C3: Innovative Environmental Program Recognized by International Panel of
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/14/13 -- An innovative "green
spending account" developed by a Calgary-based climate change and
sustainability company has been recognized by an international panel
of business executives.
C3 was recognized by Environmental Leader Technology Reviews for its
environmental rewards program developed for the employees of Encana,
Cenovus Energy, BP Canada Energy Group and ENMAX Corporation.
Under the C3 program, participating employees are given an annual
allowance to improve their home energy and water efficiency.
Since 2008, these employees have invested an estimated $8 million in
energy efficient products, avoiding over 1,100 tonnes of greenhouse
gas emissions and saving over 30,000 cubic metres of water. C3 has
distributed $1.4 million in rebate cheques to them.
"As a Cenovus employee, I have taken advantage of the program since
2008 and received rebates on everything from a programmable
thermostat to CFL lighting and even green power for my home," says
regulatory analyst Russell Koehler. "The program encourages all of us
to think about energy efficiency at work and at home, which is good
for both the environment and the bottom line."
The green spending account is a valuable employee attraction and
retention benefit for human resource departments competing to retain
"Staff engagement is one of the hardest areas for any company to
tackle and this is an interesting way of involving employees," says
one Environmental Leader juror.
Another adds, "This might be a valuable addition to a benefits
package and offers a convenient way for corporate HR to promote
sustainable behaviors among employees."
Employees are reimbursed for a variety of products, including ENERGY
STAR appliances, toilets and LED or CFL light bulbs. C3 verifies
these actions have been taken and reports back to the employer the
greenhouse gas reductions attributable to their investment.
"Progressive companies see this program as win-win," says C3
President and CEO Simon Knight. "It increases their attraction as an
employer and it bolsters corporate sustainability reporting. Most
importantly, it entrenches sustainable business practices from work
The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews is a program recognizing
excellence in products and services that provide companies with
energy and environmental benefits. Scores were determined by a panel
of independent judges from companies including PepsiCo, Staples, the
University of California Berkeley, ISS Facilities Services, The Green
Grid, LNS Research, Owens Corning, Yahoo! Inc., GlaxoSmithKline,
Legrand, Petco, and New Belgium Brewing Company.
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C3, formerly Climate Change Central, is a leading full service,
sustainable energy company based in Alberta. It combines innovative,
evidence-based thinking, pragmatic solutions and an extensive network
of relationships to ensure sustainable energy initiatives are
designed and delivered to meet environmental, economic and societal
A representative from C3, as well as various clients, can be made
available for interviews.
Sr. Manager, Corporate Programs & Sustainability
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