Carleton’s sustainability commitment is embedded across teaching and learning, research and operations. Our key strategic plans and policies provide us with a framework to deliver and program our work. In addition our reporting allows for ongoing opportunities to share successes, benchmark progress and showcase best practice.

Sustainability Related Plans

Sustainability Plan – Strive for Sustainability

Carleton’s new Sustainability Plan, ‘Strive for Sustainability’ is a comprehensive sustainability plan for 2020-25. The plan, developed with the Carleton community, establishes key themes, goals and strategic actions that will guide us in our efforts to become a leader in addressing sustainability challenges and meeting the goals of our Strategic Integrated Plan. Learn more about our plan here.

Energy Master Plan 2021-26

The updated Energy Master Plan 2021-26, supports the wider Sustainability Strategic Plan, and provides an update on our progress in addition to outlining our goals and objectives towards a carbon neutral campus. Focused on carbon reduction the plan looks to manage, conserve and reduce our energy consumption. Learn more about our plan here.

Campus Master Plan

Carleton University has evolved significantly since the adoption of the first campus master plan was launched in 2010, including the construction of Richcraft Hall, Canal Building, and the new Health Sciences building. The purpose of this plan is to set the parameters, policies and directions for the physical development of the campus. Learn More about our plan here.

Transportation Plan

Carleton University has developed a multi-year transportation strategy for the campus. This strategy takes into account all modes of transportation and how members of the community move around our campus. Learn more about our plan here.

Annual Reports

Going Greener 2018

The Council of Ontario Universities, Going Greener report, demonstrates how universities’ environmental sustainability initiatives support students, communities, the province and beyond. Learn more here.

Sustainability Annual Report 

The Sustainability Carleton Annual Report provides an update on key progress over the past 12 months, including key metrics and programs. learn more here.

External Benchmarking

Carleton’s sustainability programs are both recognized and benchmarked for best practice in third-party rating systems.


In 2022 Carleton achieved a Gold STARS rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), an in depth program for higher education administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of higher education institutions, from community colleges to research universities. Learn more about STARS here

Green Metric

Carleton university has participated in the UI Green Metric World University Rankings since 2016. The rankings, launched in 2010, provide a uniform program to review sustainability commitments, programs and progress at the university setting. In 2018 Carleton was ranked 39th internationally and 2nd in Canada for our efforts. Learn more about UI Green Metric here.