U of T named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2024

2024 Canada's Greenest EmployersFor the 11th year, the University of Toronto has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. This recognition is a testament to our long-standing commitment to operational sustainability and environmental stewardship that continues to grow in momentum.  

Over the past year, the University has taken many meaningful actions which also contributed to being named the “World’s Most Sustainable University in the 2024 QS World University Rankings. These rankings evaluate post-secondary institutions for their environmental impact, social impact, and governance. 

One of our biggest recent achievements was launching and securing financing for Project Leap – the first big step in the university’s Climate Positive Plan. Project Leap will cut on-campus scope 1 and 2 emissions by at least 50% by 2027 through a series of modernizations. In 2022, we also doubled our renewable energy generation two years ahead of schedule by installing 350 new solar panels on the roof of the Bahen Centre for Information Technology. 

Also on the St. George campus, Food Services hosted a plant-based cooking workshop for U of T chefs. The university has pledged to convert another 20 percent of its menus to plant-based options, and Food Services has partnered with MealCare, a student-run program that helps redirect surplus food to those in need. 

U of T Scarborough, meanwhile, is a proud member of the Environmental and Related Technologies Hub (EaRTH). EaRTH is a consortium of five leading colleges and universities from the eastern Greater Toronto Area (GTA) committed to providing sector-focused research and comprehensive education to develop innovative, technology-driven solutions that fuel sustainable, resilient communities locally, nationally, and globally. 

U of T Mississauga is also moving ahead with its low carbon action strategy and has completed a campus-wide building energy audit. As a result, 240 energy conservation efforts were suggested for implementation over the next several years in order to meet their 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.  

Elsewhere, to offset the effects of work-related travel, the University launched a tri-campus air travel emissions mitigation initiative. Fees collected from all unavoidable university-funded air travel now fund university-based offset and mitigation projects. The university ensures that emission reductions from these  projects are accurately verified, calculated, and reported. 

The university is thrilled to be recognized among the illustrious group known as Canada’s Greenest Employers. We will continue working to cultivate a culture of environmental awareness, empower employees to develop and apply unique skills, and model best practices to help meet institutional and regional sustainability goals.