Partnering for a greener future

Queen鈥檚 University is committed to advancing sustainability and fighting climate change by continuously working to improve our operations and decrease our environmental footprint.

While growing the size of our campus and student population, Queen鈥檚 has invested $30M towards energy reduction projects on campus and reduced 35% greenhouse gas emissions from facilities and operations.

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Queen's Campus

Queen鈥檚 approach to sustainability extends beyond its emission reduction efforts. In providing access to dedicated environmental research and educational opportunities, Queen鈥檚 University is fostering the growth of the next generation of sustainability champions. Taken together, these initiatives can enable Kingston to envision and realize a more sustainable future.

Queen鈥檚 is a designated Fair Trade Campus, working to support sustainable practices for agricultural workers and the environment.

In 2019, Sustainable Kingston awarded Queen鈥檚 Hospitality Services its Organizational Sustainability Champion award for the university鈥檚 efforts to champion food security, environmental stewardship, and climate action.

Carbon neutral

Queen鈥檚 is dedicated to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040.

40%

Queen鈥檚 students contribute to the 40% of Kingston Transit ridership made up of post-secondary students, as of 2019.

Waste to recycling

Queen鈥檚 diverted 33% of its waste in 2018/19, resulting in 1,195 tonnes of recyclables and organics diverted from landfill.

Initiatives

 Sustainable living

Since 2008, the Queen鈥檚 Sustainability Office has advanced the university鈥檚 green initiatives, including fostering collaboration opportunities across campus and enhancing awareness of issues in the community. A critical aspect of the Office鈥檚 role is encouraging sustainable living choices in the Queen鈥檚 community.

 Regular waste audits

Queen鈥檚 conducts regular waste audits to understand where its reduction and diversion initiatives may be falling short. The diversion rate (a measure of total waste diverted or avoided) for 2018-2019 was 33%, resulting in 1,195 tonnes of recyclables diverted from landfill.

 Sustainable practices

Queen鈥檚 is a designated Fair Trade Campus, working to support sustainable practices for agricultural workers and the environment.

 Student-led initiatives

Student-led grassroots initiatives, such as Soul Food, The Tea Room, and the Earth Centre, are providing the Kingston community new ways of buying and using resources, helping Kingston to live more sustainably.

Queen's SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals

Queen鈥檚 ranked 1st in Canada and 5th in the world in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, a global ranking of universities that are advancing the United Nations鈥 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and beyond their local communities.

Learn more about THE Rankings

Recycling bins

Queen鈥檚 Sustainability Office

Advancing the university鈥檚 green initiatives, including fostering collaboration opportunities across campus and enhancing awareness of issues in the community, as well as encouraging sustainable living among the Queen鈥檚 community.

Learn more about our commitment

The Tea Room

The Tea Room

A student-run organization established in 2006, the Tea Room is an environmentally friendly and socially conscious cafe located in Beamish-Munro Hall. The cafe provides the Queen鈥檚 and Kingston community with the option of buying environmentally responsible food and drinks, sourced from local vendors.

The Earth Centre

The Earth Centre

A student club, The Earth Centre grants the Queen鈥檚 and Kingston community convenient access to inexpensive environmentally friendly products and information through its library and sustainability-focused shop.

Kingston Public Transit

Kingston Transit Partnership

Queen鈥檚 students, staff, and faculty have partnered with Kingston Transit to provide discounted ridership to the Queen鈥檚 community, promoting transit use and therefore reducing CO2 emissions. 480 faculty and staff participate in the City of Kingston鈥檚 Transpass program and post-secondary students, including Queen鈥檚 students, represent up to 40% of Kingston transit users.