School District No. 36 (Surrey)
School District No. 36 (Surrey)'s District Education Centre

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why School District No. 36 (Surrey) was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • School District No. 36 (Surrey) employees can save for life after work through defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans, depending on their employee group
  • School District No. 36 (Surrey) ensures that managers receive performance review training and employees can provide confidential feedback to management -- the District also conducts exit interviews with departing employees
  • School District No. 36 (Surrey)'s teachers receive maternity leave top-up payments (for up to 17 weeks) -- the program also extends to include teachers who are new dads and adoptive parents
School District No. 36 (Surrey) employees celebrating Halloween

Highlights

Industry Elementary and Secondary Schools
Established in Canada 1906
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,633
Part-time employees in Canada 725
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 47 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives in-house training, mentoring
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why School District No. 36 (Surrey) was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Surrey Schools reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent since 2012 (electricity has been reduced by 11 percent and natural gas use by 19 percent) -- impressively, this accompanies increases in student enrollment and the expansion of its building footprint
  • Surrey Schools is part of a multi-year school travel planning program designed to encourage students to walk, cycle safely or take other forms of active transportation to school -- the program is offered in partnership with the City of Surrey, TravelSmart, HUB Cycling and HASTe
  • Surrey Schools champions a number of energy producing features at its schools including solar walls to preheat outdoor air at 4 locations (leading to natural gas savings and an annual reduction of over 87 tonnes of CO2 emissions) and PV solar panels at one secondary school, which generates approximately 4 percent of the school's electricity
School District No. 36 (Surrey) employees planting trees at the official ceremony for the board's District Education Centre

Highlights

Industry Elementary and Secondary Schools
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,633
Employee green team Green Team (additional environmental clubs at the majority of its 120 schools)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Manager, Energy Management and Sustainability
Green highlights Green Teacher Network (formed in 2003 and meets several times a year to develop and promote environmental education activities), Surrey Youth Sustainability Network (student network of Green Teams and Environmental Clubs from 19 high schools across Surrey), formal "Rethink Waste" program launched at all schools (includes plastics, metals, glass and organics), all schools can access resources to support green initiatives and develop programs that engage staff and students
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives BC Hydro and Fortis BC (development of a strategic energy management plan), City of Surrey (aligning school and municipal recycling systems), partnering with TravelSmart, HUB Cycling and HASTe to encourage walking and safe cycling to school
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Silver
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, geothermal heating/cooling, solar walls for heating at a number of schools, energy efficient lighting, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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