Sustainable operations have a long history at Carleton University, although for many years it was known by other names. For example, Carleton University has had a recycling program since the early 1990s and has collected organics for composting in Residence Commons since 1998. Carleton University implemented major energy conservation measures in the 1990s, including comprehensive lighting retrofits.

Below are some brief highlights of sustainability efforts at Carleton University. (Click to view larger image.)

Carleton Sustainability Infographic

Infographic Transcript

In 2011 – 2012, Carleton`s building area increased by 12.5% and:

  • electricity increased by .933%
  • gas use decreased by 5.26%
  • water use decreased by 22.2%

8 buildings have been externally assessed against Green Glob Rating, achieving on average a 4 star rating.

On campus there are 6 special waste depots.

In Dining Services:

  • 27% of food purchases are local (Ontario or within 400km), sustainable, or fairly traded
  • 100% Converting to Cage Free shell eggs across campus for January 2014
  • 100% fair trade coffee for purchase in retail in house areas

700 print cartridges recycled to date this year

35 kg of batteries recycled to date this year