Low-Carbon Action Plan
In 2018, the University of Toronto joined the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3); a group of leading research universities in North America committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on their own campuses and in their communities. In line with this commitment, the University of Toronto set a goal to reduce GHG emissions 37 per cent by 2030, below a 1990 baseline level.
University operations has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 55,000 metric tons over the past decade. A five-year Low-Carbon Action Plan (2019-2024) has been developed to further implement carbon reduction strategies across U of T’s three campuses—accelerating efforts as we work towards our 2030 goal.
U of T has adopted the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge and released two carbon footprint reports and three responsible investing reports. The University was also a founding member of Climate Action 100+, an investor-led initiative to engage with the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters.
In June 2020, U of T and McGill initiated the creation of Investing to Address Climate Change: A Charter for Canadian Universities to tackle climate change through a commitment to responsible investing practices. Read more about the charter’s creation here.
- U of T’s Path to a Low-Carbon Future Begins Deep Below King’s College Circle
- Proposed geoexchange project for King’s College Circle is expected to be one of urban Canada’s largest and yield significant annual greenhouse gas reductions
- U of T accelerates emissions reduction efforts with new Low-Carbon Action Plan
- U of T Landmark Project to make St. George campus’s historic core greener, more walkable and accessible
- Green ideas are sprouting at all three campuses
- U of T to build academic wood tower on downtown Toronto campus
- U of T launches several major “green” projects across its three campuses
- U of T joins coalition of leading universities driving climate action