In 2000, we established the Second Nature program in an effort to re-affirm and focus our commitment to sustainable operations. This employee-driven program integrates our operations, training and business development with our vision for sustainability.
With 500 employees, 12 operations and two offices, Second Nature committee members function as key leaders and innovators across the company. Their role is to identify issues, develop plans, engage co-workers into action, and then track and report on the results. Through their efforts we hope to see continued reductions in our foot-print and growth in our community support.
Recognizing the efforts of our staff who go above and beyond in is also a part of the Second Nature program. Every year we present two awards; President's Award for Community Stewardship and President's Award for Environmental Initiative.
2010 Environmental Initiative
Iain Mudd, Monika Nowatschin and Carrie Dooh, CMH Galena
The team at Galena had long been aware of the food waste generated from our picnic lunch program. The Kitchen Assistant would creatively craft an abundance of delicious sandwiches each day so that each guest, even the last skier to the lunch spot, would have a choice of sandwich. This system resulted in many left over sandwiches that eventually had to be transported out of the lodge to be disposed of.
The Galena kitchen crew took it upon themselves to create a sandwich sign up sheet. Guests were given a few options and when they arrived at the lunch spot each day would happily find their custom-made lunch waiting for them there.
This new sign-up system resulted in fewer sandwich fixings purchased, sandwiches constructed, transported and disposed of. Watch for this new lunch program in all lodges going forward.
To learn more, read this article on The Heli-Ski Blog: CMH Heli-Skiing Staff look to Reduce Food Waste.
2010 Community Stewardship
Bob Lutz, Information Systems
Bob Lutz’s commitment and contribution to the Banff community is so inspiring! So much so that he received the 2010 community stewardship award.
Bob was nominated by his peers; this is what a couple of them had to say about him.
“His patience, his skill and his ability to teach and share in a totally unselfish manner, is commendable."
"Collectively, Bob has made a tremendous impact on the kids (and the parents) of the Bow Valley and he represents the very best of what we want CMH employees to be in their communities."
With Bob's efforts in Banff Youth Soccer, Tutoring Bow Valley Kids, and the Banff Community Greenhouse Project, Bob has impacted the lives of many bow valley residents.
To learn more, read this article on our blog, The Adventure:Heli-Hiking Hero: Bob Lutz
2009 Environmental Initiative
Becky Champion, Reservations
Becky was awarded the Environmental Initiative award for her tireless efforts in the Banff Office as a member of the Second Nature Committee. The long list of programs Becky developed include: Town-wide garbage clean up in Banff; Composting initiative at the Banff office; Spearheading CMH's involvement in Program Porch-light; Developing a staff newsletter and Encouraging a collective of environmentally-keen companies to work together in Banff. Since joining CMH Becky has consistently demonstrated the initiative, passion and personal commitment that the President's Award celebrates.
2008 Community Stewardship
Nancy DaDalt, Marketing Manager, Heli-Hiking
Nancy was awarded the Community Stewardship award for her tireless leadership and commitment to the Banff Child Care Centre. Nancy dedicates countless hours to the Centre as a Board Member, but her efforts have gone well beyond what is normally expected. She has filled the role of confident, advisor, comforter, coach, and supporter to the staff and especially to the members of the management team. Nancy's efforts have helped the struggling Centre to re-build their staff team; refurbish the building, improve funding, and receive accreditation. The Executive Director of the Center describes her as, "the biggest chocolate chip in the cookie of our life at the daycare centre."
2008 Environmental Initiative
Simon Hellyer, Kitchen Manager, Kuskanax Lodge
Simon's efforts have resulted in numerous subtle and not-so-subtle changes to the way that waste and energy management occur at our Kuskanax Lodge and it has meant a significant reduction in the amounts of waste going to the land-fill in Nakusp. All kitchen waste (about 500 – 600 lbs per week) is composted at a local farm and this is sowing the seeds for a community approach to recycling and composting.
2007 Environmental Initiative
Rick Carswell, Food & Beverage Manager
CMH fish suppliers used styrofoam cartons to transport fresh fish to our lodges resulting in large amounts of non-recyclable styrofoam, which had to be picked up and disposed of at landfill sites. Seeing the volume of waste, Rick encouraged fish suppliers to ship in reusable blue plastic boxes. A simple but effective change.
Rick then went on to implement the same initiative with our Invermere-based bread supplier, requiring them to use foldable boxes. The boxes are returned to, and reused by the supplier, eliminating waste on our end and lowering costs for both parties.
2006 Environmental Initiative
Marc Piché, Assistant Manager, Bugaboo Lodge
Marc has spent vast amounts of time in the Bugaboos, as a CMH guide, recreational climber, photographer and writer. Noticing the negative impact of increasing visitors to the area, he established the Friends of Bugaboo Park (FOBP): a grass roots collective set up to preserve the natural and recreational qualities of the area. To overcome political challenges, Marc has forged relationships with BC Parks, the Alpine Club of Canada, a local climbing club, volunteers, and CMH, bringing them together under the umbrella of the Friends organization to work collectively on stewardship projects.
2006 Community Stewardship
Patty Zinck, Marketing Coordinator
Patty is a founding member of the Bow Valley SPCA. From 1999 - 2006, her volunteer work focused on raising funds to build a no-kill, no-cage adoption centre for abandoned dogs and cats in the Bow Valley. The facility is a first in Canada. Colleagues at the SPCA estimate that Patty contributed 1200 hours toward her labour of love raising thousands of dollars along the way, and educating many people about the goals and objectives of the SPCA.
2005 Environmental Initiative
Rob Whelan, Assistant Manager, CMH Kootenay
Rob developed a fuel tank sensor system that allows us to electronically monitor fuel levels in our remote tanks. Changes in fuel levels are now detected immediately, allowing us to minimize potential impacts from fuel spills or leaks. As well, we are able maintain accurate and timely inventories as required for our safety and maintenance programs.
2005 Community Stewardship
Buck Corrigan, Manager, CMH Revelstoke
For almost 10 years Buck had been a loyal supporter of the Adventurer's Summer Day Camp program in Revelstoke, BC. This program provides locals kids in need with the opportunity to attend the week-long summer camp. Buck encouraged his team of guides, pilots, and staff to make a weekly donation to this important cause.
2004 Environmental Initiative
Jim Kebe, Maintenance Supervisor, Bugaboos
Jim made great efforts to reduce the amount of fuel consumed by the lodge's generators. He experimented with decreasing the use of energy at non-peak times to reduce the demand on the diesel generator. By tracking energy consumption, he was able to see direct impact and develop practices to sustain these energy reductions.
2004 Community Stewardship
Fran Gallagher and Lloyd "Kiwi" Gallagher
Fran (Relief Office Support in Banff) and Lloyd (CMH Guide, Summer and Winter) received the award for their involvement with the Mountain Haven Project, a retreat program that gets women and children living in shelters out into the mountains.
2003 Environmental Initiative
Hank Krawczyk, Forestry Resource Manager
Hank initiated a project to clean up an old abandoned mine site in the Graham Creek area north of Revelstoke in 2002. He recruited an alliance of businesses and agencies to pay for and conduct the cleanup.
2002 Environmental Initiative
Duane Dukart, Maintenance, Adamants Lodge
With an investment of $400 in recycled materials, Duane built a composting system that transformed 100 lbs of garbage per day into a partial pick-up truck-load of rich compost by the end of the winter. With a number of modifications, Duane's original design has evolved significantly and we have built composters at the Bugaboo and Cariboo Lodges with plans to add more at other locations.