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A City of Markham employee planting in a monarch-friendly garden   (Photo credit: Anil Mungal)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Markham, City of was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Along with up to 1.4MW of solar power generation capacity atop its many buildings, the City of Markham hosts an annual "Battle of the Buildings" competition to challenge administrative and community centre buildings to reduce electricity consumption by 15% each year
  • In addition to ongoing energy management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Markham adopted a long-term "Greenprint" plan, a 50- to 100-year sustainability plan to create a "healthy, vibrant and sustainable community" for all residents
  • City of Markham residents have already achieved a 81% waste diversion from landfill rate, and the City itself has set an ambitious in-house goal of sending "Zero Waste" to landfill
Employees of the City of Markham employees using the electric vehicle charging station available at Markham Civic Centre

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Markham ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,116
Employee green team Corporate Energy Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Sustainability and Asset Management
Formal strategy/policy name Greenprint (the City's 50- to 100-year sustainability plan), Corporate Energy Management Plan (5-year plan)
Green highlights annual "Battle of the Buildings" competition that challenges administrative and community centres buildings to reduce electricity consumption by 15%, community gardens (integrated into an overall sustainability plan), first city in Canada to declare itself a "monarch butterfly friendly city" (the 2012 declaration is supported by the planting of butterfly friendly plants on city properties and educating residents about the need for planting pollinator plants)
Extended recycling set a formal Zero Waste goal for its operations, including organics, batteries, light bulbs, e-waste, textiles, milk bag collection program (for repurposing as outdoor mats in areas of need and natural disasters), residents across the City have already achieved a 81% waste diversion rate
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives SmartCommute, Earth Month, Toronto Region Conservation Authority
Building footprint includes solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, 1.4MW of solar power generation at various locations across the city that are connected to the province's feed-in-tariff program, bird friendly guidelines to help incorporate bird friendly designs into renovations and new building construction

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