2017 Greenest Campuses in Canada index


The University of Calgary was ranked as the nation’s top campus when it comes to sustainability, according to a new index released by Corporate Knights in October. It received high scores on a number of key performance indicators, including water management, sustainable investing and green certified building space.

Following closely behind in second place was McGill University, bolstered by green purchasing policies, effective waste management and sustainable commuting practices. Wilfrid Laurier University, MacEwan University and Dalhousie University rounded out the top five.

Academic institutions from five provinces were featured in the Top 10, including three each from British Columbia and Ontario.

RankInstitutionProvinceFinal score (%)
1University of CalgaryAlberta76.00
2McGill UniversityQuebec75.22
3Wilfrid Laurier UniversityOntario71.97
4MacEwan UniversityAlberta71.48
5Dalhousie UniversityNova Scotia68.79
6University of British ColumbiaBritish Columbia68.51
7Simon Fraser UniversityBritish Columbia67.62
8University of VictoriaBritish Columbia65.41
9Western UniversityOntario60.26
10University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOntario59.34

All data for the index was sourced from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Seventy-one colleges and universities across Canada have filed reports with STARS over the past five years, although colleges were not included in the ranking universe for the Corporate Knights index this year.

In total, 13 indicators were used for this year’s ranking: building area management, clean air management, green certified building space, environment friendly dining certification, clean energy produced, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool score, green purchases on cleaning products, green purchases on office paper, green transportation, smart commuting, waste management, water management and investing sustainably.

A more detailed methodology can be accessed here.

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