Carleton’s progress in driving improvements toward sustainability is also dependent on community engagement. We are increasingly asking our community to engage in collaborative action for sustainability to foster positive change. Here are some ideas for how you can realize this change.

Climate and Energy

Carleton fully acknowledges the environmental impact of our operations and will continue to work towards a future where both our operations and infrastructure embody and exemplify sustainability principles, best practices and innovation. MORE

Food and Dining

Carleton is committed to offering delicious and healthy meals that are mindful of the environmental and social impacts of our food choices. From farm to fork and beyond, the story behind each plate we serve is one of environmental and social stewardship. MORE

Take Action Tips - Purchasing


Ensuring sustainability is a key priority when making purchasing decisions is crucial to Carleton’s goal of developing the capacity for all departments and faculties to actively include sustainability in the procurement of goods. MORE


Getting to and from the Carleton campus is made easy through a variety of sustainable transportation options, including active transportation, public transit, and ride-sharing. By choosing options that reduce single-occupancy car travel, you can help to reduce the carbon footprint of our collective travel. MORE

Take Action Tips - Transportation
Take Action Tips - Waste


Carleton is making efforts to become a zero-waste institution, starting with prioritizing food and dining operations on campus. Our main food court and residence dining have already been certified as zero-waste operations, and we are continuing to work towards achieving zero waste in other areas of campus. MORE

Events and Meetings

Carleton hosts a large number of events, conferences, and meetings throughout the year. Sustainable best practices can be incorporated into event planning, from waste reduction to sustainable food options, travel to and from the event, and sustainable communication strategies. MORE

Take Action Tips - Events and Meetings
Take Action Tips - Water


Carleton has set a goal to minimize water consumption through conservation and efficiency measures. To date, we have prioritized washroom renovations and reducing water use from faucets and fixtures as part of our efficiency measures. MORE