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Media Release: Mohawk Named One of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the 3rd year in a row

HAMILTON, ONTARIO - Mohawk College has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the third year in a row by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Mohawk is one of three colleges in Canada to make the 2016 list, and one of two colleges in Ontario. A complete list of this year’s winners is available on Canada’s Top 100 website.


“Mohawk is committed to becoming a leader in environmental sustainability. Environmental sustainability is one of the priorities in our strategic plan. We’re proud of the positive changes we’ve made to our campuses and in the way we’re building sustainability into our culture.”
Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie
“At Mohawk we are committed to reducing Mohawk’s impact on the environment. Over the past five years we’ve developed strong partnership with our students, faculty and community. These partnerships have led to the creation of many very successful programs focused on encouraging the college community to live more sustainably.”
Alan Griffiths, Manager Sustainability

Fast Facts:

  • Canada’s Greenest Employers competition is now in its 10th year. Winners are considered to be national leaders in creating a culture of environmental awareness.
  • This year’s competition recognized 65 Canadian employers.
  • Mohawk is the only Hamilton employer on this year’s list.
  • Among other priorities, Mohawk’s new five-year Strategic Plan commits the college to reducing or eliminating observable, wasteful energy consumption on campus and to ensuring students leave Mohawk with a solid understanding of environmental sustainability and skills they can apply in the workplace.
  • Mohawk’s first Environmental Management Plan committed to a 20 per cent carbon reduction target below the 2007 baseline by the year 2020. Mohawk exceeded this target reaching a 24 per cent reduction by the end of 2012 and set a new target of a 30 per cent reduction by 2020.
  • 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.
  • Mohawk has also been recognized for its efforts to build a more sustainable campus. Its 64,000 square foot David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre achieved LEED Gold certification in 2015, becoming the second building on campus to obtain the sought-after certification.


For more information, contact:

Jay Robb, Director of Communications, 905.979.8893, jay.robb@mohawkcollege.ca

About Mohawk

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.