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Sheridan Nurseries Receives National Award
by Grace Williams
May 17, 2016

Sheridan Nurseries, Canada’s largest garden centre retailer and grower, has received the prestigious accolade of one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada, for its continued commitment to the environment and sustainability.

Winning employers are evaluated on the following criteria:

1) Unique environmental initiatives

2) Successful in reducing their own environmental footprint

3) Employee involvement in the program

4) Environmental initiatives are linked to the employer’s public identity Karl. E. Stensson, CEO & President at Sheridan Nurseries said: “Receiving the Canada’s Greenest Employers award is an outstanding honour for Sheridan Nurseries. This award is a result of passion, commitment and dedication by our entire team to achieve our environmental goals in all areas of our business. As a company that was founded on outdoor plants, our standards of excellence for everything ‘green’ is a reflection of our company values for over 100 years.”

A few of the reasons why Sheridan Nurseries was selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers:

• Noting its "green-thumb" line of business, Sheridan Nurseries is uniquely positioned to offer educational programs in the community, including the "Little Digger" program to introduce children to the plant life-cycle, the "Growing-up Green" school outreach program and the LEAF program to highlight native plant species.

• Construction of a massive water recapture pond to collect rainwater and water run-off from its growing operations -- the 117 million litre pond naturally filters water through a series of settling ponds and has significantly reduced the company's water draw from local sources. Richard Yerema, Managing Editor at Mediacorp says “Today, we’ve moved well beyond the business case to the point where we can say that a large part of Canadian society now expects the organizations they deal with to incorporate sustainable business practices into their operations. Karl Stensson added: “We believe building a culture of sustainability into our workplace is intrinsically linked to who we are as a company and our brand. It has always been a part of what we do, and now is considered in every new venture and project we undertake.”

More information about Sheridan Nurseries can be found by visiting: www.sheridannurseries.com .

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