Today is Earth Day – a day recognized around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. At TELUS, sustainability and the environment is top-of-mind for us every day of the year, so it’s truly an honour to be named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Canada’s Top 100 Employers as we celebrate Earth Day 2014.
Notably, this marks ourthird consecutive year of receiving this important recognition. Canada’s Greenest Employers recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness within their organizations. These Canadian employers have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership. We are very proud to once again receive this distinction and excited to continue progressing our work in the areas of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
As TELUS’ Chief Sustainability Officer I am passionate about supporting our team’s efforts to create greener, healthier communities across Canada. We believe that the health of our communities, our customers and our team is tied to the health of our planet. Sustainability is a holistic mindset that guides every decision we make and challenges us to innovate. For example, in 2006 we created and launched Work Styles, a program that empowers our team members to work where and when they are most productive. By supporting a flexible working environment, we can better utilize our office space while reducing our environmental footprint. Last year our Work Styles program helped eliminate more than 1.1 million hours of commuting time and 4.6 million kilograms of CO2 emissions.
TELUS is also proud to be the largest lease-holder of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) space in North America. Currently under construction, our two newest developments, TELUS Garden in Vancouver and TELUS Sky in Calgary, will be LEED Platinum certified. Using innovative technologies like rooftop solar collection, TELUS Garden and TELUS Sky will use up to 80 per cent less energy than a standard development their size for heating and cooling and reduce CO2 emissions by more than a million kilograms annually – the equivalent of planting 400,000 trees every year.
Recently, at the GLOBE 2014 conference in Vancouver I had the opportunity to speak on the topic of Transformational Company Best Practices to share TELUS’ important work in sustainability. For me, one of the highlights of the conference was hearing Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s passionate discussion about “clean capitalism” with Dr. Wal van Lierop, co-founder and CEO of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital. The most important message I took away from this event is that there is great hope in continuing our work in developing creative and innovative ideas in the area of sustainability. With this in mind, the TELUS team and I will strive to do even more for our planet and look forward to celebrating many Earth Days to come.
To learn more about our sustainability practices, please visit telus.com/sustainability.