Carleton University has a strong commitment to embedding continuous environmental and sustainable improvement into our operations. We continue to seek new and innovative ways to demonstrate our sustainability leadership in research, teaching, learning, and operations. This commitment allows us to reduce our collective impact while ensuring that both existing and future generations of students, staff, and faculty continue to enjoy our unique campus.

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  • Since 2005, Carleton has reduced greenhouse gas carbon emissions by 35 per cent and energy use intensity by 21 per cent.
  • Carleton achieved “Gold” in its latest STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Ranking System) assessment in 2022 and was also recognized as a Sustainable Campus Index Top Performer by AASHE.
  • The Carleton Building Performance Research Centre advances the state-of-the-art building and community design and operations while improving comfort and usability. The Centre has over 40 graduate students and community/industry partners.
  • Carleton ranked 49th internationally and second in Canada among over 900 universities in the UI Green Metrics international ranking system for sustainability in 2022.
  • As of 2022, Carleton has updated its responsible investment policies to include a commitment to not hold any direct fossil fuel investments in its Endowment and Non-Endowed Operating Funds, as well as a strategy to achieve significant decarbonization of these portfolios by 2030.
  • Carleton is also a signatory of Investing to Address Climate Change: A Charter for Canadian Universities.

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