5 years in a row
Mohawk named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2018
HAMILTON, ONTARIO - Mohawk College has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the fifth consecutive year by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
Mohawk is one of four colleges in Canada to make the 2018 list, and one of three colleges in Ontario. Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness. A complete list of this year’s winners is available on Canada’s Top 100 website. The competition is in its 11th year.
“Mohawk is proud to be named a Greenest Employer for the past 5 years. As a college, we’re committed to long-term resilience of both our college and community. Mohawk implements dozens of sustainability programs each year that encourage our students, employees and the community to live sustainably and reduce our collective impact on the planet.”
- This year’s competition recognized 70 Canadian employers.
- Mohawk is the only Hamilton employer on this year’s list.
- Mohawk’s first Environmental Management Plan committed to a 20 per cent reduction of 2007 baseline carbon emissions by the year 2020. Mohawk exceeded this target reaching a 24 per cent reduction by 2014 and set a new target of a 30 per cent reduction by 2020.
- In December 2017, Mohawk launched the Centre for Climate Change Management in collaboration with the Ontario government and the cities of Hamilton and Burlington. The centre is the first of its kind at an Ontario college and will help accelerate the region’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
- Mohawk’s Sustainability Office led the development of a local food procurement model for all 24 Ontario colleges in partnership with the Greenbelt Fund and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The new model will increase the amount of Ontario-grown food served on college campuses.
- In February 2018, Mohawk received a grant from the Ontario Government and the Greenbelt Fund to develop online professional development modules in local food procurement through their Continuing Education division. The program will teach food service staff local food procurement skills, as well as how to create menus that celebrate and maximize the use of Ontario food.
- This fall, the college will open The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. The Centre is designed to be the region’s first net-zero energy institutional building and will showcase leading edge technologies. The Joyce Centre will also be the pilot that sets the standard for the Canada Green Building Council’s new Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.
- The college’s Sustainability Office oversees numerous activities and initiatives aimed at encouraging faculty, staff and students to live sustainably. These include programs promoting alternative transit, an on-campus community-based garden with plots available for students, staff and the community, and a seasonal mobile Farm Stand that sells fresh, locally grown produce.
For more information, contact:
Manager Campus Sustainability and Climate Change
Centre for Climate Change Management
Office: 905.575.1212 Ext. 4366
Communications Director – Mohawk College
Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.