09:15 AM

Mohawk in Greenest Employers list for 6th consecutive year

For the sixth consecutive year, Mohawk College has been selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Mohawk is one of four Canadian colleges named to the 2019 list, and one of three colleges in Ontario. Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition recognizing 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 has been running since 2006.

“We are grateful Mohawk College’s ongoing commitment to sustainability has been recognized again this year. We continue to work to reduce our environmental impact as an institution and employer, while raising awareness about positive climate actions among students, employees and the greater community. Our goal is to continue to reduce Mohawk’s environmental impact, while developing tomorrow’s sustainability leaders.”

         - Kate Flynn, Acting Director for the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College, and the manager responsible for campus sustainability

Some reasons given for Mohawk’s selection to the list for 2019:

  • Mohawk's Sustainability Office partners with City School by Mohawk and Mission Services of Hamilton to offer a 10-week after-school program that teaches students gardening, environmental science and entrepreneurship skills – students learn to grow their own seedlings and sell them at an annual seedling sale on campus
  • Mohawk has taken impressive steps to ensure greater use of alternative transit, offering discounted transit passes for students, a free-to-use bicycle loan program managed by the Sustainability Office, support for carpoolers (allowing up to four employees to share one parking pass), and shared-use Zip Cars available on the campus
  • In addition to adopting LEED building standards for new construction, Mohawk College boasts a number of creative features across the campus, from community gardens and a rooftop pollinator garden, to water bottle filling stations to accompany a disposable water bottle ban, and a unique "Waste Management Zone" in one cafeteria, which features recycling stations and a proper place to wash reusable mugs, containers and cutlery -- the college is also home to Canada's largest net zero institutional building, the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation