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

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

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

  • Along with over 500 courses across several faculties that focus on sustainability and the environment, York University recently opened a new Eco-Campus in Costa Rica, which operates as a local, national and international school dedicated to education and research on neo-tropical conservation, eco-health, community well-being and sustainable livelihoods for neighbouring communities
  • 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
  • York University established a formal waste reduction program called ZeroWaste back in 1990 -- the University eclipsed the program's first goal of a 50% reduction by 2000 and has since achieved a waste diversion rate of 68%
York University employees volunteering to plant trees on Arbour Day  


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,495
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, The Energy Management Program (a $40 million initiative that has reduced energy consumption by 30%, despite a growing campus), Sustainability Strategy (launched in 2017)
Green highlights offers over 500 courses related to environmental and sustainability studies, its Faculty of Environmental Studies was the first and largest such program in North America, new Eco-Campus in Costa Rica (located adjacent to the Las Nubes Forest Reserve (part of the largest rainforest ecosystem in Central America), Maloca Community Garden (over 2,000 square foot garden on the main campus), water refill stations throughout the campus (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), 3 bicycle repair stations on campus (new indoor repair shop is included in the plans for a new student housing building)
Extended recycling the York ZeroWaste program (multi-faceted program diverting 68% of waste from the landfill), the FreeStuff and the online reYUse programs (residence exchange programs for students looking to pass on unwanted items), bottle water phase-out program, battery recycling program
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), weekly Farmers Market (in partnership with a student-run group)
Head office LEED Silver
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, 5 campus buildings have green roofs, newly constructed Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence built to meet LEED Gold certification, solar powered electric vehicle charging station, sustainable cleaning and landscaping practices

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York University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
York University employees pose for a photo at the Sustainability Awards

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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