This special award recognizes Canadian employers who create a culture of environmental awareness, develop exceptional earth-friendly initiatives, and – because of their environmental leadership – are attracting employees.
Some of reasons why UBC is being recognized with this award include:
- UBC first established its “Climate Action Plan” in 2010, which commits the university to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 67% by 2020 over the 2007 baseline year — impressively, UBC achieved a 30% reduction by 2015 while also increasing its building footprint and overall student population
- In 2008, UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings — the university now has 16 LEED registered and 10 LEED certified buildings. For its existing building footprint, UBC partnered with BC Hydro to implement an ongoing “Building Tune-Up Program“, and has a longstanding building retrofit program that has been under way since 1998
- UBC maintains a 24-hectare certified organic farm where over 250 varieties of crops are grown — the facility offers public educational workshops, hosts regular farmers’ markets, provides fresh organic produce to a number of on-campus dining outlets, and offers weekly deliveries of fresh produce to people in the community
To see all of this year’s Greenest Employers, visit http://www.canadastop100.com/environmental/.