TORONTO, ONTARIO - Humber College has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the seventh year in a row by MediaCorp Canada. The award recognizes employers that lead the nation in making environmental values part of their organizational culture.
“Over the last several years, there has been a culture shift at Humber in which sustainability isn’t just something we consider on its own, but something that is a part of everything we do,” said Lindsay Walker, associate director, Sustainability. “I’m proud to see we’re recognized as a Greenest Employer for the seventh year running. Congratulations to our students, staff and faculty who take responsibility for embedding sustainability into their roles on and off campus that help us create a better world for all.”
The college is working to advance low and zero-carbon, sustainable and resilient infrastructure in all campus developments and operations by incorporating sustainability into the design and building process. As Canada’s largest college, Humber strives to exemplify national leadership through using a sustainability mindset in everything the college does. Humber has also committed to ensuring that all new college buildings are constructed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
The college's sustainable initiatives include:
- Humber recently released the Climate Action Plan, which outlines the pathway for the college to reach net-zero by 2050 and focuses on reducing emissions at the source rather than purchasing carbon offsets.
- Humber's award-winning Building NX retrofit now uses 97 per cent less energy for heating and 70 per cent less energy overall than before. This retrofit has set a new standard for building retrofits that prioritize the conservation of resources. The building was awarded the Zero Carbon Building - Design Certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), making it the first existing building in Canada to be zero carbon certified. It is also the first to receive Passivhaus Institut EnerPHit certification in Canada.
- Humber is the first college in Ontario to have multiple campuses with a Fair Trade designation.
- Humber's 20-year Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) aims to reduce energy and waste consumption by 50 per cent while reducing carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2034. One of the IEMP's goals is to connect students to the process of real-world experiences in energy and building design.
- Humber's Learning Outcomes (HLO) framework includes three key mindsets crucial to the well-being and prosperity of individuals and communities: equity, diversity & inclusion; sustainability; and systems thinking.
- Humber became Bee Campus certified in 2021, a big step towards protecting native species.
To learn more about Humber's long-term sustainability vision and goals, visit humber.ca/sustainability.
About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Humber College is focused on our students' future. As a global leader in polytechnic education, Humber students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. Humber provides career-focused education to more than 38,000 full-time and 19,000 part-time students and professional learners in-person at three main Toronto locations and online. A comprehensive range of credentials, including honours undergraduate degrees, Ontario graduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, and certificates, prepare career-ready global citizens to move seamlessly from education to employment. More than 86 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.
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