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 (2017)

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

  • UNBC manages the longstanding "Green Fund" that is dedicated to funding various sustainability projects across the campus -- the unique fund is supported by parking revenues generated on campus with a total of $50,000 available each academic year
  • UNBC established a Campus Food Strategy Group to help design and develop its sustainable food policy, an initiative that keeps with the University's longstanding on-campus Farmers Market and Good Food Box program which includes monthly deliveries of fresh local food -- the University also became the eighth designated "Fair Trade" university in Canada in 2015
  • 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 which address specific areas of interest including energy, carbon neutrality, teaching and food -- the University also maintains the Green University Centre, home to three full-time personnel and a part-time student dedicated to various green initiatives on campus and in the wider region
UNBC energy technician Amanda Drew and assistant director of facilities Dr. David Claus in UNBC's bioenergy plant

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Prince George BC, Terrace BC, Quesnel BC, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 540
Employee green team Green Team (includes faculty, employee and student members), The Green University Planning Committee (comprised of senior administration, staff, faculty and students), The Green University Centre (three full-time employees)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP of Administration and Finance
Formal strategy/policy name UNBC Green Strategy
Green highlights numerous Green Subcommittees (addressing initiatives from energy to food strategies), annual "Green Day" to showcase green initiatives on campus, formal Campus Food Strategy Group which is developing a sustainable food purchasing policy, an on-campus Farmers Market and the Good Food Box program (includes monthly deliveries of fresh local food), UNBC became a designated "Fair Trade" university in 2015 (only the eighth university in Canada), policy to purchase furniture from a local manufacturer, secure bicycle storage and a bike repair station, 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), the "Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund" supports energy efficient projects (with over $300,000 loaned to date)
Extended recycling campus-wide composting program, batteries, electronic waste
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
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), Earth Day
Other location LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, biomass gasification facility that uses 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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