For the fourth consecutive year, Humber College has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. The designation recognizes employers in Canada that create a culture of environmental awareness within their organization, and develop exceptional sustainability initiatives. On Earth Day at Humber’s North campus, students, faculty and staff celebrated the important achievement.
Lindsay Walker, Manager of the Office of Sustainability and co-chair of the Humber Sustainability Steering Committee, welcomed the crowd gathered by noting Humber’s recent sustainable initiatives: signing the Okanagan Charter, becoming a Fairtrade Certified campus, and having the most electric vehicle charging stations of any college campus in Ontario.
While students and faculty mingled and enjoyed Fairtrade coffee and tea and Earth Day-themed cookies from a local Etobicoke bakery, Humber Music students performed on stage – thanks to the pedal power of the crowd. The stage setup was courtesy of Tune Your Ride, a local service that allows events like concerts to be powered by bicycles.
Although undoubtedly proud of the achievement, Humber is already looking ahead to even “greener” days. “This week is a great time to reflect on how well we’re doing, and also a chance to look to where we’re going—because there’s lots to do,” Walker says.
Humber’s Strategic Plan has made a commitment to being a national leader in campus sustainability, and Walker adds it’s important to also focus efforts on what makes sense for the Humber community. “This past year, we’ve been gathering stakeholder engagement, opinions and visions as to what our next five years will look like,” Walker says. Humber will continue the Integrated Energy Master Plan, a twenty-year plan that commits to reducing water usage, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Office of Sustainability team hopes 2019 will be a year of “cleaning up the waste bins,” and increasing the amount of waste that is diverted from landfills at the college. “It’s a visual way of seeing that there’s always room for improvement,” Walker explains. “The only way we can make change is if we all individually do so. We’ve got to start somewhere.”
Read the reasons for Humber College’s selection as one of 2019 Canada’s Greenest Employers here.
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