Sustainability Office

Sustainable Queen's
Sustainable Queen's


The academic mission of the university is foundational to campus sustainability.  Curriculum and research allow a university to contribute to a more sustainable community with a reach that goes beyond campus boarders.  Teaching students and increasing their sustainability literacy broadens the impact of environmental awareness beyond the institution as our graduates make their way into new careers around the world. Sustainability research will continue to advance the science, policy and technological developments that the world needs to preserve and enhance our global environment.   

The university can celebrate its ongoing achievements towards advancing solutions on sustainability and addressing environmental concerns in general. Guided by the strength of our faculty, the foresight of our Senate and vision of our Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan, the university has many examples of engaging its core curriculum and research functions on environmental issues.

convocation ceremony at Queen's (© Queen's University)

In the realm of curriculum, Queen’s created the School of Environmental Studies, which began operations in 1995.  The school was among the first to bridge the gap between the Sciences and Arts in recognition of the complexities of environmental issue.  In addition to this focused School, students have the opportunity to encounter learning opportunities in roughly 30 programs spread across most of the Faculties and Schools.

In terms of research, Queen’s faculty are exceptionally skilled and focused in environmental fields, contributing in areas including ecosystem management, renewable energy sources, energy systems and design, materials science and civil engineering.  The university hosts several prominent research groups and centres including the Paleoecological Environment Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL), the Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research, the Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC) and the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environment Policy.  In all there are nearly 60 researchers at Queen’s that are involved to varying degrees with environmental research