The University of Toronto is a global leader in research and teaching. It stands among the best public universities in the world and is recognized as Canada’s top university. U of T has three campuses, with more than 64,000 students at the St. George campus, more than 14,000 at the Scarborough campus, and more than 16,000 at the Mississauga campus. The University offers over 700 undergraduate programs and 300 graduate programs in a wide variety of fields.
U of T is on an ongoing mission—to embed sustainability into the fabric of all that it does. The principles of regenerative sustainability and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals act as their guide towards becoming a model of sustainability worldwide.
A commitment to sustainability goes as far back as the 1970s, when the University hired its first full-time energy manager. The St. George campus has cut greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 43,000 tonnes from 2009 to 2019, and the reductions continue with the commitment of an additional 35,000 tonnes by 2030 through its tri-campus 2019 Low Carbon Action Plan. The University’s Climate Positive Plan for the St. George campus was released in October 2021, which will reduce GHG emissions beyond carbon neutral by 2050—providing a net benefit to our community.
In addition, U of T:
- was the first university to join the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance
- co-founded the Investing to Address Climate Change charter
- is a founding member of the U7+ Alliance of World Universities
- is a member of the University Climate Change Coalition
- is a founding participant of Climate Engagement Canada.
Profiles presented are based on information provided by participants. Participants’ GHG emissions performance published are based on utility data submitted and converted to GHG emissions. The emission factors applied aligns with the period of energy data reported (2019). The emission factors utilized for the conversion are calculated based on a combination of sources: Government of Canada (National Inventory Report & Canada’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements), Government of Ontario (Guide: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting), The Atmospheric Fund (A Clearer View on Ontario’s Emissions – Electricity emissions factors and guidelines) and Enbridge Gas Inc. (Chemical Composition of Natural Gas).