Sustainable TRU

Sustainability is one of TRU's 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. Read more about how sustainability fits in with TRU's mission and values.

TRU signs Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges

TRU President Brett Fairbairn has signed the Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges that commits universities to move toward climate change action.

TRU has worked for years to expand its leadership in environmental sustainability. The letter encourages universities to move forward on climate change research and skills creation, and to increase environmental education institution-wide. The letter also asks universities to pledge to reach net-zero by 2030 or 2050 at the latest. President Brett Fairbairn said he was pleased to sign on behalf of TRU.

Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan 2020-2025

Highlights
  • 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

Katie Forsyth Claire McLoughlin Friendly Composting

Future looks friendly for student entrepreneur

Environmental economics and management student Claire McLoughlin recently won third place in the Enactus Canada Student Entrepreneur National Championship for the company she co-founded, Friendly Composting.

Industrial Training and Technology Centre strikes LEED Gold

Another Gold-certified building by the Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada Rating System brings TRU that much closer to achieving carbon-neutral status.

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Environment and COVID-19: The good, bad and correctable

James Gordon, TRU’s Zero Waste and Environmental Programs Coordinator, shares some small changes you can make to counterbalance some of the unfortunate, but necessary environmental offenses that come with COVID-19.

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:

84%

Using more renewable energy and using less energy overall

95%

Building a culture of sustainability at TRU

93%

Teaching students to be the sustainability leaders of tomorrow

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