1. 10thAnniversary-Earth1stLogoEARTH 1st 10th Anniversary

    2013 marks the 10th anniversary of our EARTH 1st program. EARTH 1st started as a simple idea, an idea for transforming our relationship to the environment and our communities. EARTH 1st is an environmental performance program designed by Walker Industries for Walker Industries. It was developed to take us to another level of environmental performance, to continue to be leaders and innovators in all the businesses we are in.


    When we first introduced EARTH 1st, we asked employees to commit to the EARTH 1st principles, to create the program with us and to participate in what they helped to create. It started with small ideas like changing light bulbs and installing programmable thermostats to more efficiently operate and transformed into a different way of looking at things. Processes were redesigned to use less energy and less water. We started to look at our waste as food for other operations. We started to think beyond the usual way of doing things and create solutions that solved more than one problem. We built on our successes and celebrated each new way of doing things.


    This year we plan to reflect on how far we have come and celebrate our successes.


    EARTH 1st Challenge


    The EARTH 1st Challenge has been designed to keep the environment front of mind as we celebrate 10 years of EARTH 1st. The challenge will run for the entire 2013 year. We have divided the company into four teams:


    1. Corporate Services
    2. Industrial Group
    3. AggCon
    4. WEGI


    Each month, employees will be provided with a challenge and asked to post their actions taken to address the challenge. The actions can be things employees have done at work as well as actions taken in their personal life to meet the challenge.


    The teams will be judged on their rate of participation, the depth of their posts and their level of creativity in meeting the challenge.


    We will be posting about each challenge throughout the year. Most challenges relate to existing National or International environmental days. The winning team will be announced in January 2014. The winning team is provided with the opportunity to choose a local environmental cause and donate funds to that cause.




    EARTH 1st Introduction from Alison Braithwaite  EARTH 1st 10 Years of Earth Days
    EARTH 1st Statement by VP of Emulsions EARTH 1st Statement by VP of Finance
    EARTH 1st Statement by VP of Aggregates and Construction  EARTH 1st Statement by VP of Walker Environmental Group Inc.
     EARTH 1st Statement by Director of Human Resources  EARTH 1st 10th Anniversary Celebration Video
  2. Challenge 1:  Embracing EARTH 1st Principles


    February 7, is National Sweater Day. Everyone is encouraged to lower their heat and put on their favourite sweater, to take action against climate change and work towards a sustainable future. Join Canadians across the country fighting climate change by conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If every Canadian lowered the heat by just 2º C this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4 Megatons!


    To spice things up, we are encouraging all employees to find a wacky, funky, wild sweater, toque and scarf combination.


    Duntroon Sweater Cake








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    Wow! What a success. Thank you for all the enthusiasm to commit, create and participate! It is that energy and enthusiasm that has made EARTH 1st the success it is today. Your willingness to embrace new ideas and to create actions that inspire others to jump on board will make the next 10 years of EARTH 1st even greater than the last 10. It truly was a memorable day and a great start to our 10th anniversary celebrations. Not only did we make a small change in support of the environment, we also had a day full of fun, laughter and wackiness – priceless.









    earth-first-smallChallenge 2:  World Water Day


    March 22, is World Water Day. The day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of fresh water resources.


    Employee will be asked to:

    • watch a world water day video and post actions the teams have taken for sustainable management of our fresh water resources. 




    Head Office enjoyed some popcorn while watching some World Water Day videos















  3. Challenge 3:  Earth Hour - March 23, 2013, 8:30pm


    EARTH Hour is an event that was started in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund in Australia.  They challenged the City of Sydney to turn out their lights for one our to take a stand against climate change. Its purpose was to show that everyone, from children to CEOs and politicians, has the power to change the world they live in.


    Our challenge is to have as many employees and operations participate in Earth Hour to acknowledge their part in supporting our environment.




    We had a lot of postings for Earth Hour!  Great job everyone!














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    earth-first-smallChallenge 4:  Earth Day


    April 22, is Earth Day. The first Earth day was celebrated in 1970.  It was the idea of two people, a Harvard University student and the Governor of Wisconsin.  Their idea inspired the US congress to pass the Clean Air and Water Acts and to establish the Environmental Protection Agency. This is an example of how individuals can make big differences towards Higher Environmental Performance.


    Our challenge to employees  is to participate in Earth Day celebrations and post what they did to celebrate Earth Day.


    For ideas of Earth Day activities visit:





    Employees were busy celebrating Earth Day!  Activities included: 

    • Tree planting
    • EARTH 1st Training      Refreshers
    • Farm to table, meatless lunches
    • Litter less lunches
    • Lights off campaigns
    • Computer shut off campaigns
    • Cold food potluck lunch
    • Road cleanups
    • Committing to using reusable coffee mugs
    • Commuting to work
    • Hikes/walks
    • Working in gardens
    • Safety and Environmental Messenger talks 

    Great job everyone!  


    Head Office - Lights out Campaign

    Head Office - Lights out Campaign


    Litter Less Lunches

    Litter Less Lunches


    Duntroon - Road Clean-up

    Road Clean-up


    Refillable Water Bottles

    Refillable Water Bottles


    Working in Gardens

    Working in Gardens


    ORMI - Cold Food Potluck

    Cold Food Potluck


    Tree Planting

    Tree Planting