Niagara Sustainability Initiative: Your workforce: Engaged sustainability leaders enhance business success

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 GTA Construction Report staff writer

Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) invites participation as it continues to host workshops and special events to promote sustainable work environments. The organization’s most recent event, the first of its 2014/2015 season, Your Workforce: Engaged Sustainability Leaders, took place Sept. 25 and focused on the relationship between sustainability and employee engagement.

NSI program manager Lila Karolak says employees engaged in their companies’ culture are more enthusiastic, committed to their workplace’s goals and values and apply more energy to their tasks. She says engaged and happy employees are also more likely to stay put, saving organizations the high costs of replacing workers.

“Embedding sustainability into a business’ operations creates a wonderful opportunity to engage employees as sustainable businesses create a company culture that aligns with the values of their employees,” she said. “Large organizations across the world have tuned in to this idea and have been some of the early adopters of corporate social responsibility, investing in the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit.”

The September event featured keynote speaker Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD Bank’s chief environmental officer , who provided her wealth of experience about how TD shares its green vision from executives to front line sales staff.

Karolak says TD Bank will continue to support the sustainability movement in Niagara as a gold sponsor of NSI’s upcoming event season, joining platinum sponsor Brock University, silver sponsors LBW Lawyers and Rankin Construction, and bronze sponsor L Dunkley Communications.

Meanwhile, NSI will participate in ‘Waking the Frog: An Evening with Tom Rand’ at Ravine Vineyard on Oct. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., presented by the Niagara Energy Alliance. “After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom Rand now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He is an active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy.”

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