TORONTO, April 22, 2013 /CNW/ - York University has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for its commitment to sustainability research, education and action.
The Canada's Greenest Employers competition recognizes the top 55 employers that lead the nation in building sustainability into their cultures. This includes unique environmental initiatives and programs, success in reducing their environmental footprints and employee involvement in sustainability efforts.
"This award recognizes the incredible efforts of York students, faculty and staff who take action every day to raise awareness and reduce our impact on the environment," says Mamdouh Shoukri, President & Vice-Chancellor, York University. "We have made significant strides to date and will continue to lead by example in achieving results that make a meaningful difference."
The distinction specifically recognizes York for the creation of the President's Sustainability Council, its Green Office and Sustainability Ambassador programs and the "Res Race to Zero" competition in which student residences across campus attempt to reduce energy consumption.
York University has invested $40 million in its Energy Management Program, reducing energy usage by 25 per cent. In real terms, the energy savings over the course of the program equal 100 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which is enough energy to power the University's Keele and Glendon campuses for almost an entire year.
For 2012, the waste diversion rate surpassed 60 per cent, with the University achieving its target diversion rate of 65 per cent by 2013.
For more information about Canada's Greenest Employers, including the full list of companies and reasons for selection, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/
York University is helping to shape the global thinkers and thinking that will define tomorrow. York U's unwavering commitment to excellence reflects a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility that sets us apart. A York U degree empowers graduates to thrive in the world and achieve their life goals through a rigorous academic foundation balanced by real-world experiential education. As a globally recognized research centre, York U is fully engaged in the critical discussions that lead to innovative solutions to the most pressing local and global social challenges. York U's 11 faculties and 28 research centres are thinking bigger, broader and more globally, partnering with 288 leading universities worldwide. York U's community is strong − 55,000 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and more than 250,000 alumni.
Image with caption: "Students adding plants to the green roof on the Lassonde Building at York University, which has been named as one of Canada's Greenest Employers. (CNW Group/York University)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130422_C7246_PHOTO_EN_25799.jpg
SOURCE: York University
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