York University named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for seventh straight year

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York University has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the seventh straight year, gaining national recognition for reducing annual electrical consumption by 34,730,786 kWh, saving $5 million in utilities every year, and recycling 3,705,780 kg of waste.

York U staff, students and faculty gather for a day planting trees

“I am proud that York has been honoured as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers again, pushing us to set new goals and continually improve,” said Carol McAulay, vice-president, finance & administration. “York’s vision is to be a world leader in sustainability, a living lab, an incubator for sustainability leaders, a disrupter of old ways of thinking and a catalyst for transformative approaches that make an impact. Congratulations to all community members who have contributed to our collective efforts to make this great achievement possible.”

York University’s sustainability highlights

Named by Times Higher Ed as a global impact and innovation leader – 5 in Canada and 26 in the world, based on the United Nations sustainable development goals;

  • Successfully reduced the use of single occupant vehicles to the Keele campus from 70 per cent to 20 per cent;
  • York’s ZeroWaste program diverts 68 per cent of waste from landfills;
  • EcoCampus in Costa Rica is next to the largest rainforest ecosystem in Centre America;
  • York University offers more than 500 courses that relate to environmental and sustainability studies;
  • 22 kilometres of walking paths and more than 200 gardens, including the 2,000-sq-ft Maloca Community Garden; and
  • Water refill stations across the University replaced disposable water bottles.

Read more about York’s commitment to sustainability at http://sustainability.info.yorku.ca/.