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TORONTO, ON, Thursday, April 22, 2021: Your Toronto Zoo is proud to be named as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2021. Launched in 2007, this award recognizes employers with interesting environmental programs and Earth-friendly policies that actively involve their employees. The Canada’s Greenest Employers award recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organization because of their environmental leadership.

Employers are evaluated using four main criteria: (1) unique environmental initiatives or programs they have developed; (2) whether they have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint; (3) whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills; and (4) whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity, attracting new employees or customers. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

“We are honoured that your Toronto Zoo has been chosen as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2021,” said Dolf DeJong, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Zoo. “Your Zoo has worked hard to create a workplace culture of environmental awareness for our employees and volunteers. We are helping people build a conservation minded identity to share with our guests and community to effect change inside and outside of our facility. We are so proud of our team and are committed to continuing to work with partners to reduce our sites impact while building environmental literacy,” he added.

Here are some of the reasons why your Toronto Zoo was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

  • Toronto Zoo manages a wide range of initiatives to reduce waste from its grounds, including 24 separate waste diversion streams -- including 12 streams implemented through the TerraCycle program (ranging from plastic bags and gloves to personal safety equipment and coffee pods) and 12 streams implemented internally (capturing everything from fluorescent lightbulbs to hazardous waste and bamboo waste)
  • Toronto Zoo also has a formal plastic statement that commits itself to take action to reduce, reuse and recycle any plastic that is used and sold -- and also manages a uniform repair program and the "PhoneApes" program to collect e-waste and raise awareness about the impacts of electronic waste on the environment
  • As part of its strategic vision, Toronto Zoo is committed to raising awareness for the protection of endangered species and biodiversity -- the organization partners with countless local and global environmental agencies to promote research and conservation, and offers a range of educational opportunities for guests such as Green Sustainability Tours, Greenhouse Tours, and Saving Species Days

For full details on the competition and process: https://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/

Click here for a review on the selection criteria for Your Toronto Zoo: https://reviews.canadastop100.com/top-employer-toronto-zoo

To read the full details visit: https://www.torontozoo.com/mediaroom/press2021?pg=20210422


Media Contact Information:
Katie Gray
Manager of Strategic Communications

Amanda Chambers
Toronto Zoo’s Supervisor of Strategic Communications

About Your Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo’s mission is to  connect  people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction and our vision is a world where wildlife and wild spaces thrive. An iconic tourist attraction and Conservation organization, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping wildlife and their natural habitats – from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except December 25 and attracts approximately 1.2  million guests each year. Toronto Zoo is accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  The Zoo has also achieved the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) Certificate of Good Animal Practice® and is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

About Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation’s largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which includes 18 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners, including The Globe and Mail. Mediacorp also operates Eluta.ca, one of Canada’s largest job search engines, which reaches millions of job-seekers annually and features editorial reviews from the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.


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