For us, at the University of Ottawa, sustainability isn’t just a job; it’s a lens through which we see the world.
The Office of Campus Sustainability (part of Facilities Services) strives to have sustainability integrated into daily life on campus in as many ways as possible, big and small — from taking notes on scrap paper to designing more energy-efficient campus facilities. It all matters, and often results in significant cost savings to the University and its students in addition to reducing our impact on the environment.
Mission & Vision
At the Office of Campus Sustainability, our mission is to promote the values of sustainable development to staff, students and members of the broader community through the operations, research and teachings of the University of Ottawa.
Our 4 C Model
The University of Ottawa’s Sustainable Development Committee (SUDCOM) has adopted the 4C model of campus sustainability developed by Plymouth University to address different aspects of sustainability specific to a campus context.
The 4 Cs are:
- Campus — Everything involving procurement for and the physical aspects of the campus, from buying to building, repairing, and everything in-between.
- Community — The social relationships between community members on and off of the campus.
- Culture — The values and policies forming the cultural foundation and influencing the governance of the campus.
- Curriculum — The academic pursuits, the courses and the research activities that constitute the body of knowledge on campus.