Carleton University has a strong commitment to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability in the development and operations of both our built and natural environments. In line with Sustainable Development Goal 9, Carleton University is committed to devloping quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure on campus. We continue to look to find new and innovate ways to demonstrate our sustainability leadership within our sustainable buildings.


  • Develop, renovate and maintain buildings in ways that achieves best practice, innovation and cost-effective environmentally sustainable design.
  • Pursue external third-party certification for all new construction and major renovation projects, for example Green Globes.
  • Maximize the use of green space on campus and maintain university grounds in an environmentally sensitive way, having regard for the enhancement of local ecosystems, the use of native species and promoting the use of green spaces to grow food on campus.
  • Enhance conservation and biodiversity outcomes through the management of our campus and increase communications and engagement towards biodiversity efforts.
  • Ensure adequate prioritization for maintaining buildings and assets based on risk and life-cycle cost analysis

Carleton University has committed to ensuring that all new construction and major renovations achieve a minimum rating of 3 out of 5 globes with the Green Globes Rating system. To date, 8 buildings on campus have been rated. The case study for each building is outlined below:

Nicol Building - 4 Green Globes

Canal Building - 4 Green Globes

Health Sciences – 4 Green Globes

ARISE – 4 Green Globes

Russell-Grenville – 4 Green Globes

Richcraft Hall – 4 Green Globes

Full List of Green Globe Certified Buildings at Carleton University

The first major renovation to be assessed was the renovation of Russell-Grenville houses in the summer of 2010. As an example of the positive impact – there has been a 69 per cent drop in the water consumption in those two residences. Going forward, as more buildings are renovated and new buildings added, the overall impact of the built environment will continue to be reduced.

In 2009, Carleton University also conducted a pilot project with Green Globes to develop an Environmental Assessment tool for university campuses. The result was a detailed report for each of all the buildings at Carleton University, identifying such things as water consumption, energy usage, electricity usage, and waste management. The report also provided a list of recommendations for improvements that would result in a more sustainable operation.