Across Carleton, our faculty members are teaching and studying sustainability through courses, programs and research projects. As a community we are committed to taking steps in order to ensure all our students gain the knowledge and understanding to become sustainable global citizens.


  • Review and profile our sustainability-focused and sustainability-related curriculum activity.
  • Promote a range of undergraduate sustainability-related courses and programs.
  • Promote a range of postgraduate sustainability-related courses and programs.
  • Continue to encourage curriculum innovation by facilitating collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Ensure programs are informed and aligned to pathways outlined by relevant accreditation boards

Listed below are examples of sustainability courses and programs here at Carleton University!

Introduction to Sustainable Energy (SREE 1000)

In this course, students will examine the concept of sustainable energy. Energy-economy system. Global energy trends, the next 100 years. Energy reserves and resources. Primary and secondary clean energy. Energy use, efficiency, and renewables. Energy and the environment/climate change. Sustainable energy choices and policies. For more information, click here.


Sustainable and Renewable Energy Sources (SREE 3001)

In this course, students will explore primary energy sources and the pathways to use renewables: photovoltaic, solar-thermal, hydropower, geothermal, tidal. Fossil fuels and nuclear. Terrestial, thermodynamic and electrical limitations. Includes: Experiential Learning Activity. For more information, click here.


Energy and Sustainability (TSES 3002)

History of energy use by humans; utilization of renewable energy sources; energy and agriculture; energy and mineral resources; options for electricity generation; nuclear energy; risks of accidents in large systems, e.g. nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams. For more information, click here.


Business and Environmental Sustainability (BUSI 3119)

Examining concepts of environmental sustainability within the business context. Exploring the complex interdependency between organizations, society and the natural environment. For more information, click here.



Design and Sustainability (IDES 3107)

Explores the industrial designer’s role in creating more environmentally and socially responsible products. Addresses imperatives and drivers for integrating sustainability into products. Includes: sustainable design strategies, strategies and tools, sustainable design business case, circular economy model for designed products, and case studies. For more information, click here.



Implementing Sustainable Development in Industrialized Countries (PADM 5617)

Genesis and evolution of the idea of sustainable development and the ways in which it is influencing public policy and public sector structures and processes. Canada’s performance in implementing sustainable development will be assessed in comparison with other industrialized countries. For more information, click here.


Urban Sustainability (PADM 5619)

Impact of economic growth and social change on cities and their attempts to forge sustainable growth. Incorporating political and fiscal issues, the focus is on ‘smart growth’ policies and initiatives in areas such as environmental control, transport, land use, housing and infrastructure. For more information, click here.


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Masters in Sustainable Energy

The MA Sustainable Energy strengthens your background in the technical and political dimensions of energy problems and decision-making. Following an interdisciplinary approach, you will examine the engineering considerations, the economic implications and the policy instruments that affect the public and private choices around sustainable energy. By becoming conversant in these domains, you will be able to interpret and respond to energy issues holistically and to communicate effectively across disciplinary boundaries. For more information, click here.

Conservation and Sustainability B.A.S. Honours

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies – Conservation & Sustainability program offers a specialization unique among all undergraduate architecture programs in Canada. Since 2009, this stream has focused on the conservation of historic architecture, paired with a study in the principles of sustainable design. For more information, click here.

Geography and Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies program at Carleton University prepares students to be informed, skilled individuals who can participate effectively in the resolution of environmental problems and in the larger environmental debates critical to our future. The program is interdisciplinary and flexible, so that students can focus on the conservation of natural systems, natural resource management, environmental organizations and institutions, sustainable economies, environmental education and activism, or research. For more information, click here.

Environmental Science

The Environmental Science program brings together the study of biology, chemistry, earth sciences and geography to enable its graduates to address complex and multidisciplinary environmental and conservation problems. Through lecture and seminar courses, hands-on laboratory work and field camps, students become proficient in topics such as water resource management, fish and wildlife ecology, ecological restoration, sustainable resource extraction, environmental monitoring, and environmental policy. For more information, click here.

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