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 Strategic Plan

To ensure a cohesive and structured approach to sustainability our overarching plan, focused on campus operations, provides key recommendations and objectives for embedding sustainability across the campus.

Sustainability Strategy Update

Energy Master Plan

The Energy Master Plan, supports the wider Sustainability Strategic Plan, and provides an update on our progress in addition to outlining our goals and objectives. Focused on carbon reduction the plan looks to manage, conserve and reduce energy consumption.


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 and 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.


Transportation Plan

Carleton is currently developing a multi-year transportation strategy for the campus. This strategy will take into account all modes of transportation and how members of the community move around our campus.


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.


Sustainability Annual ReportĀ 

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

Sustainability Annual Report 2018-19

External Benchmarking

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


In 2017 Carleton achieved a Silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), an in depth program for higher eduction administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

STARS is a self reporting program to report a broad range of sustainability initiates and activities and benchmark performance against a set of common measures. Categories include: Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning and Administration and Innovation.


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 33/719 and 2nd in Canada for our efforts.