Durham College named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

Durham College (DC) is pleased to announce that it has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. Awarded as part of the 2017 editorial competition that is organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, this special designation recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness within their organizations.

Winning employers are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Unique environmental initiatives or programs they have developed.
  • Whether they have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint.
  • Whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills.
  • Whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity to attract new people to the organization.

DC’s Living Green initiative and participation as an early signatory to the Pan Canadian Protocol for Sustainability were among the reasons for inclusion on this year’s list, joining 69 other businesses and institutions from across the country.

Also noted were the green features found throughout the college’s building footprint. Living Green, working with the experts in the Facilities & Ancillary department, have made a number of sustainable changes to DC’s structures and spaces. These include adding a 350-panel photovoltaic rooftop solar array, installing a geothermal heating and cooling system and utilizing a centralized building automation system that monitors multiple campus buildings.

“We are very proud to receive this designation as one of Canada’s greenest employers,” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “As a college, we not only believe in fostering environmentally sustainable practices but also an eco-conscious mindset among students, employees and partners. We feel responsibility for social, environmental and economic stewardship should be shared and have worked incredibly hard to ensure sustainability guides our decisions and practices. We do this for the betterment of everyone on campus, present and future, and well beyond and this award signals we are on the right track.”

About Living Green DC

In 2012, DC launched a new campus environmental initiative under the “Living Green” banner. With oversight from the college’s Sustainability Committee, Living Green seeks to enhance the environmental sustainability of campus operations, planning, administration, curriculum, research, innovation and stakeholder engagement. Acting as environmental champions, students can volunteer as part of the Green Team. The college also employs a full-time sustainability coordinator to help foster a culture of sustainability, establishing guiding principles for campus activities and day-to-day operations.

For more information on DC’s sustainable initiatives please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/livinggreen.