On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day and highlight the big programs and activities that the University of Ottawa is undertaking to help our planet. The Office of Campus Sustainability took stock of the progress the University has made over the past year and compiled this list.

Climate Crisis

greenery in front of the FSS building

uOttawa Climate Change Report 2022

Institutions of higher learning have an active responsibility to prepare students and society to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Smiley face on a veggie burger

Cool Food Pledge

In September 2022, the University of Ottawa proudly became the first Canadian university to join the Cool Food Pledge, a global initiative managed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) to collectively reduce our food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030. 

Electric vehicle charging

New EV parking stations

Do you drive an Electric Vehicle? Take advantage of reserved parking and Level 1 and Level 2 charging outlets for EVs and charge your vehicle!

Zero Waste Campus

a women takes a free menstrual product from a dispenser

Period Project

The Period Project is an initiative to offer free environmentally friendly menstrual products to the uOttawa community. 

reused bags with the Free Store logo on them

Free Store's 15th year anniversary

The Free Store is your one-stop shop that allows you to drop off stuff you don’t want anymore and pick-up things you do want for FREE. Essentially, this is a “store” where everything is free for members of the uOttawa community (students, staff, and alumni).

Other programs

green space behind the uOttawa university centre

Nature Positive Universities Pledge

The University of Ottawa has signed the Nature Positive Universities Pledge, an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme. This means we're doing our part to address both the climate and biodiversity crises, to build more resilient ecosystems, help nature recover, and limit climate change.

Yellow-banded bumble bee on black-eyed susan flowers

A new student-led pollinator garden

In the summer of 2022, Victoria Rose King, a master’s student at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs won a grant by participating in WWF-Canada’s Designing Change for a Living Planet 2022 competition. She proposed to build a native pollinator garden in Marion Square. 

Other Campus Highlights

Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable development goals
Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Week Canada at Telfer

Having pledged to embed sustainable development goals (SDG) across research, teaching and outreach activities, the Telfer School of Management partici…
Strategic Planning
Desmarais in the summer time
Strategic Planning

Moving Toward a Greener Canada

Telfer’s vision for a Better Canada includes a sustainable future. It is our shared responsibility to make decisions today that prioritize the well-be…
Leveraging Experience
Sonia Vinogradova
Leveraging Experience

Greener Together

Listen to Sonia Vinogradova talk about her confidence-building experience as a Telfer student, and her research which focuses on building technologica…