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TRU AASHE STARS 2018 Report - TRU gains Platinum status and the highest score ever recorded!

TRU 2018 Stars

  • AASHE: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • STARS: Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Reporting System

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities around the world to measure their sustainability performance. In May 2018 TRU submitted its third report (first in 2011 gained Silver; second in 2015 gained Gold)) and was delighted to find out it received a Platinum rating with a score of 88.31—the highest ever achieved by any institution!

Full 2018 Report

Full 2015 Report

TRU Building Energy Study Reports

Fortis Custom Design Program Reports 2016

Continuous Optimization Program Investigation Reports - 8 Buildings

Detailed Energy Audit Report for 10 Buildings - July 2010

TRU Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan — 2014

The TRU Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan (CSSP), created in 2014, is a five-year plan and guides the Sustainability Office’s efforts with short, medium and long term goals. The CSSP is aligned with the overarching goals of TRU’s Strategic Priorities Plan, which has ‘Increasing Sustainability’ as one of its five priorities. The CSSP was created through a rigorous and inclusive process involving all members of the TRU community. It is closely aligned with the AASHE STARS reporting framework (see above). Stantec Engineering was contracted to help create the CSSP.

TRU Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan Survey — 2014

This report contains a detailed statistical analysis of the results to the survey titled Strategic Sustainability Plan Survey. The results analysis includes answers from all respondents who took the survey in the 38-day period from Friday, June 6, 2014 to Monday, July 14, 2014. A total of 230 completed responses were received to the survey during this time.

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TRU Carbon Neutral Action Reports — 2009 to 2016

TRU has been a carbon neutral institution since 2009. Like all other BC public institutions, we report annually on greenhouse gases to the BC government from four main sources: natural gas usage, electricity usage, fuel from fleet vehicles, and paper usage.

TRU Composting for a Green Campus Report — 2014

This report outlines the findings from a January to April 2014 pilot study on composting food waste at the TRU Kamloops campus. It was conducted by TRU co-op research student Allysha Sorba.

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TRU Environmental Advisory Committee Reports — 2012

The TRU Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) is a Senate appointed committee made up of students staff and faculty (the name was changed in 2016 to the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC)).

These three 2012 reports are from three EAC sub-committees:

TRU Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment - 2013

As part of the Plug-in BC program, the Fraser Basin Council and FleetCarma partnered with the TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability to determine electric vehicle suitability for its fleet during the 2013-2014 school year. Fourteen of its fleet vehicles were involved in the assessment and after a three week period that assessed driving patterns, it was determined that many of the vehicles were suitable to be replaced--once they came to the end of their life-cycle--with an electric vehicle. It was determined that the extra up-front retail cost of doing so would be more than offset by the long-term savings during the anticipated life span of an electric vehicle.

TRU Investments Information — 2018


TRU Has adopted the UN's principles of responsible investing. TRU is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (those who manage TRU’s funds already are) and TRU has changed its Investment Objectives Policy to reflect this participation. According to the UN PRI website, “Responsible investment is an approach to investment that explicitly acknowledges the relevance to the investor of environmental, social and governance factors, and of the long-term health and stability of the market as a whole. It recognizes that the generation of long-term sustainable returns is dependent on stable, well-functioning and well governed social, environmental and economic systems.” With respect to fossil fuels, this allows TRU to be engaged and invest in those corporations that are actively searching for cleaner methods of fossil fuel extraction, alternative forms of renewable/clean energy and reclamation, while yielding returns that support the needs of TRU’s students and researchers.


Recently a portion of TRU's investment portfolio was recognized as a global leader in sustainable investing. TRU holds almost $3 million in the Prime Canadian Property Fund, which is managed by Bentall Kennedy. Please see the full announcement below.

Subject: Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Results
November 22, 2016

“. . . once again Bentall Kennedy is a global leader in sustainable investing as measured by the independent Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (based in Holland). Bentall Kennedy ranked first in Canada, and the Prime Canadian Property Fund was ranked third in North America in its category. The Prime Canadian Property Fund is a leader in sustainable investing and it is something that our tenants, employees and investors value.”

TRU Marketing and Communication Research Project — 2012

This report, conducted between January and April 2012, lays out nine recommendations for the TRU Sustainability Office to consider in order to A) promote its very existence to the TRU community, and B) better promote the variety of initiatives that it's involved with.

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TRU Orientation Survey Results — September 2013 & January 2014

These are the results from surveys of responses from students during TRU orientations in September 2013 and January 2014.

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TRU Strategic Energy Managment Plan - 2018

TRU's Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) is a working document that demonstrates environmental leadership and stewardship throughout campus buildings and grounds. It is updated annually by the Sustainability Office and identifies energy efficiency objectives in order to continuously reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, costs, and maintenance needs, while maintaining work and study spaces that are safe, healthy, and inviting to be in. In order to achieve these objectives it will implement and/or improve upon the following:

  • Sound operating and maintenance practices
  • Institution wide "green" purchasing policies
  • Incorporating energy efficiency into all new building designs
  • Utilizing an effective monitoring and tracking system
  • Engaging with energy users by implementing effective behaviour change programs

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TRU Sustainability Literacy Assessment — 2015

The purpose of the survey is to measure student, staff and faculty participation in particular green behaviours, and their awareness and attitude towards energy conservation and other green initiatives at work. The analysis has been conducted for TRU by Prism Engineering Limited.

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TRU Sustainability Office Internal Review — 2012/2013

This self-assessment report for the TRU Sustainability Office includes the following sections:

  • Overview of the office
  • Leading universities in the field of sustainability
  • TRU's progress relative to leading university benchmarks
  • Assessment of the sustainability program currently
  • Three-year action plan, with benchmarks
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TRU Transportation Demand Management Study — 2012

This 2012 report, conducted by Urban Systems Limited, provides a comprehensive snapshot of all of the major issues regarding getting to and from campus.

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TRU Waste Audit Reports

Waste audits provide valuable data, information and recommendations on how TRU can better manage its solid waste on an on-going basis in order to help meet the long-term goal of diverting 95% of its waste from the landfill.

TRU Workplace Conservation Awareness Survey — 2013

This report summarizes the results from the 2013 survey TRU conducted in November and December 2013. The purpose of the survey is to measure student, staff and faculty participation in particular green behaviours and their awareness and attitude towards energy conservation and other green initiatives at work. The analysis has been conducted for TRU by Prism Engineering Limited.

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TRU Zero Waste Quiz/Survey Report

This report summarizes the results from a TRU Zero Waste quiz/survey conducted as part of the TRU Student Sustainability Ambassadors Program (SSAP).

Zero Waste Quiz/ Survey Results Fall 2017

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