York University
York University employees participated in a fundraising campaign kickoff event  

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why York University was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • York University manages a formal "ZeroWaste" program that captures household recyclables, batteries, e-waste, appliances, ink cartridges and more, diverting 70 per cent of waste from the landfill -- through this program, the university introduced a formal green cleaning program back in 2009 that has become a recognized benchmark for institutional cleaning
  • York University manages a unique Eco-Campus in Costa Rica (established in 2016) that operates as a local, national and international school dedicated to education and research on neotropical conservation, eco-health, community well-being and sustainable livelihoods for neighbouring communities -- the unique campus is located next to the 400-acre Las Nubes Forest Reserve that is part of one of the largest rainforest ecosystems in Central America
  • York University has adopted a range of environmental principles that encourage design efficiency, broader use of daylighting, water efficiency, energy conservation and performance, reduction in emissions, materials and resources, green construction practices, indoor environmental quality and site re-naturalization
Nicole Arsenault, program director of sustainability at York University, at the campus' York University subway station, which provides better access to campus  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,897
Part-time employees in Canada 5,470
Employee green team President's Sustainability Council (with representation from students, faculty and employees), sustainability champions
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice-President Finance and Administration
Formal strategy/policy name York University Policy on Sustainability (est. 2011), sustainability strategy (launched in 2017)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Maloca Community Garden (over 2,000 square foot garden on the main campus), water refill stations throughout the campus (phased out sale of disposable water bottles in 2015), focus on sustainable food sourcing (over 30% of food services purchases are local, sustainable certified, or Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance-certified), President's Sustainability Leadership Awards (recognize staff, students and faculty contributing to sustainability measures)
Noteworthy initiatives offers over 500 courses across various faculties related to sustainability and the environment
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, formal planning and renovation group oversee a commitment to green building, with numerous campus buildings having green roofs and rainwater recapture systems, new buildings constructed to meet LEED Gold certification, solar-powered electric vehicle charging station, LED lighting retrofits (indoor and outdoor), water-saving fixtures
Extended recycling formal ZeroWaste program (multi-faceted program diverting 70% of waste from the landfill), FreeStuff (residence exchange program for students looking to pass on unwanted items), battery recycling program, e-waste, appliances, ink cartridges
Commuter amenities dedicated parking for carpoolers, shuttle bus service between campuses, shower facilities, 3 bicycle repair stations on campus, Zipcar and Enterprise car-sharing programs, Smart Commute (sponsors annual Bike to York Day, carpool matching services), green fleet program (includes electric golf carts, bikes, hybrid and electric vehicles), recent connection (in 2017) to city's subway system, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships The Green Office Program (sustainability champions work to engage students and employees, hosting a range of activities including campus clean-up days, tree planting, Earth Hour and Earth Day events, and a range of outreach events), printing reduction strategies (includes paper sourcing and use of FSC-certified paper, double-sided printing and advocacy for use of electronic documents over print)

The Career Directory

York University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
York University employees take a selfie during a staff event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Front-line, Customer Service, Reception, Administrative (various), Technical, and other similar roles
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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