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UNBC hits list for greenest employers

The University of Northern British Columbia is one of Canada’s greenest employers for a sixth straight year.

“Through the purposeful and dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and students, UNBC continues to be a national leader in sustainability,” said UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks, in a press release. “Earning recognition as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the sixth consecutive year is something the entire University community can celebrate.”

UNBC is one of nine universities included on the list this year and is the only employer in northern B.C. to earn the recognition.

UNBC is recognized for its Campus Food Strategy, its Green Fund and Green University Planning Committee.

The Campus Food Strategy Group helps design and develop sustainable food policy, which is an initiative in keeping with UNBC’s longstanding on-campus Farmers Market and the Good Food Box program that includes monthly deliveries of fresh local food.

The Green University Planning Committee, comprised of senior administrators, faculty members, students and campus groups, as well as a number of green sub-committees, addresses specific areas of interest, including energy, carbon neutrality, teaching and food.

The Green Fund is dedicated to funding various sustainability projects across the campus, from retrofitting buildings with LED lighting to a student-led research project on identifying suitable renewable energy options for all UNBC locations. The fund is supported by parking revenues and a total of $50,000 is available each academic year.

Organized annually by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the awards recognize 70 Canadian employers. The selection criteria includes: the unique environmental initiatives or programs employers have developed; whether employers have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint; whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills; and whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity to attract new people to the organization.

Earlier this year, Mediacorp named UNBC as one of B.C.’s Top Employers.

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