A Prince George post-secondary has once again been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.
Mediacorp Canada Inc. has recognized UNBC a ninth time in its history today (April 19) for its commitment to sustainability.
“At UNBC, sustainability is at the heart of our teaching and research objectives and is central to the day-to-day operations at our campuses,” says UNBC Interim President Dr. Geoff Payne in a news release.
“As Canada’s Green University we are proud to once again be among Canada’s Greenest Employers as our faculty, staff and students lead by example to create a healthier world for everyone.”
According to a statement, judges recognized UNBC’s current environmental initiatives, including three electric car-charging stations in which electric car users are only required to pay the standard parking fee to access the chargers.
UNBC also offers secure, covered bike storage, as well as shower facilities and lockers for cyclists.
Ongoing lighting upgrades at the Prince George campus include the replacement of old fluorescent lights with energy-efficient LEDs.
Improved controls take advantage of motion sensing, daylight harvesting, zone control and dimming to reduce electricity use and improve usability.
Organized annually by Mediacorp, the awards recognize 85 Canadian employers.
UNBC is one of seven universities nation-wide included on the 2021 list and is the only employer out of northern B.C.
Selection criteria includes:
- Unique environmental initiatives or programs employers have developed
- Whether employers are successful in reducing their environmental footprint
- Whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills
- Whether their environmental initiatives are linked to the employer’s public identity to attract new people to the organization
This latest recognition follows Mediacorp’s announcement earlier this year that UNBC was also once again named one of B.C.’s Top Employers.