The Town of Ladysmith has been named as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the fourth year in succession.
The award is part of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition out on each year by MediaCorp Canada, with the winners announced on Earth Day.
It is designed to recognize earth-friendly initiatives, as well as environmental leadership and awareness.
MediaCorp has highlighted the town’s Sustainability Action Plan as one of the reasons for the award. The plan outlines specific goals in order to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable moving forward through areas such as agriculture, water management and transportation.
The town was also commended on its donation of 350 sapling trees which were planted at various schools in the town to celebrate Earth Day.
Furthermore, in partnership with the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association, the town established the 10 per cent Shift campaign, which encourages more people in the community to shop locally and support local businesses.
Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone said that the town’s green reputation “may well be the key” to continued economic growth and prosperity.
Stone says “small green changes” can help to cut costs, reduce harmful impact on the environment and improve the quality of life.
City manager Ruth Malli says town staff, council and citizens always to work together to build a stronger community. “We are proud to share the 2015 Greenest Employers award with our community,” she said.