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.


Carleton provides a number of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that address environmental, social and economic issues related to sustainability. A full list of all courses at the undergraduate and graduate level are listed below.

Featured Courses

Energy Efficiency Policy

With growth in energy efficiency policy jobs seeming inevitable, Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs launched PADM 5572, a graduate-level course that is one of only a few in Canada that specialize in the subject of Energy Efficiency. LEARN MORE

Energy and Form

Energy as a criterion in decision-making for architectural design. Conventional energy resources and state-of-the-art alternative energy resource systems with respect to building shape, size, materials, openings, orientation, siting, and use. (Elective Course). LEARN MORE

Environmental Impacts of Major Projects

Regulatory framework and impact assessment requirements for project approvals, survey of the components of the EIA process and methodology, the review process, public participation in environmental decision-making, preparation of the EIA document, case studies of major engineering projects. LEARN MORE

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Degree Programs

Carleton offers a number of sustainability-related undergraduate and graduate programs. From Environmental Studies to Architectural Studies take time to explore the broad options available at Carleton and ensure sustainability is central to your learning experience.

Featured Degrees

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. LEARN MORE

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. LEARN MORE

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. LEARN MORE

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. LEARN MORE

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