Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University faculty, staff and students on the Surrey campus have access to a stunning and spacious library

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Kwantlen Polytechnic University was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University employees have access to many campus amenities including a cafeteria (with healthy and special diet menus), outdoor sitting areas, and an employee lounge and quiet room for meditation and religious observance -- employees are also encouraged to keep fit with subsidized memberships to the university's fully-equipped athletic centre that features an indoor soccer field as well as a drop-in sports clinic
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University encourages employees to continue to develop their skills through in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring, financial bonuses for some course completions, subsidies for professional accreditation and tuition coverage for courses at the university
  • Varying by employee group, Kwantlen Polytechnic University provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for its new moms (to 75% of salary for 52 weeks) and parental top-up for new dads and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 37 weeks) -- and encourages employees to balance their work and personal lives with flexible work hours, telecommuting, shortened and compressed work week options, and a formal earned days-off program, also varying by position
Kwantlen Polytechnic University building on the Langley campus
Kwantlen Polytechnic University building on the Surrey campus

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1981
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Richmond BC, Langley BC, Cloverdale BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,092
Part-time employees in Canada 707
Average age of employees in Canada 49
Longest serving employee 42 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Kwantlen Polytechnic University was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University provides dedicated free parking for the Car2Go electric car sharing service, maintains a partnership with the carpool.ca service to help commuters easily find ride partners and offers an inter-campus shuttle bus service
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University's "Environmental Sustainability Committee" published an extensive report outlining the University's progress towards creating a more environmentally sustainable post-secondary institution -- the report highlights accomplishments to date as well as areas for improvement, including planting trees in the main parking lot, rainwater harvesting, composting for community gardens, green walls and green roofs, vermicomposting, an expanded recycling program and an urban forestry management plan, to name a few
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University recently received is sixth annual "BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award" in recognition of its leadership in energy conservation initiatives -- the University increased its building footprint by 36 percent since 1994 but has managed to reduce its natural gas use by 3 percent and electricity by 9 percent over the same period of time
Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Richmond Farm School offers employees the chance to educate themselves about community focussed agriculture
Kwantlen Polytechnic University recently built campus buildings in Surrey were the first in the city to achieve LEED Gold certification

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Richmond BC, Langley BC, Cloverdale BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,092
Employee green team Environmental Sustainability Committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Co-chair, Environmental Sustainability Committee
Formal strategy/policy name Strategic Energy Management Plan; Vision 2018 (environmental component of KPU's overall strategic plan)
Unique green initiatives conservation program includes extensive employee awareness training and a focus on sustainable building design and renovations, numerous degree and diploma courses and programs related to environmental sustainability (16 degrees and 6 diploma programs currently), onsite farmers market (also harvest food box program for deliveries of fresh produce), fair trade coffee served at student-run "Grassroots Cafe", Green Wednesdays (documentary screenings that often include guest speakers), students also manage a number of focused environmental groups often related to their particular disciplines
In-house waste reduction and recycling light bulbs, batteries, e-waste, hazardous liquids (oil, grease, antifreeze, lab chemicals, paint), drywall, wood, furniture (re-use program), pallets and organics, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Green Ideas Network (hosts Green Wednesdays with Kwantlen's School of Agriculture), registered with carpool.ca and participated in Car Free Day last year, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks (students from the Faculty of Science and Horticulture help in maintenance), Richmond Food Security Society (students from the Farm School program help with community gardens), and many more
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes geothermal heating/cooling, significant lighting upgrades to LED lighting systems, electric car charging stations, inter-campus shuttle bus, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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