Environmental Protection


The University of Toronto is committed to being a positive and creative force in the protection and enhancement of the local and global environment, through its teaching, research and administrative operations. Recognising that some of its activities, because of their scale and scope, have significant effects on the environment, the University as an institution, and all members of the university community, have the responsibility to society to act in ways consistent with the following principles and objectives:

Fundamental Principles

  • minimisation of negative impacts on the environment
  • conservation and wise use of natural resources
  • respect for biodiversity

Specific Objectives

In adopting these fundamental principles, the University will be guided by ethical attitudes towards natural spaces, and will take all reasonable steps to meet the following objectives:

  • minimise energy use, through efficient management and practice
  • minimise water use, through efficient management and practice
  • minimise waste generation through reduction, reuse and recycling
  • minimise polluting effluent and emissions into air, land and water
  • minimise noise and odour pollution
  • minimise and where possible eliminate use of chemicals, including outdoor salt, pesticides, herbicides and cleaning agents
  • include biodiversity and environmental concerns in planning andlandscape decisions
  • meet and where possible exceed environmental standards, regulations and guidelines


To implement this Environmental Protection Policy:

An Environmental Protection Advisory Committee(EPAC) will be established consisting of the administrative staff, academic staff and student groups, to be chaired by a member of the University’s academic staff. The Committee will provide advice to the Assistant Vice-President, Operations and Services, on the programs to meet the environmental protection objectives. Membership of the committee will be made known to the community to ensure that new and existing initiatives are brought forward for consideration. The meetings of EPAC will be open.

Facilities and Services, through the Waste Management Department will facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental protection programs, and will liaise with the EPAC and all three campuses on the programs. In this role Facilities and Services will:

  • regularly review University policies to ensure consistency with this policy;
  • carry out appropriate environmental audits and pilot projects;
  • undertake education and training programs to inform the University Community about this policy and how its members, both personally and collectively, can best meet the objectives set forth in it;
  • inform all contractors, service operations and users of University facilities that they must comply with the requirements of the policy;
  • annually issue a report concerning the University’s impact on the environment, summarising initiatives undertaken and identifying matters

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