TORONTO, ONTARIO – Humber College is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, as named by MediaCorp Canada, for the fifth year in a row. The award recognizes employers that lead the nation in making environmental values part of their organizational culture.
“We have a goal to be a national leader in campus sustainability. We’re going beyond what most organizations are doing in terms of energy savings,” said Spencer Wood, director, Facilities Management, Humber College. “We are thinking about sustainability in our teaching and learning, campus operations, behaviours and in everything we do across the institution.”
All campus developments and operations at Humber, for example, begin by incorporating sustainability into the design and building process. This includes considering how the building will support the health and wellness of users, be accessible to all, connect students and the community to real-world learning opportunities, as well as ensuring it is low energy and low carbon. 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’s award-winning Building NX retrofit now uses 97 per cent less heating energy and 70 per cent less energy than before. This retrofit has set a new standard for building retrofits that prioritizes the conservation of its resources, as well as the well-being, comfort and performance of the Humber community.
The college received a Gold designation in the latest most stringent version 2.2 of the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) run by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Humber’s Forest Nature Program was the recipient of the 2019 Edward Burtynsky Award for excellence in environmental inquiry.
Humber’s Learning Outcomes (HLO) framework was launched. The HLO framework includes three key mindsets that are crucial to the well-being and prosperity of individuals and communities: equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI), sustainability and systems thinking.
A Commuter Hub was launched, which includes 16 electric vehicle charging stations, a secure bike parking room for 100 bikes at Humber’s North Campus.
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 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. 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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