Our goals in action
Research and innovation
Canada’s largest inland field station
For almost 70 years, students have collaborated with international researchers at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS), one of the premier scientific field stations in Canada. Teams conduct leading-edge research and participate in courses spanning ecology, evolution, conservation, geography, and environmental science. The station also recently installed the QUBS Live stream, an underwater camera that monitors aquatic ecosystems.
The QUBS Mandate focuses on providing opportunities for teaching and research in biology and related sciences. It also promotes using active stewardship and best management practices to conserve local terrestrial and aquatic environments, and biodiversity.
Tracking polar bears
Polar bears have seen their ecology markedly impacted by climate change. Queen’s researchers Stephen C. Lougheed, Peter Van Coeverden de Groot (Biology) and Graham Whitelaw (Environmental Studies) have received government funding to monitor the impacts of environmental change on these majestic creatures. Their project, BearWatch, combined cutting-edge genomics with Inuit traditional knowledge to develop a non-invasive biomarker toolkit and community-based monitoring program.
Consulting with Indigenous communities
Given Queen’s historical connection to Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories, the university is committed to strengthening connections with local Indigenous communities. Our Partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations are an essential asset in developing our Indigenous-focused academic programs, research, and policies at Queen’s.
Partnering with the City of Kingston to promote sustainability
We are honoured to partner with Sustainable Kingston, one of seven Green Economy Hubs in Ontario. The collaboration allows Queen’s to join a supportive network of local organizations that set and achieve sustainability goals on measuring, reducing, and setting targets on carbon footprints.
Celebrating sustainability in our community
Queen’s hosts a series of events in the Kingston community as part of its annual Sustainable Days. The events include workshops, tips, and inspiration for going green including sessions on sustainable cooking, at-home composting and more.
Urban planning beyond our borders
The School of Urban and Regional Planning collaborates with public and private organisations across Canada and the world to exchange ideas and develop ongoing research and training programs that aim to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving urban environment.
Across the ocean, into the forest
At our UK-based Bader International Study Centre (BISC), the Herstmonceux Castle Forest School offers programs for local community members where they can achieve and develop confidence through hands-on experiences in a woodland environment.
Administration and operations
Queen’s loves local food! We buy fresh produce from over 27 farms in Ontario and Quebec – more if you factor in eggs, dairy, and meat.
Protecting birds on campus
When a Queen’s student presented research on bird collisions on campus, the Office of Sustainability installed Collision Reduction Film on campus windows. Combining research with sustainability, the installation has brought people from across the university together to protect the local environment.
Sustainable use of campus land
Development is a major threat to wildlife habitats. Our Main Campus Master Plan calls for the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems associated with the university and identifies stringent conditions for new developments on campus.