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Thompson Rivers University 50th Anniversary
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Sustainable TRU

Sustainability is one of our core values

We strive for energy efficiency, seek to engage the TRU community with sustainability events, and encourage involvement in sustainability projects. We are proud to have earned the highest overall score in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report.

  • Update on Bike Sharing


    The Sustainability Office understands that getting outside is important. Cycling is a great way to get outside and get some exercise while maintaining distances as recommended by health authorities. But please keep in mind that while cycling everyone needs to be extra conservative and careful as to not risk injury and further burden the health care system. Bikes will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Bikes can be rented Mondays between 12-2 PM on a weekly basis – go here for more information.

Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan 2020-2025

  • Plan for a carbon neutral and net-zero energy campus.
  • Eliminate single-use items, including plastics.
  • Integrate sustainable purchasing throughout campus operations.
  • Conserve potable water.
  • Advance sustainability performance of the campus built environment.
  • Champion sustainability beyond the TRU campus for global impact.

Show leadership, earn a credential

The Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate is documented evidence of your knowledge, skills, awareness and attitudes as a sustainable-minded citizen.

How to become a leader

Sustainability News

TRU, you’re so cool

Pledge to save energy by doing one of five things and help TRU become the coolest campus in BC.

TRU commits to ambitious five-year sustainability plan

TRU's new sustainability plan is ambitious and comprehensive, and will guide efforts for the next five years.

Sustainability for the holiday season

When it comes to the season of giving, how can we embed sustainable considerations into our festive traditions?

How we became super STARS

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities around the world to measure their sustainability performance. In May 2018, TRU received a platinum rating — the highest ever achievement by any institution.

Key increases in points that took us from gold in 2015 to platinum in 2018:


Using more renewable energy and using less energy overall


Building a culture of sustainability at TRU


Teaching students to be the sustainability leaders of tomorrow

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