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Mohawk among Canada’s Greenest Employers for seven straight years

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

Mohawk is one of three Canadian colleges named to the 2020 list, and one of only two colleges in Ontario. (Eight Canadian universities were included in the list this year.) 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 excited to be named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, now for the seventh year in a row. In a time of global uncertainty, companies are being asked to reaffirm their commitment to sustainability. Mohawk College is proud of our continued dedication and leadership in this space, and will continue to engage our students and staff in creating a more sustainable future.”

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

Some reasons provided for Mohawk’s selection to the list this year:

  • Mohawk College works in partnership with its City School by Mohawk and Mission Services of Hamilton in managing a unique 10-week program that teaches young children gardening, environmental science and entrepreneurship skills
  • Mohawk College has taken impressive steps to ensure greater use of alternative transit, offering discounted transit passes for students (covered in part by a unique sustainability initiatives fee, payable by all students), a bicycle loan program managed by the Sustainability Office (free use of bikes), support for carpoolers (allowing up to four employees to share one parking pass), and shared-use Zipcars available on 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, honeybee apiaries and pollinator gardens, 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

Canada’s Greenest Employers press release (here)