Environmental Design

Our Environmental Design Team works with  Planning and Sustainability colleagues to plan and develop the University's infrastructure  relative to the natural and human environment. This includes design and sustainability considerations for over 500 acres of green space and 96+ multi-use buildings used by approximately 60,000 students and employees. Explore the initiatives the Environmental Design Team has supported below.

Green Buildings

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

  • LEED Gold Certified

Kaneff Tower

Kaneff Tower, York University

  • LEED Silver certified

Life Sciences Building

LEED certified Life Sciences Building, York University

  • LEED Silver certified

Other Buildings

The following York buidlings meet LEED certification requirements related to sustainable sites, water effiiciency, energy, materials/resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation:

  • Lassonde Building

Lassonde Building, York University

  • Pond Road Residence

Pond Road Residence, York University

  • Seymour Schulich Building

Seymour Schulich Building, York University

  • Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL)

Technology Enhanced Learning Building, York University

  • Sherman Health Sciences and Research Centre

Sherman Health Sciences Research Centre, York University

  • Ignat Kaneff Building

Ignat Kaneff Building, York University

Commemorative Tree Program

The York University Commemorative Tree Program offers members of the University community the opportunity to commemorate individuals or an event by dedicating a tree or trees at the Keele or Glendon campuses.

Typically, a young tree is planted as part of the ceremony of tree dedication. A donation is required to pay for a tree and have it installed. The choice of tree and where it is installed is determined in consultation with the Campus Planner. A plaque is used to identify the type of tree and the reason for its dedication. A record of the dedication is entered into the Book of Remembrance housed in the Honour Court.

Alternatively, an existing tree may be dedicated.

If you would like to dedicate a tree at York University, please contact Abbey Black, Donor Relations Coordinator, at 416-650-8432 or email at abblack@yorku.ca.

Green Space

The Environmental Design Team ensures that infrastructure initiatives do not impact the natural and green spaces on our campuses.

  • Curtis Green
  • The Arboretum Grounds
  • South Library Lane Lawn
  • Stong Pond
  • Founders Lawn
  • Vanier Lawn
  • The Harry W. Arthurs Common
  • The Green
  • Student Services Lawn
  • Michael G. Boyer Woodlot
  • Danby Woodlot
  • Boynton Woodlot
  • Saywell Woods