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Earth Month

Join us in creating sustainable change

Throughout the month of April we are highlighting how our diverse community of changemakers are working together to create a better future by addressing complex challenges which matter most, such as sustainability — one of our core values. 

Join us to celebrate Earth Week (April 21 - April 28) and Earth Day (April 22).

York climbs in QS Sustainability Rankings

York University continues to strengthen its momentum as a global leader in sustainability, climbing more than 100 spots in the latest QS Sustainability Rankings – which evaluate the social, environmental and governance impact of global institutions – to rank 118th out of over 1,400 universities.

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Canada's Top 100 Greenest Employers

York University's outstanding progress in sustainability earns it the distinction of being one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the 11th consecutive year.

Top 40 in the World

York University is among the top 40 institutions for global leadership on advancing the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, according to 2023’s Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

York students, faculty and staff have undertaken a university-wide challenge to elevate York’s contributions to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Office of Sustainability

York University has long been recognized as an international leader in sustainability-relevant research, teaching, partnerships, and campus practices. By challenging ourselves to deepen this work, and to track and report on our contributions, we reaffirm our longstanding York values of social justice, equity, sustainability, and excellence in all that we do.

The One WATER Institute

One WATER is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to furthering research on water-related issue and finding strategic, integrated solutions to water challenges faced by communities in Canada and around the world.

Learn more about York's contributions to UN World Water Day 2024.

Community of Changemakers

Why is sustainability important?

We asked volunteers, from students to staff, about the importance of sustainability within our everyday lives.

#ExperienceYU: YU Eats

YU Eats at York University is a dynamic and inclusive dining program that engages the entire community, while prioritizing quality, wellness, sustainability, authenticity, and affordability.

What Are You Doing to Be More Sustainable?

From preventing the use of single-use plastics to taking transit, the York community is creating positive change towards a more sustainable world.

Earth Month Events

York Community Tree Planting

The York community is invited to participate in tree planting events at the Keele Campus (April 30) and Glendon Campus (May 2) to help create a greener campus, restoring ecosystems to help mitigate climate change. The event has physical and mental well-being benefits and is a perfect way to de-stress.

Microlecture Series in Sustainable Living Challenge

During the month of April, we challenge you to complete the Microlecture Series in Sustainable Living! The series is an innovative and interdisciplinary open access program that gives participants the opportunity to learn from six of York’s world-renowned academic experts on a diverse range of topics related to sustainability. 

Complete the digital badge here.

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York Campus Cleanup

Join York University's Sustainability team for campus clean-ups to reduce land and water pollution, protect biodiversity and beautify our campuses. The events will take place on April 22 (Earth Day) at the Keele Campus and on April 18 at the Glendon Campus.