EARTH 1st celebrates 10 years!

Walker Plans 10 Challenges to Mark 10 Years of EARTH 1st

NEWS RELEASE February 5, 2013

NIAGARA FALLS – Throughout 2013, Walker Industries is organizing 10 challenges for
employees and the community to reduce their environmental impacts in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the company’s innovative EARTH 1st program.

EARTH 1st celebrates 10 yearsEARTH 1st was developed to take Walker to another level of environmental performance by
empowering employees to make a difference at work and at home. In the past decade, through the suggestions of employees, the company has dramatically reduced its environmental impacts. Some examples include launching a carbon neutral building service, recycling concrete and asphalt, installing energy efficient lighting and developing wax emulsions from environmentally sustainable resources.

Walker is kicking off its first 10th anniversary challenge by participating in National Sweater

On February 7, 2013, the temperature at all Walker Industries locations will be lowered by two degrees. All 550-plus employees are asked to wear a warm sweater that day. “We are
encouraging staff to find wacky, funky and wild sweater, toque and scarf combinations,” says
Alison Braithwaite, the company’s director of Environmental Performance. “We’re looking
forward to the virtual fashion show as participants post their photos and videos on our challenge site.”

Walker locations taking part in the challenge include:
• Walker Industries Head Office & Walker Environmental – Thorold and Niagara
• Organic Resource Management Inc. – Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Woodstock
• Norjohn Contracting – Niagara Falls
• Walker Aggregates– Simcoe County and Niagara Region
• Amherst Quarries – Essex County
• Norjohn Limited – Burlington
• Norjohn-ACI Inc. – Portland, Oregon and Palm Coast, Florida

Members of the communities in each of Walker’s operating locations are also encouraged to
become involved. “We’re asking our customers, suppliers, friends and neighbours to lower their heat and put on their favourite sweater to take action against climate change and work towards a sustainable future,” Braithwaite says.

If every Canadian lowered the heat by just two degrees this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4 megatons.

Participants are encouraged to send photos and their stories to
Stories and pictures will be posted on Walker Industries EARTH 1st web site to celebrate how
people are making a difference.

Other environmental challenges being planned for the year include a water reduction initiative, a turn-out-the-lights effort for Earth Hour, participation in Earth Day celebrations, a bike-to-work week, a community engagement project and a waste reduction week.

More information on EARTH 1st  is available at and National Sweater Day at

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For more information, contact Alison Braithwaite, director of Environmental Performance at
Walker Industries at 905-680-3769 or via email at