As a distinguished research and teaching institution, Carleton University has a responsibility to lead and act decisively in addressing the challenges arising from climate change and in developing solutions and showcasing the opportunities that this presents for the campus community. Our vision is to be a leading Canadian university that shapes and strengthens sustainability in society and contributes to the well-being of the community in which it operates.

Today, sustainability is ever more emphasized by the concept’s simultaneous economic, environmental, and social dimensions. For example, businesses talk about the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profits and likewise, sustainability educators commonly refer to the Three E’s of sustainability: economy, ecology, and equity. In 2015, the United Nations published ‘Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”. The publication outlines 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, and seeks to build on previous efforts by outlining a 15-year agenda that balances “the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental”.

Below are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that are relevant here at Carleton University, in accordance with our sustainability plan. Click on each SDG to learn more about how Carleton University is addressing each goal!