Thompson Rivers University

Office of Environment & Sustainability

Community Engagement

The Department of Environment & Sustainability prides itself on taking an active role in the Kamloops community. We are proud supporters of local organizations the BC Sustainable Energy Association, the Thompson Environmental Network, and Kamloops 350.

We welcome opportunities to partner or support local initiatives. If your organization is interested in a partnership or would like staff to attend your event, send us an email request at sustain@tru.ca and we will do our best to accommodate.

Below are a few examples of our most-recent community work.

World Rivers Day

TRU Sustainability recently participated in The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup/World Rivers day at Riverside Park on Saturday, September 29th. It was a fun, family friendly event with face-painting, music, Kamloops' own Raging Grannies, and of course a very fulfilling clean up of the Thompson River shoreline. View photos from the event on our facebook page.


TRU Sustainability at Bike to Work Week 2012

Thanks to organizers James Gordon and Marcia Dick, Bike to Work Week was a great success this year. Kamloops met and exceed its goal for teams with 108 registered, and 512 cyclists registered in total.

TRU Environment & Sustainability was a sponsor for the event, providing prizes for the morning celebration stations and donating our blender bike 
(right) for free smoothies.


Fraser Basin Council

We are a representative on the Thompson Okanagan committee for the Fraser Basin Council. This committee provides the opportunity for the department to listen to the concerns and current news from local region councillors and directors from the Nicola Valley, North & South Okanagan, Shuswap, Wells Gray Country, and Gold Country.


Guerin Creek

In fall 2009, as part of World Rivers Day, TRU Environment and Sustainability and Adventure Tourism, in co-operation with Rotary West and a local environmentalist organized a cleanup of Guerin Creek. Guerin Creek flows through the eastern edge of the campus before going under the Summit Connector, continuing past the Chinese cemetery and draining into the Thompson River. The trails along the Guerin Creek ravine provide walking opportunities for TRU students and others who live in the area. The plan is to create an urban park with the cooperation of the City of Kamloops with the cleanup being the first step in this process.

Inter-Campus Collaboration
  • BC Colleges and Universities Climate Change Working Group (our Director, Jim Gudjonson, is Co-Chair)
  • Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals
  • Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education;
  • BC Provincial Carbon Neutral Committee -- High Education Group (represented by our Director, Jim Gudjonson. This group reports to the BC Climate Action Secretariat's Office every 3 months)
  • Workplace Conservation Awareness Advanced Education working group
  • BC Hydro Energy Manager and Energy Specialist training group
Public Policy Advocacy for Sustainability

2012 - 2013

Tom Owen, past Director, TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability, served as a member of the BC Public Sector's Carbon Neutral Committee. "The Carbon Neutral Committee has been active since early 2010 and acts as a point of contact between core government and the broader public sector. Meetings occur quarterly and provide an oppertunity for both groups to recieve and provide updates, discuss issues, and raise questions related to PART 2 and PART 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets ACT as well as the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation."

2013 - 2014 to Present 

  • Jim Gudjonson, current Director, TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability, is involved or was involved in the following bodies:
  • BC Colleges and Universities Climate Change Working Group (J. Gudjonson, Co-Chair)
  • BC Hydro and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education to develop a provincial wide revolving energy fund (J. Gudjonson will present at the upcoming symposium and be a panelist)
  • BC Provincial Carbon Neutral Committee -- Higher Education Group (This group reports to the BC Climate Action Secretariat's Office every 3 months)
  • Thompson Nicola Regional District, Airshed Management Plan
  • Workplace Conservation Awareness Advanced Education working group
  • BC Hydro Energy Manager and Energy Specialist training group
  • Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals
  •  Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Billion Dollar Challenge (J. Gudjonson, Technical Advisor - Green Billion)

Furthermore, other staff members from the TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability continue working with the City of Kamloops to help improve the public transit system and the bike paths in and around campus, as well as on a new zero-waste strategy. These initiatives can help make these forms of transportation more accessible and popular, and minimize the amount of waste that ends up in the local landfills.