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Humber College's president Chris Whitaker at the annual President's Breakfast

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Humber College was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Humber College's evolving 5-year Sustainability Plan outlines the college's vision to be "sustainable in everything we do" -- towards that goal, the College has sought to develop formal programs to address all operational aspects, including paper reduction strategies, water and energy conservation, waste reduction and diversion, greenhouse gas emissions, transit and transportation, and organic and local food sourcing
  • Humber College also reaches out to the surrounding community through the Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology, offering a variety of environmental and outdoor education events for schools and community organizations
  • Humber College's campus buildings showcase a number of unique green features including a 4-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 even track the number of plastic bottles saved) and high-efficiency lighting systems -- the LEED Gold certified Athletics Centre even features self-powered treadmills for zero impact workouts
Humber College employees planting a garden

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, College
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,629
Employee green team Sustainability Coordinating Committee (comprised of three separate committees: the Academic Sustainability Committee, the Operational Sustainability Committee, and the Community Engagement and Sustainability Committee), 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 Humber Sustainability Plan (2014 to 2019), along with several sub-reports addressing water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions
Green highlights Fair Trade Week (student-led information campaign to introduce fair trade products), Tour de Lake Orientation Bike Ride (to promote sustainable transit to new students), White Elephant Swap (trade gently used items for students, all proceeds donated to charity) and spring Move-Out program to collect everything from clothes to electronics to non-perishable food for donation, Earth Week (variety of events including making smoothies with local and organic ingredients), Food Services (ongoing initiatives to increase organic, fair trade and locally produced food products), over 300 courses that address the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability (including a new certificate on sustainable urban bee keeping, and has installed bee hives at two locations), "Sustainability Talks" conferences 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), onsite garden and greenhouse that uses organic gardening techniques, indigenous plant restoration program, green fleet program (includes adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles)
Extended recycling textbooks, organics, e-waste, batteries, writing instruments, light bulbs, HVAC filters (conducts annual waste audits and has achieved a 63% waste from landfill diversion rate)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike Tune Up (free clinic) and Bike to Work Week, David Suzuki Foundation, Smart Commute, Pollution Probe, Etobicoke Master Gardeners
Head office LEED Silver
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, high efficiency lighting, heat recovery systems, 4-storey bio-wall, bicycle fix-it station (with free access to air pump and common repair tools), water bottle refill stations, LEED Gold certified Athletics Centre which features self-powered treadmills

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