COU releases report on campus sustainability initiatives

August 13, 2014

Ontario’s university campuses are taking great strides toward sustainability thanks to a wide variety of green programs and funding, according to the Council of Ontario Universities’ annual Going Green Report. 22 Ontario universities now conduct waste audits, and 21 have adopted green cleaning programs. Many institutions are also encouraging students, faculty, and staff to opt for green transportation as well; 14 universities offer bike-sharing programs and 9 have created on-campus bike lanes. 14 campuses generate their own renewable energy, and 18 have implemented green building standards. The report also highlights specific initiatives at some institutions, such as the creation of green revolving funds—funds that invest in sustainability projects that produce cost savings through conservation—at Carleton University and the University of Toronto, as well as various student engagement strategies. COU News Release | Going Green Report