Queen's University

​Green Campus

Queen's large and unique pool of talented researchers, students, and staff are engaged in a diverse set of sustainability-related activities. What follows are only some of the major environmentally-minded initiatives spearheaded by various groups in the Queen's community.

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Queen's Sustainability Office

Queen's Sustainability Office advances the university's green initiatives, identifies and implements new opportunities for working closely with the Queen's community on such initiatives, and creates a greater degree of awareness about environmental issues within the university.

Climate Action Plan

In 2010, Principal Woolf signed the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada. This pledge commits the university to engaging in several activities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhancing research and curriculum in the areas of climate change and sustainability. It also requires developing a comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP).

Since January 2012, Queen's has been working in partnership with the consulting firm Delphi Group to develop a CAP for Queen's. Our CAP will include a summary of the current campus greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory; GHG emission projections; operations climate action goals and strategies to reduce emissions; and mechanisms to track progress on goals and actions.

A 22-member internal advisory committee has also been established to collaboratively work on the evaluation, planning, development, and implementation of the plan.

Climate Coalition

In February 2019, Queen’s joined the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), a group of 19 leading North American research institutions united in a collaborative effort to accelerate local action against climate change. Learn more about the UC3...

Food Sustainability

Queen’s is ranked third among Ontario universities for serving locally-grown foods on campus according to the 2018 Ontario Campus Food Report Card.  In 2017, Queen’s Hospitality Services purchased over $1.2 million worth of local products, including a variety of in-season produce from over 27 Ontario farms. During the 2017/18 school year, a total of 1 million free-range eggs and 75,000 pounds of potatoes were served.

Student Initiatives

Queen's students are responsible for many of the environmental projects and practices on campus and around the world, such as:

  • Earth Centre: The Earth Centre offers students, faculty, and community members an opportunity to transform their environmental concern into positive action through green consumerism and innovative discussion.

  • Greenovations: A student-run AMS service that provides free energy retrofits to student housing.

  • Queen's Project on International Development (QPID): A student-run organization — operating out of the Queen's Engineering Society since 1990 — that hosts a variety of initiatives on campus, in Kingston, in Canada, and internationally, including community development projects in Guyana, Ghana, Nunavut, Bolivia, Peru, India, and Nicaragua.

  • The Tea Room: 100% consumer-waste free since 2011, meaning all of the products customers use can be recycled or composted.

Campus Practices

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Queen's Sustainability Office has more information on how Queen's manages issues around air quality, water use, lighting and energy consumption, waste diversion, and new construction.

Sustainability Map

Created by the Sustainability Office, the Sustainability Map shows the locations for battery recycling, composting, green roofs, bike racks, and other environmental services and infrastructure. More information…