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April 14, 2010

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Setting a green example

BURNABY—CUPE members are driving environmental action at work and in their communities.

On Earth Day 2010, we are focusing on some of the many wins CUPE members have made to help make the planet greener, healthier and more sustainable. These wins show that CUPE members have the power to take action on environmental issues and serve as an example to all workers.

Here in B.C., Steve Scott, CUPE 379 member and thirty year school custodian is a shining example. Steve worked with his local health and safety committee and Toxic Free Canada – with the support of the school district – to remove all toxic substances from Burnaby schools. Steve notes that the shift to non-toxic cleaning agents is having a positive impact on children, custodial staff, teachers, and the overall environment. Read the story featured in the Tyee.

Here are some other recent green victories from across Canada.

You can also use the following resources to get your workplace going green this Earth Day and every day:

Green workplace guide

Greener conventions

Green collective agreement language

Workplace environmental audit

CUPE National’s environmental course


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