University of Northern British Columbia / UNBC
UNBC's campus  

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why University of Northern British Columbia / UNBC was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):

  • 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 employees can take advantage of the campus' fitness centre that features everything from instructor-led classes to an elevated indoor running track to an onsite physiotherapist -- or head outside for a walk or run through the adjacent forested trails
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, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 584
Part-time employees in Canada 227
Longest serving employee 27 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

Here are some of the reasons why University of Northern British Columbia / UNBC was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • UNBC operates a unique LEED Platinum certified biomass gasification facility that features a wood-pellet heating system and utilizes wood residue from a local sawmill to produce clean renewable energy -- both systems have captured the attention of political and industry leaders, as well as community at large, as they offer a unique demonstration of alternative heating systems for forestry-reliant communities
  • UNBC manages a longstanding "Green Fund" for various sustainability projects across the campus (the fund is supported by campus parking revenues with a total of $50,000 available for projects each year) as well as the "Energy Conservation Revolving Loan Fund", which supports energy efficient projects on campus (energy cost savings are used to repay the loans, with over $1 million loaned since 2012)
  • UNBC established a Campus Food Strategy Group to help design and develop its sustainable food policy, an initiative that keeps with its 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 professor Dr. Darwyn Coxson  

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Prince George BC, Terrace BC, Quesnel BC, Fort St. John BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 584
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 (3 full-time employees)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP of Finance and Business
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, 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, Eco Move-Out (program to recycle or reuse unwanted furniture and electronics), secure bicycle storage and bike repair station (as well as shower facilities and lockers), 6 electric service vehicles for use around the main campus
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 a third of the cost of natural gas) and a wood pellet heating system (which is being expanded to other campus buildings), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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