Credit Valley Conservation named one of Canada’s greenest employers

MISSISSAUGA – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers (2020), according to a June 17 press release.

CVC was recognized for its many green initiatives, including organic composting, an employee uniform recycling and re-use program and a green procurement policy that ensures selected suppliers reflect CVC’s commitment to the environment.

CVC’s head office footprint includes a LEED Gold-certified building. It also features rainwater harvesting and a permeable parking lot that allows rainwater to filter into the ground, mimicking natural processes.

Each year, staff volunteer to remove one of the area’s most invasive plant species – garlic mustard. In total, employees have removed 1,224 kilograms of garlic mustard since 2012.

CVC has plans to expand its current offering of electric vehicle charging stations and install an innovative “smart blue roof” to help manage stormwater on site.

“This award is an incredible honour and a refection of our passionate and dedicated team,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, chief administrative officer at CVC. “It’s critical that we lead by example and demonstrate, in our workplace, the commitment to the local environment that we continuously advance in the community.”

In addition to environmental initiatives, CVC is committed to giving back to the community by offering volunteer days for staff to help at the Eden Food Bank, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society and many other organizations.

CVC continues to support municipalities and neighbours with vital services like flood warning and greening programs to mitigate and adapt to climate change. CVC is proud to work with partners in government and across the watershed to lead protection, restoration and enhancement of our natural environment.

Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness. Learn more about CVC’s accomplishments at