Chosen as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Julien Gagnier, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Apr 21, 2013)
Some of the reasons why Rescan, an ERM Company was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2013):
operates an employee-led "Green Ideas Committee" to review and introduce green initiatives to the office environment (as well as the business practice) -- the committee is comprised of eight employee volunteers who represent a diverse range of backgrounds, with one member representing senior management -- the committee meets monthly and even manages an accompanying website that offers environmental information, a feedback forum, and a green "tip of the week"
the committee is working towards the ambitious goal of diverting 95% of its in-house waste from the landfill, conducting a waste audit and following-up with the implementation of an extensive recycling program (including e-waste and batteries) and a full-service composting program that is transported to a nearby facility for processing (and ultimately used by local farmers)
as a result of this green focus, the company now serves organic teas and Fair Trade-certified coffee, and uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper in printers and copiers as well as ensuring that new office furniture purchases are made with FSC-certified wood products -- and even makes its own green cleaning supplies
employees are strong supporters of a number of community initiatives, including the annual Bike-to-Work Week event, Earth Day (celebrated with a vegetarian potluck with employee recipes compiled into an online cookbook) and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium
the company is also working with Vancouver's Translink system and taking advantage of the employer/employee transit subsidy program -- the program reduces the cost of a monthly pass by 10 percent with Rescan contributing another $20 each month
in response to its growing bike commuter population, the company constructed a secure bicycle locker room in the parking garage to ensure its self-propelled commuters have a secure area to store their bikes -- and a graphic designer employee painted the walls with an impressive West-Coast themed mural to inspire
operates a unique "Green Rebate Program" that provides a 25 percent reimbursement on qualified environmentally-friendly purchases (to $250 each year) -- almost half of employees took advantage last year, with items ranging from energy efficient light bulbs to transit passes to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified home purchase
maintains a Toyota Prius hybrid for employees to use (and test drive) and also offers an employer-paid rebate (to supplement government rebates) towards the purchase of a hybrid vehicle
Major Canadian hiring locations: Dease Lake BC, Kamloops BC, Smithers BC, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Yellowknife NT, Saskatoon SK.
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