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As an academic community, our primary contribution to meeting the challenge of climate change is through our core missions of advanced research and research-intensive education. At the same time, our community makes sustainability an institutional priority in our own day- to-day operations.

We are steadily and significantly reducing the intensity of our energy use and our carbon footprint, while increasing our operational sustainability. We are proud to have earned a ‘Canada’s Top 100 Greenest Employers’ designation six consecutive times.

This page links to a collection of stories and initiatives reflecting the University’s commitment to sustainability. If you have a story or idea you would like to see highlighted here, please contact us at

U of T’s Path to a Low-Carbon Future Begins Deep Below King’s College Circle

An energy-saving project to be constructed beneath front campus is one of dozens the university will undertake over the next decade to reduce its carbon footprint.

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U of T’s proposed geoexchange project on Front Campus is one of urban Canada’s largest

With its expansive lawn flanked by heritage buildings like Convocation Hall and University College, Front Campus is the historic centrepiece of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. Now, the iconic green space is poised to be at the heart of the university’s mission to reduce carbon emissions and meet ambitious climate change commitments.

A new sustainability project proposed under U of T’s Low Carbon Action Plan aims to make Front Campus the site of a geoexchange system. Boreholes would be drilled deep into the ground to allow for storage of surplus heat, generated by mechanical systems in the summer, for use in the cold winter months. 

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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.

The University of Toronto is a smoke-free campus

After the Governing Council passed  a new Smoke-Free Policy on December 13, 2018, the University of Toronto became a smoke-free campus. This policy reflects the University’s commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone in the U of T community. 

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U of T named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019

The University of Toronto has been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2019 for the sixth consecutive year.

This designation, issued by editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes employers who are leaders in developing exceptional sustainability initiatives and creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.

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Greener News, August

Greener News is the St George campus Sustainability Office’s newsletter. It was created to reach out to staff, students and faculty with news about what’s happening in our sustainability community.

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