Energy and Emissions

The energy use and carbon emissions generated by the university are significant. However, the university has set ambitious targets for reducing its environmental impact, and in 2018, it achieved a 35% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the 2009 baseline. You can also contribute to Carleton’s efforts to meet its sustainability targets by taking simple actions, such as turning off lights when leaving a room. LEARN MORE

Sustainable Buildings

Carleton University has made a commitment to ensuring that all new construction and major renovations meet a minimum rating of 3 out of 5 globes on the Green Globes Rating system, which evaluates the environmental performance of buildings. To date, 11 buildings on campus have been certified to this standard. LEARN MORE


Carleton University recognizes the importance of preserving and enhancing the natural areas and green spaces that it owns, manages, or influences. We aim to promote biodiversity, support healthy ecosystems, and build resilience to future climate change impacts. LEARN MORE


In 2018, Carleton University achieved a 19% reduction in water consumption compared to the previous five years. While it may be difficult to significantly reduce water use on an individual level on campus, there are still simple actions that you can take to conserve water, such as boiling only the necessary amount of water and promptly reporting any leaks or drips you encounter. LEARN MORE


Did you know that 24% of purchases made through Carleton University’s Dining Services are sourced locally, produced humanely, or environmentally sustainable? As a consumer, you can contribute to promoting sustainability by making informed choices when purchasing goods and services. This includes selecting products with environmental credentials, such as sustainable sourcing certifications or low-carbon footprint. LEARN MORE

Waste and Recycling

Carleton University remains committed to achieving a zero-waste campus, and every individual can play a part in reducing waste production and increasing recycling rates. One easy way to contribute is by ensuring that all waste is properly sorted and disposed of in the correct bin. This helps to minimize contamination and promote higher diversion rates. LEARN MORE

Transportation and Travel

Did you know that 61% of Carleton University’s community uses public transportation to get to campus? This is the highest percentage of any college or university in the National Capital Region. Choosing sustainable transportation options, such as public transit, walking, or cycling, can be both convenient and cost-effective. LEARN MORE

Food and Dining

We are constantly striving to offer food options that take into account the environmental and social impacts of our choices. Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond just the food we serve; we are also dedicated to minimizing waste in all forms and embracing the farm-to-fork approach. By considering the full lifecycle of our food choices, we can ensure that every plate we serve reflects our commitment to environmental and social stewardship. LEARN MORE

Awards and Partnerships

Carleton University is a national leader in higher education sustainability and has been recognized both locally and globally for its efforts, including its ranking in the Top 50 globally in the UI Green Metric and a Gold rating from AASHE STARS. LEARN MORE

Sustainability Data Dashboard

The links above lead to pages with information on campus sustainability resources, highlighted efforts at Carleton, and other relevant information, as well as data showcasing Carleton’s performance. If you prefer to browse the data in these categories without additional information, you can go directly to our Data Dashboard. LEARN MORE