At Carleton University, we believe that sustainability means to live, learn and grow within our campus community in a manner that protects and strengthens our physical and social environments such that the students, staff and faculty of future generations can continue to develop and enjoy our campus community.
Sustainability performance updates (2017/18 KPI):
DOWN: 2.6 Million kWh
2,004 Metric tonnes saved
REDUCTION: 25,000 m³
Are you looking for support for a great sustainability initiative? Do you have an idea of something Carleton University should be doing to reduce our footprint? Contact the Manager, Sustainability Programs, Philip Mansfield.
Carleton Sustainability News
Friday, September 13, 2019
Commute Ontario has launched! Carleton University has teamed up with Commute Ontario to offer faculty, staff and students with commuting programs that focus on healthy, active and sustainable transportation modes (i.e. walking, cycling, carpooling & taking transit). In addition, campaigns are offered throughout the year through which faculty,...
Monday, May 6, 2019
Bike to Work Month – May 2019
Bike to Work Month May is Bike to work month in the capital and the Carleton community is being asked to think about if they could commute to work by bike. To enable this we are hosting two events; a free commuter cycling workshop (May 16th) and free bike tune-ups (May 22nd). All month...
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Earth Hour 2018
Earth Hour 2018 Saturday, March 24th 8.30-9.30 For one hour, on Saturday March 24th, the Carleton Community is being asked to turn the lights out. This is part of a global statement of concern over climate change and a commitment to finding solutions to environmental issues. While we can all individually contribute by turning...
Friday, January 5, 2018
Campus Lighting Renewal Project Update
The $1.6 million project to replace all existing exterior lights and lighting in the tunnel system with more efficient and brighter LED lights is continuing. During the week of Jan. 8, crews will be completing work in the Robertson Hall parking garage (P9), around the residence precinct and replacing the street lighting from Richcraft...
Friday, October 13, 2017
Carleton welcomes VeloGO bike share to campus.
Carleton Sustainability has partnered with VeloGO Bike Share to bring to the Carleton community a healthy, fun and affordable way to get around our campus and the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The pilot program which has seen the introduction of VeloGO bikes and bike hubs across campus, is available to all students, faculty and staff. You...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Eco Reps tour WM waste facilities
Carleton's Eco Reps recently made their way out to the West Carleton Waste Management Environmental Centre. This location, once a busy open landfill site, is now a closed landfill site that currently accepts waste from Ottawa before heading south to a Moose Creek landfill. The site is also used as a waste transfer site,...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Eco Reps recognized for their green workplaces
Eco Reps at Carleton have been busy working towards achieving green workplace certification and implementing actions towards improving sustainability on campus. The Green Workplace Certification is designed to educate and encourage members of the Carleton community to adopt sustainable practices in their workplaces. Eco Reps have been sharing best...
Monday, March 14, 2016
New recycling options for Carleton
As part of our ongoing commitment to waste reduction, Carleton has partnered with Electrobac to provide the community with small electronic waste and ink cartridge recycling options on campus. These waste bins are located at: Athletics Centre – opposite Tim Hortons University Centre – adjacent to entrance to Roosters Residence Commons –...
Monday, March 14, 2016
Earth Hour 2016
Switch off for Earth Hour Carleton University is once again taking the Earth Hour challenge. Organized by WWF, Earth Hour is the largest symbolic mass event around the world, and involves simply turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016. We are asking for your support in...
Monday, March 7, 2016
Fair Trade Campus program
In 2016, Carleton University hopes to gain Fair Trade Campus designation to showcase our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. This designation is granted to Colleges and Universities that prioritize the availability and visibility of Fair Trade products, and promote and embody Fair Trade values with their initiatives,...
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Ontario Universities Committed to Going Greener
Carleton University is recognized within the 6th annual Going Greener report. The report highlights the impressive work being undertaken by Ontario universities to build greener communities. From bans on the sale of bottled water to organic campus farms and bike repair stations, Ontario universities are proving their strong commitment to shrinking...
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Bike Share program comes to Carleton
Sustainability at Carleton University is pleased to welcome onto the campus, the bike share program Right Bike. This program allows members and visitors of the Carleton community to borrow a bike from Carleton and travel within the city and return either on campus or at one of 17 locations in Ottawa. Three standard bikes...
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Clean Up the Campus
Thank you to all members of the Carleton community who took part in this year's Clean Up the Campus initiative, and worked together to beautify the campus in honour of Earth Day. On April 28, Healthy Workplace and the Sustainability Office invited staff and faculty to join forces to clean up the trash that had been...
Monday, April 20, 2015
Carleton celebrates Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day Share this poster in your workplace! Carleton_2015 Earth Day_8x11 Carleton_2015 Earth Day_11x17 Every year on April 22, Earth Day, we remind ourselves of the environmental challenges facing our planet and come together to reduce our impact on the planet and care for our environment and community. This Earth Day let's commit...
