York University
York University employees pose for a photo at the Sustainability Awards

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why York University was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • York University's Green Office encourages staff, faculty members and students to volunteer as Sustainability Ambassadors and help manage various environmentally-focused events across the campus -- the President's Sustainability Council was established in 2008 to provide input and recommendations on how best to advance its own sustainability initiatives, and over 100 recommendations have been adopted to date
  • 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 and has since achieved a waste diversion rate of 68 percent
  • York University banned the sale of disposable water bottles on campus in 2015 and installed over 70 water bottle refill stations across the campus as part of this initiative
York University's Maloca Community Garden


Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,411
Employee green team President's Sustainability Council, Sustainability Ambassadors
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Campus Planning and Development
Formal strategy/policy name The Green Office Program, The Energy Management Program (a $40 million initiative that has reduced energy consumption by 30 percent)
Green highlights offers over 500 courses related 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), installation of over 70 water refill stations (phased-out sale of disposable water bottles in 2015), the University has its own brand of fair trade organic coffee available across campus (called Las Nubes), UNPLUG Campaign (reminds staff and students to shutdown computer equipment), Sustainability Website and social media initiatives, dedicated parking for carpoolers, shuttle bus service between campuses, reduced "shower only" memberships at fitness centre for bicycle commuters ($30 for 4 months)
Extended recycling the York ZeroWaste program (multi-faceted program diverting 68 percent of waste from the landfill), the FreeStuff and the online reYUse programs (exchange programs for students looking to pass-on unwanted items)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, 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 Smart Commute, Greater Toronto Conservation Authority, ZIP Car (car sharing program), Earth Day (20 minute campus clean-up)
Head office LEED Silver
Other location LEED Pending
Building footprint includes green roof, 4 campus buildings have green roofs, newly constructed Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence built to meet LEED Gold certification, solar powered electric vehicle charging stations, sustainable cleaning and landscaping practices

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York University employees pose for a photo at the Sustainability Awards

Highlights for New Grads

Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Front-line, Administrative, Technical, Professional and Managerial roles
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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