Humber College
Humber College employees educate students at the school's Fairtrade Campus Fair  

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Humber College was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Humber College's ongoing waste reduction efforts include a number of initiatives, such as a Campus Clean Up Day, e-waste recycling, collection programs for batteries, used writing utensils, lightbulbs, HVAC filters and is working towards eliminating single-use plastics (including developing a water bottle ban policy) -- impressively, the college increased its diversion rate to 72 per cent in 2018, up from 63 per cent in 2017
  • Humber College employees support numerous events during the year with a focus on environmental sustainability, from volunteering with the WWF shoreline cleanup of Lake Ontario and the Humber River during Earth Week to free gardening workshops hosted by The Centre for Urban Ecology at the Humber Arboretum's new Food Learning Garden
  • Humber College's campus buildings showcase a number of unique green features including a four storey bio-wall that helps filter internal air, a green roof, PV panel solar array, rainwater collection, heat recovery systems, water bottle refilling stations that track the number of plastic bottles saved (4.8 million since 2014), high-efficiency lighting systems, self-powered treadmills for zero impact workouts, and honey bee hives at its North and Lakeshore campuses (hosts a honey harvest tea party in August in conjunction with the honey harvest, with over 110 jars of honey harvested last year)
Employees at Humber College celebrate a campus building's LEED Silver certification  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, college
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,644
Employee green team Sustainability Steering Committee (focused on three key areas: campus footprint, learning, and engagement), and a number of informal green teams, managed by various departments
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Vice President of Planning and Corporate Services and the CFO
Formal strategy/policy name Integrated Energy Master Plan (20 year plan to address the institution's energy and water consumption), Humber Sustainability Plan (2014 to 2019)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights ongoing food services programs to increase organic, Fair Trade and locally produced food products (hosted a unique Vegetarian Awareness Day and the Lakeshore Campus recently became a designated Fair Trade Campus), over 300 courses that address the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability (including a popular certificate on sustainable urban bee keeping with functioning bee hives at two locations), Sustainability Talks (hosted by the business school), The Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology (offers a variety of environmental and outdoor education events for schools and community organizations as well as managing an onsite teaching garden and greenhouse that employs organic gardening techniques)
Noteworthy initiatives 20 year "Integrated Energy Master Plan" includes the ambitious goals to reduce energy use by 50 per cent per square foot, reduce water use by 50 per cent per student, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2034
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, high efficiency lighting, heat recovery systems, four storey bio-wall, water bottle refill stations, LEED Gold certified Athletics Centre (features self-powered treadmills)
Extended recycling textbooks, organics, e-waste, batteries, writing instruments, light bulbs, HVAC filters (conducts annual waste audits and has achieved a 72 per cent waste from landfill diversion rate)
Commuter amenities bicycle fix-it stations on each campus (with free access to air pump and common repair tools), Bike Fridays (with free tune-up clinics for riders), designated carpool parking, on campus car-sharing stations, electric vehicle test drive event (to promote onsite charging stations and educate commuters about electric vehicles), Bike to Work Week, Smart Commute, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Etobicoke Master Gardeners, Fair Trade Week (student-led information campaign to introduce fair trade products), Earth Week (includes a variety of educational events), WWF Living Planet@Campus partnership

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