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The University of Toronto participates in collective, collaborative action on climate change and other sustainability challenges, focussing, in particular, on student engagement, research collaborations, and institutional partnerships in leadership coalitions.

This page links to stories and reports reflecting the University’s leadership role in coalitions, alliances, pledges, and other forms of collective action.

UTAM to reduce the carbon footprint of its long-term investments by at least 40 per cent by 2030

The University of Toronto Asset Management Corp. (UTAM), which manages over $10 billion in assets on behalf of the university, plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the endowment and pension investment portfolios by at least 40 per cent by 2030.

U of T’s arms-length investing body outlined the commitment in its 2019 Carbon Footprint Report, which analyzed the carbon footprint of public equity, private equity, private real estate and private infrastructure holdings within the university’s pension portfolio as of Sept. 30, 2018. The report uses the pension portfolio as a proxy for the endowment portfolio because the investments in each portfolio are substantially similar.

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U of T Mississauga recognized as Canadian leader for commitment to fair trade

The University of Toronto Mississauga has become the first campus in Canada to receive a silver designation from Fair Trade Canada.

The designation by the national non-profit organization helps cement U of T Missisauga’s reputation as a leader in sustainable and progressive food services. In 2016, U of T Mississauga also became the first campus in Canada to offer a gluten-free food station

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From U of T to UN: Undergraduates attend COP25 climate talks in Madrid

Along with the world leaders, reporters, activists, Greta Thunberg and academics, six University of Toronto undergraduates travelled to Madrid earlier this month to observe the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP25.

For the students, it was an opportunity to see international decision-making up close and learn how concepts they talk about in class, such as the UN sustainable development goals, come up in debate. 

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Low-Carbon Action Plan

The University of Toronto has unveiled an ambitious Low-Carbon Action Plan that will propel it towards its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 37 per cent from 1990 levels by the year 2030 and put it on a path to becoming a “net-zero” institution.

Read the U of T News story “U of T accelerates emissions reduction efforts with new Low-Carbon Action Plan“.

Read the Low Carbon Action Plan.

‘We have a crucial role to play’: U of T commits to leadership role in addressing climate change

Through research and education, as well as a growing number of sustainability initiatives, the University of Toronto is committed to playing a leadership role in addressing climate change – and is encouraging students to expand their knowledge of the issue.

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With students at the forefront, U of T implements ambitious sustainability plan

Students are at the forefront of the University of Toronto’s efforts – now entering the implementation phase – to make itself a global leader in sustainability education, research and operations.

In its third annual report, the President’s Advisory Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability (CECCS) outlines the concrete steps it’s taking to advance sustainability-related projects and initiatives across the university.

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