Walmart Canada among Surrey Environment and Business Award winners

Three winners of the 2022 Surrey Environment and Business Awards have been announced ahead of this week’s event.

Walmart Canada won the Large Business category, Weir Minerals was the Small Business Leader, and Surrey Digital Printing was the Small Business Winner.

The award winners are selected based on “their exceptional commitment to environmental leadership and issues”.

The Surrey Board of Trade is hosting the annual event, a luncheon taking place on Tuesday (September 20) at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel.

Walmart Canada won for its Surrey Distribution Center, a 300,000-square-foot facility that opened in Campbell Heights last April.

“Walmart has reduced its carbon footprint by reducing long-haul travel from Alberta,” reads a biography of the award. “The distribution center is on track to become a zero-waste facility as it will be built vertically and will occupy approximately half the landmass of a conventional equivalent facility. It uses LED lighting and intelligent controls to reduce energy consumption by 70%. By integrating Witron’s cutting-edge technology, Walmart can fulfill up to 150,000 orders per day for its 45 locations across BC.”

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Weir Minerals won for engineering solutions that “improve safety, efficiency and sustainability and help provide the essential resources needed by a growing world,” according to a biography. “The whole purpose of Weir’s business is to recycle pumps, pipes, valves and other types of steel equipment by adding a sacrificial layer of rubber to protect the underlying steel and extend the life of steel components.”

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In the Small Business category, Surrey Digital Printing is recognized for offering reprographic and blueprint services “using the latest technologies and state-of-the-art printing equipment”. Part of their vision is to support and enhance their community’s development through environmental and resource sustainability, and waste reduction is a critical part of this initiative. They have formed a sustainability committee to review the day-to-day processes and ensure each employee understands their role in achieving the company’s sustainability goals.”

Tuesday’s awards ceremony will include guest speaker Josie Osborne, BC’s Secretary of Land, Water and Resource Management and Secretary of Fisheries.

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Meanwhile, the Surrey Board of Trade has issued a proclamation for Rail Safety Week (19-25 September) to raise awareness of the dangers of ignoring safety warnings at level crossings and trespassing on rail property, to reduce avoidable deaths, injuries and incident damage to trains and citizens.

“Trains are an important part of our transportation network, not only for moving people and goods, but also for moving necessary supplies to communities across BC,” said Anita Huberman, President and CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “Surrey has a significant rail network which is part of our economic foundation.”

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