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

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

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

  • York University was one of the first schools to lead the charge in banning the sale of disposable plastic water bottles on campus back in 2015, and has since installed water bottle refill stations across campus as part of this initiative
  • Along with over 500 courses across several faculties that focus on sustainability and the environment, York University manages a unique Eco-Campus in Costa Rica, which operates as a local, national and international school dedicated to education and research on neotropical conservation, eco-health, community well-being and sustainable livelihoods for neighbouring communities
  • With new subway connections to the campus, York University is a strong advocate of alternative commuting, offering two car-share operations on campus (with 20 vehicles), preferred parking for carpoolers, and an online carpool matching service with SmartCommute -- additionally, York University hosts an annual Bike to York Day and maintains three bike repair stations for bicycle commuters
York University employees volunteer to plant trees on Arbour Day  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,552
Employee green team President's Sustainability Council, Sustainability Ambassadors
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chair, President's Sustainability Council
Formal strategy/policy name The Green Office Program (to engage faculty, staff and students with office space on campus), The Energy Management Program (a $40 million initiative that has reduced energy consumption by 30 per cent, despite a growing campus), Sustainability Strategy (launched in 2017)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights offers over 500 courses related to environmental and sustainability studies, Maloca Community Garden (over 2,000 square foot garden on the main campus), sustainability awareness events (includes lectures, exhibitions and interactive events), water refill stations throughout the campus (phased-out sale of disposable water bottles in 2015), UNPLUG Campaign (to remind staff and students to shutdown computer equipment)
Noteworthy initiatives maintains the Eco-Campus in Costa Rica that is located adjacent to the Las Nubes Forest Reserve (part of the largest rainforest ecosystem in Central America) and even produces its own brand of fair trade organic coffee (called Las Nubes) available across the University
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, seven campus buildings have green roofs, newly constructed Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence built to meet LEED Gold certification, solar powered electric vehicle charging station, LED lighting retrofits (indoor and outdoor), water saving fixtures, sustainable cleaning and landscaping practices
Extended recycling formal ZeroWaste program (multi-faceted program diverting 68 per cent of waste from the landfill), FreeStuff and online reYUse programs (residence exchange programs for students looking to pass on unwanted items), battery recycling program, e-waste, appliances, ink cartridges
Commuter amenities dedicated parking for carpoolers, shuttle bus service between campuses, reduced "shower only" memberships at fitness centre for bicycle commuters ($30 for four months), three bicycle repair stations on campus, Zipcar and Enterprise Car Sharing programs (20 vehicles available on campus), Smart Commute (sponsors annual Bike to York Day, carpool matching services), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Greater Toronto Conservation Authority, Earth Day (20-minute campus clean-up), weekly Farmers Market available throughout the academic year (in partnership with a student-run group), Oasis Clothing Bank, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada (print services certified in 2008 for paper sourcing, double-side printing and advocacy for use of electronic documents over print), Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (participates in the widely used Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System / STARS program for measuring sustainability practices in post-secondary institutions)

The Career Directory

York University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
York University employees take a selfie during a staff event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,600 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
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, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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