Hiking High Note Trail on Whistler Mountain
Whistler Blackcomb celebrated Earth Day by once again being named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. For the 8th consecutive year, Whistler Blackcomb has been awarded this distinction by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for its proactive approach towards sustainability and energy conservation.

We take environmental sustainability seriously. We make an effort to integrate sustainable and energy conservation practices into everything we do so it is always wonderful to be recognized. It is by the grace of our dedicated employees that we are able to achieve this distinction year after year. – Dave Brownlie President and CEO at Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler Blackcomb has worked with BC Hydro for over 10 years on conservation initiatives as a Power Smart Leader in British Columbia.  Conservation and sustainability are deeply embedded into the corporate culture at Whistler Blackcomb due to the operation and their staff and community being so highly connected to the natural environment.

The Every Step Counts team, a cross-divisional team of 15 employees, strategically plan and execute campaigns and programs to increase awareness and behavioural change both at work and at home.  In 2015, Whistler Blackcomb reduced energy consumption by a further 890,000 kWh through lighting and mechanical retrofits and operational changes.  That’s enough to power 89 homes in BC for a year. To date, the Every Step Counts team has changed out over 15,000 light bulbs to more energy-efficient models.  Whistler Blackcomb also has an employee carpooling program using fleet vehicles to transport staff members from Squamish and Pemberton that saves 360 tonnes of emissions per year.

“For years, we advanced the argument that building environmental values into your workplace culture helped organizations reduce waste and recognize the true costs of doing business,” says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp. “Today, we’ve moved well beyond the business case to the point where we can say that a large part of Canadian society now expects the organizations they deal with to incorporate sustainable business practices into their operations.”

Now entering its 10th year, Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes employers who lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness. Whistler Blackcomb was chosen for, among other reasons, their long history of working with community stakeholders on local environmental initiatives. Whistler Blackcomb, through the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, matches dollar-for-dollar employee contributions to the environmental fund — over $340,000 has been donated to specific environmental projects since 2001. For more information about the recognition, please visit: http://content.eluta.ca/top-employer-whistler-blackcomb.

Feature image: Mitch Winton

For more information about Whistler Blackcomb’s environmental initiatives, please visit: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/about-us/environment.