Sustainability efforts at Hamilton’s McMaster rewarded on campus and around the globe


Published January 2, 2024 at 11:35 am

Sustainability is a pretty big deal at McMaster University, where transforming the Hamilton campus into a “living laboratory” for sustainability is a university priority.

The school released its third annual Sustainability Report last month, which highlighted initiatives taken by students, faculty and staff that has helped McMaster meet and surpass its carbon reduction investment targets two years ahead of schedule.

McMaster’s sustainability efforts are “in keeping with the essential role we all play in supporting the university’s vision to advance human and societal health and well-being,” noted school President David Farrar.

The report features a podcast with Farrar and Sustainability Director Dave Cano, a robotic arm in space, repurposing pizza oven heat and efforts to encourage the entire Campus to BYOB.

The report shares the university’s progress within four strategic drivers:

  • A Culture Focused on Sustainability
  • Teaching, Learning and Research
  • Self-Sustaining Campus and Sites and
  • Operational Excellence.

“The diversity of stories in the Sustainability Report showcases the passion of the entire campus community and how there is cross-collaboration across many of these initiatives,” said Cano. “When you bring up sustainability at McMaster, there is a genuine excitement for where we are headed.”

Students engaged in hands-on learning experiences through the university’s SUSTAIN series of courses – which tackle real-life challenges both on and off-campus – and the school launched its first-ever sustainability strategy in 2023, as well as its ambitious Net Zero Carbon Roadmap, Cano added.

McMaster’s work in sustainability has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this year the prestigious Times Higher Education organization ranked the Hamilton school 33rd in the world for its work in supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, specifically highlighting the work McMaster has done to end poverty and hunger, reduce inequalities, improve health and education and build a more sustainable, equitable world.

McMaster was also ranked 78th in the world in the 2024 QS World University Sustainability Rankings, which were released last month.

To see the entire report, visit Sustainability

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