Sustainability is embedded into Humber’s community and culture through teaching, learning and applied research, and sustainable operations. We lead and support Humber’s commitment to provide national leadership in developing sustainable campuses, and are a hub for campus engagement and information. We foster a culture of sustainability by leading by example: how we operate our buildings; interact with the physical environment and communities around us; and in the way we teach and learn about sustainability. By incorporating economic, social and environmental sustainability across the college, we are creating career-ready citizens for the challenges of today's world. To guide our commitments, we follow the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure our local actions have a global impact.
Humber's Sustainability Plan 2014-2019, guides the college’s actions related to environmental, social and economic sustainability. From transportation to curriculum, Humber is planting the seeds to grow a more sustainable future.
Humber's Sustainability Plan 2014-2019 was developed through an 8-month consultation process, engaging over 5,000 students, faculty and staff. The Plan sets our measurable targets for key priorities such as energy and water reduction, social performance, learning and engagement. We use the Plan to guide the integration of sustainability throughout the college.
In October 2016, Humber re-certified with the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) certification and achieved a Silver rating. The re-certification was done with the newest version 2.1 of STARS, the most robust to date. We have made great strides in campus sustainability since 2013 as the standards of most credits is higher now, we also increased our score by more than 13 credits.
2013 (version 1.2)
2016 (version 2.1)
(1st college in Ontario and 3rd in Canada to achieve Silver)
Some highlights from the 2016 submission include:
- Pre-Apprenticeship Horticultural Technician Program
- Humber Gender Diversity Policy
- Lakeshore GARDENS Pod Project 2016
- Indigenous Plant Restoration
Did you know?
Our AASHE membership applies to everyone at Humber! If you are a student, staff or faculty looking for member-only case studies or information in the AASHE Resource Center. You can simply create an account using your Humber email for full access to AASHE member resources. Questions? Contact AASHE Member Relations.
Humber Sustainability highlighted in AASHE STARS 2014 Higher Education Sustainability Review on page 14!
One of Canada's Greenest Employers 2016 - 2019.
Humber College has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers two years in a row! Canada’s Greenest Employers competition recognizes Humber as an employer leading Canada’s culture of environmental awareness, and its ability to attract people with its earth-friendly initiatives.
Humber celebrated the 2017 distinction at its North Campus on April 27 (video here). Featured guests included Dr. Chris Whitaker, President, Humber College; Gina Antonacci, Associate Vice-President, Academic; Spencer Wood, Director, Facilities Management; and Humber alumnus James Nowlan, Director, Air Policy and Climate Branch, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
ACCC Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability
Humber is a signatory of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability. Signatories to the Protocol agree to provide leadership in their internal and external communities and to maximize their contribution to a sustainable future.