Campus Programs

The Office uses many strategies to reach our sustainability goals

The Office organizes its programs using four pillars of action: Policy & Planning, Monitoring, Behaviour, and Retrofit & New Construction Projects.

Four Pillars of Action

Policy & Planning

A number of sustainability policy and plans have been created.

Monitoring

A number of sustainability indicators are monitored on different intervals from hourly to yearly. Indicators include metrics on:

  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Commuting
  • Food
  • Waste
  • Emissions
  • Curriculum (College of Sustainability)
  • Student Engagement
  • & Lots More... 

Dalhousie participates in AASHE STARS and publically reports every three years on opperational indicators. We collect data annually throught our Sustainability Survey.

Behaviour

Campaigns and events are run throughout the year by the Office of Sustainability and other groups on campus including the DSU Sustainability Office, the College of Sustainability, and others.


Key behavioural initiatives include:

Retrofit & Construction Projects

In the last five years, Dalhousie and partners have invested over 40 million dollars in sustainability related projects. The Office of Sustainability works with Facilities Management to implement these projects. Examples include:

Plans for the future include major energy and water upgrades to buildings and systems, more native plantings, enhanced waste bin design, green building construction and commuting infrastructure.