York University
York University employees celebrating the President's Sustainability Award   (Photo credit: \n\n.\n)

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

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

  • York University maintains a Green Office where staff, faculty members and students can volunteer to become "Sustainability Ambassadors", who help to manage various environmentally-focused events across the campus -- additionally, the university established the President's Sustainability Council in 2008 to provide input and recommendations on how best to advance its own sustainability initiatives
  • York University established a formal waste reduction program called ZeroWaste back in 1990 -- the university eclipsed the program's first goal of a 50 percent reduction by 2000, achieving a waste diversion rate of 66 percent, and is currently setting new targets for the years ahead
  • York University introduced the "FreeStuff" program to encourage students who are moving out to donate unwanted items to a local charity -- the program resulted in over 12,000kg of potential waste diverted from the waste stream -- additionally, the university established the "reYUse" website to enable students to easily exchange unwanted items year-round
York University employees frequently attend the on-campus weekly farmer's market


Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,585
Employee green team Sustainability Ambassadors
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Manager, Environmental Design and Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name President's Sustainability Council, The Green Office Program, and The Energy Management Program (a $40 million wide ranging initiative to reduce energy consumption by 25 percent)
Green highlights offers over 500 courses relating to environmental and sustainability studies and its Faculty of Environmental Studies was the first and largest such program in North America, Maloca Community Garden (over 2,000 square foot garden on the main campus), weekly Farmers Market (features in-season local produce, baked good, Fair Trade coffee and chocolate), installation of over 65 water refill stations in support of phasing out the sale of disposable water bottles, the University has its own brand of fair trade organic coffee that's available across campus (called Las Nubes), UNPLUG Campaign (reminds staff and students to shutdown and unplug when leaving for weekends and holidays to eliminate phantom draws), dedicated parking for carpoolers, shuttle bus service between campuses, reduced "shower only" memberships at fitness centre for bicycle commuters
In-house waste reduction and recycling the York ZeroWaste program (multi-faceted program to reduce and divert waste from the landfill, the "Rez Race to Zero" competition (one winning residence managed to reduce energy consumption by over 20% in one year), FreeStuff and the online YUse programs (exchange programs for students looking to pass-on unwanted items)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Smart Commute, Greater Toronto Conservation Authority, ZIP Car (carsharing program), Earth Day (20 minute campus clean-up)
Head office LEED Silver
Other location LEED Silver
Building footprint includes newly constructed Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence targeted for LEED Gold Certification, has moved to a University wide Green Cleaning program in all buildings and sustainable gardening practices are being adopted for all new landscape initiatives

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Highlights for New Grads

Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,548
Part-time employees in Canada 8,487
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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