Employee passion, leadership and conservation achievements led to BC Hydro being selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the second time in a row, announced on Earth Day, which is today, April 22.
“This important national recognition of BC Hydro’s environmental commitment and performance is a tribute to our employees’ conservation achievements and it confirms how our organization is leading by example with our Power Smart customers,” said Lisa Coltart, Executive Director, Power Smart and Customer Care. “I would especially like to thank the people across the organization whose actions, leadership and passion ensure that energy efficiency and conservation is woven into everything we do – from building and operating our facilities, designing our systems, finding more sustainable options for our fleet and commuting, and reducing our environmental footprint.”
Launched in 2007, the Canada’s Greenest Employers competition is organized by the editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives, and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.
Employers are evaluated on:
1. The unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed;
2. The extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization’s own environmental footprint;
3. The degree to which their employees are involved in these programs, and whether they contribute any unique skills; and,
4. The extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity, and whether they attract new people to the organization.
Employees drive conservation efforts
Employees have been instrumental to reducing BC Hydro’s energy use by 11 GWh (over five per cent) since 2010 through a number of initiatives that are spearheaded by Green Teams and individuals keen to exploit opportunities within their area of work. Achievements include:
• New office spaces are 30 per cent more energy and water efficient than before. Plus they improve occupant safety and comfort and save BC Hydro money in avoided lease costs;
• Computer savings are being realized through reducing the number of servers required, using more energy-efficient models, and turning off equipment that is not in use;
• Green Teams, operating at 38 sites with nearly 90 per cent of our staff, spearheaded 20 campaigns in fiscal year 2013 to reduce energy use by minimizing space heater use, closing blinds, using revolving doors, reducing waste through battery recycling and facilitating sustainable transportation;
• Generation is retrofitting lighting and taking advantage of heat recovery potential in a number of generating stations; and,
• T&D and Generation are integrating energy efficiency into their designs, standards and guidelines through the PPM system.
“Being green is an important element to attracting and retaining top talent for BC Hydro,” said Lesley McDonald, Manager, Diversity and Talent Management Strategy. “Enabling employees to drive conservation initiatives which support our Mind Our Footprint value and allow us to practice what we preach is extremely important. We are proud that we offer programs through Lead by Example to support and facilitate this work throughout the organization.”