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Campus initiatives

Learn about the many sustainability initiatives hosted on the Dal campus and find out how to get involved.

About the Office of Sustainability

Dalhousie University has been involved in promoting sustainability in its operations and curriculum for over 30 years. However, global and local sustainability challenges such as energy security and efficiency remain, and these challenges are compounding.

The Dalhousie Office of Sustainability works to incorporate sustainability concepts and criteria into policy and planning, building and retrofit projects, and operations. The Office strives to engage and encourage student, staff, and faculty in practicing sustainable behaviour. Key functions of the office include policy and planning, communication and learning, and project development and management.

The mission of the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability is to create campus solutions that support positive ecological, social health, and economic outcomes. We will focus on individual and organizational change and physical system upgrades. 


Key goals include

  • enhancing values, knowledge, skills, and social norms that support sustainability;
  • encouraging and supporting organizational behaviours and physical systems that enhance sustainability;
  • decreasing natural resource use (energy, water, products), waste, toxins and air emissions;
  • increasing use of renewable energy;
  • enhancing health and social attributes of the campus ecosystem;
  • increasing sustainable transportation;
  • drawing people to Dalhousie as a result of sustainability activity.