University of Northern British Columbia / UNBC
The UNBC campus in Prince George, British Columbia

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why University of Northern British Columbia / UNBC was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • UNBC helps employees balance their personal and working lives with a variety of alternative working options, including compressed and shortened work weeks, a 35-hour work week and an earned days off program -- the majority of new employees start with 3 weeks of paid vacation with some employees starting with 4 weeks
  • UNBC makes it easy for employees to continue their education -- along with a full academic calendar, the university offers tuition subsidies for programs related and not directly related to their positions, as well as subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house training initiatives
  • UNBC supports its new moms with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as new fathers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 35 weeks) -- new parents can also take advantage of an onsite daycare centre when they are ready to return to work
UNBC employees researching the possibility of moringa seeds as a new material for water treatment

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1990
Major Canadian hiring locations Prince George BC, Terrace BC, Quesnel BC, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 540
Part-time employees in Canada 230
Longest serving employee 25 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training
Scope of charitable involvement local, national

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

Here are some of the reasons why University of Northern British Columbia / UNBC was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • UNBC maintains a Green University Planning Committee comprised of senior administrators, faculty members, students and campus groups, as well as a number of green sub-committees that address specific areas of interest, including energy, carbon neutrality, teaching and food -- the university also maintains the Green University Centre, home to four full-time personnel and a part-time student dedicated to various green initiatives on campus and in the wider region
  • UNBC manages a unique "Green Fund" dedicated to funding various sustainability projects across the campus, from retrofitting the campus pub with LED lighting to a student-led research project on identifying suitable renewable energy options for all UNBC locations -- the fund is supported by parking revenues and a total of $50,000 is available each academic year
  • UNBC operates a unique biomass gasification facility that uses wood residue from a local sawmill to produce clean renewable energy -- the facility achieved the impressive LEED Platinum certification standard and heats the main buildings of the university's Prince George campus as well as reduces demand for fossil fuel heating by 85 percent
UNBC's Quesnel River Research Centre's manager conducting research on the Mount Polley mine disaster

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Prince George BC, Terrace BC, Quesnel BC, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 535
Employee green team The Green University Planning Committee (committee of senior administration, staff, faculty and students)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP Administration/Finance
Green highlights The Green University Centre ( three full-time employees), on-campus University Farmer's Market and the Good Food Box program (local food delivered monthly), secure bicycle storage and a bike repair station, three electric car charging stations (users only pay the standard parking fee) and six electric service vehicles for use around the main campus, unique Green Fund ($50,000 raised annually from parking revenues is directed to sustainability projects)
In-house waste reduction and recycling a campus-wide composting program, batteries, electronic waste
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, World Water Day, Local Food Day, World Wildlife Fund (Earth Hour)
Other location LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes biomass gasification facility that uses local wood residue from a local sawmill (roughly one third the cost of natural gas) and a wood pellet heating system, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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