to celebrate.

“We’re proud to have received this award for the fifth year in a row.”

Find out why the U of A was chosen