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Carleton signs up to reduce electricity
Campus Conservation Nationals is the largest conservation competition for colleges and universities in the world! This friendly and engaging competition measures the percent reduction of electricity usage in the residence buildings on campuses. Last year, the competition saved over 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 1.5 million gallons of...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Pre Holiday Checklist
With the holidays right around the corner, it is easy to forget that we call need a break. That includes your office or workplace, so before we all leave for the holidays complete an energy 'power down' review: You reduce the environmental impact of your workplace while you are way through simeple actions such...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Buy Local and Sustainable
We can all reduce our environmental footprint through our day to day purchasing, such as looking for sustainable options with less packaging, reduced air miles and a better ecological footprint. At Carleton, Dining Services conducted an audit of their purchases and 26% of all food and packaging (disposable cutlery, napkins etc) are from...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Energy Awareness – Lighting
Better energy efficiency may well be the most rapid way to reduce CO2 emissions. In the workplace one of the easiest options for energy efficiency is lighting. You can reduce the amount of energy to light your workplace by: Switch off lights in empty rooms. It is a popular myth that it is cheaper...
Monday, August 11, 2014
Carleton Gets First “Green” Maintenance Vehicle
Carleton University’s campus just got a little greener—not because of the summertime grass but thanks to a new vehicle being used to take care of it. The university has purchased its first outdoor electric maintenance vehicle, made possible with money from the Green Revolving Fund. This small, pickup truck-style vehicle, which is used mainly...
Friday, August 8, 2014
Double sided printing
The easiest way to reduce paper usage is using double-sided printing. This can halve your paper consumption overnight. Double sided printing can be setup as a default setting on the printer or can be changed per printing job dependant on need. Other ideas to save paper include: Reminding staff to not print our unnecessary...
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Bring a litterless lunch
Lunch is a great time of day. It offers us the chance to slow down from the morning and fuel up for the afternoon with something yummy. While you enjoy your lunch consider too the impact you may be having on our environment and think about bringing in a 'litterless lunch.' A littlerless lunch...
Friday, July 4, 2014
Carleton publishes Energy Master Plan
In June 2014, as part of both our Sustainability Strategic Plan commitments and the Energy Conservation Regulations (Reg 397/11), Carleton published its Energy Master Plan. The plan outlines our goals and objectives for managing, conserving and reducing energy consumption, alongisde costs and estimated savings for proposed...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Energy Awareness – Photocopier
Power management features are important for saving energy and are an easy way to reduce carbon emissions through unnecessary use of electricity. Energy efficient Energy Star compliant photocopiers provide a significant step towards reducing the environmental impact of office photocopiers. Such machines come standard with an “energy saving”...
Monday, May 12, 2014
Green your Commute
By exploring new options for your daily commute, you can reduce your personal carbon footprint and make Carleton a more sustainable and healthier campus. This May is also Bike to Work Month Ottawa, and whether you’re a new or experienced cyclist, sign up to pledge to bike to work for the chance to win $6000 worth of prizes donated by...
Monday, May 12, 2014
Carleton becomes a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Carleton University is now a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE is an organization of colleges and universities that are working to advance sustainability in higher education. You can see our University’s name on AASHE’s list of campus members. There are a number of...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Carleton University Partners with UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Carleton University has been made a partner of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the first Canadian university and among the first universities worldwide to join. Read...
Monday, April 7, 2014
Clean up the Campus
The Carleton community is once again taking part in the Clean Up the Campus initiative, and this year we will be working together to beautify the campus in honour of Earth Day. On April 22, Healthy Workplace and the Sustainability Office invite you to join friends and colleagues in order to clean up the...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Help Reduce Disposable Cup Waste
As a member of the Carleton University community, there is much that you can do to contribute to and enhance Carleton’s Sustainability programs. One way is to reduce your use of disposable cups. Did you know the average office worker uses 500 disposable cups a year? Here are 5 easy ways that you can...
Friday, February 28, 2014
Become Energy Smart
Below are four easy tips to help you become energy smart. Tip #1: Switch off your lighting. Did you know lighting can make up to 44 percent of an office’s annual electricity use? You can reduce the amount of energy to light both your home and office by: Install energy-efficient light bulbs. A variety of...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Carleton Releases Energy Plan and Provides Updates on Sustainability Strategy
Carleton University released its comprehensive Energy Master Plan today, part of an ambitious sustainability strategy that reduces current energy and water consumption and will ensure the highest possible conservation levels are maintained as the campus expands. Carleton also provided an update on the conclusion of its first in-depth building...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Green Globes and Carleton University
Carleton University has committed to ensuring that all new construction and major renovations are assessed against the Green Globes Rating system and will achieve at minimum a rating of 3 out of 5. What is Green Globes? The Green Globes system is an internationally recognized, third party, certification and building environmental design and...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sustainability at Carleton [INFOGRAPHIC]
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...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
FMP Share Collaborative Initiatives at Carleton’s Third Annual Quality Showcase
On November 14, academic and professional service areas came together to share and learn about the collaborations behind a number of successful initiatives happening on campus. There were 13 posters on display at the third annual Quality Showcase, two of which showcased Facilities and Management Planning's initiatives and the collaborations...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
In general, the transportation sector is a major contributor to greenhouse gas production. However, Carleton University has a relatively small fleet of vehicles of which the majority is already electric thus considerably reducing emissions. While not included in the first carbon audit done in 2009, emissions associated with travel to and from...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Creating a Greener Campus
At Carleton sustainability is central to our institutional values and mission. It is embedded in our Strategic Integrated Plan and in our Campus Master Plan. In April 2013, the Strategic Plan for Embedding Sustainability into Carleton University Operations was approved - representing one of the most ambitious action plans in Canada to...