May 3, 2010
Whistler Blackcomb (WB) this week was named one of the 50 greenest employers in Canada.
The designation, announced by organization Canada’s Top 100, recognizes innovative efforts to carry out business in an environmentally responsible manner and to engage employees in efforts to be involved in those efforts both in-house and in the community.
This is the second straight year WB was among the 50 employers to be named to the list.
“We are thrilled to accept this award on behalf of our 3,800 employees,” Dave Brownlie, WB president and chief operating officer, said in a statement issued on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22).
“This recognition could not be possible without the dedication, passion and commitment our staff and guests have shown to reducing waste and conserving energy. This is an award that we all can be proud of.”
The 2010 list of Canada’s greenest employers also included the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and Royal Bank of Canada.
WB officials touted their participation in renewable energy projects such as the Fitzsimmons Creek run-of-river hydroelectric station, which produces enough electricity to match the total consumption of the ski area operation.
From 2008 to 2009, WB’s food and beverage division, which includes 18 restaurants, reduced its waste by 75 per cent, officials said. WB employees participate in a range of environmental programs, carpooling groups, energy conservation programs and community efforts, such as the Habitat Improvement Team (HIT), which regularly works to improve habitat for riparian and terrestrial plants and animals in and around Whistler, officials said.