New report showcases key role of colleges and institutes in Canada’s climate action

To mark Global Goals Week, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is releasing a new milestone report detailing the role played by its members in addressing climate change and supporting Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Are We Ready?” follows our commitment made last year to achieve net-zero emissions on college and institute campuses by 2050. The report is a compilation of college and institute leadership in climate action across three areas: Curriculum, Applied Research and Community Engagement, and Campus Infrastructure and Indigenous Approaches to Sustainability. The report reveals how CICan members integrate principles of sustainability across program disciplines to address skills needed in the green economy; showcases how applied research helps businesses and community organizations find innovative solutions to lower their carbon footprints; and highlights strategies to plan for sustainability and energy efficiency when building infrastructure, both on and off campus.

This report is not only a showcase, but also a resource to inspire more post-secondary leaders to act in the fight to combat climate change. It also reveals the opportunity to accelerate accountability, communication, and collaboration within the postsecondary sector and beyond. 

The report emphasizes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for collaboration to ensure that our actions contribute to positive change, in particular SDG 13 Climate Change and SDG 17 Partnerships for the goals.

In the context of federal consultations on the new Canada Green Building Strategy, this report positions colleges and institutes as vital hubs in Canada’s commitment to reach net-zero by 2050. At almost 700 locations across the country, CICan members make up the largest postsecondary network in the country. Our collective efforts futureproof industries, learners, the economy, and our built environment.

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Last Modified: September 21, 2022