Sustainability Action Plan

The Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) is rooted in a holistic approach to sustainability. This is defined as the creation of a just and equitable society and economy and the fostering of ecological health and human well-being. 

the nested model of sustainability.

Our approach to sustainability in this plan embraces interconnectedness. Links exist between all facets of the triple bottom line of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Through acknowledging these links, we ensure an inclusive and vibrant future for all generations. 

The SAP drives progress towards strategies that will: 

  • significantly reduce the College’s ecological footprint; 
  • grow “high impact” learning opportunities around sustainability; 
  • nurture a culture of sustainability; and 
  • generate individual, institutional, community and regional resilience. 

Objectives and Strategies

The SAP centers four pillars upon which to build sustainability at CofC. Each pillar includes short and long-range objectives and strategies. These actions form a pathway to achieve our stated goals, while also meeting the College’s strategic commitment to foster a culture of innovation in order to create sustainable solutions to 21st century problems.
  • Climate Resilience

    Overall Goal: The College will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through:

    • reducing energy demand,  
    • investing in zero emissions energy supply,  
    • and implementing new initiatives to offset our remaining carbon footprint. 

    Linked to U.N. SDGs: 2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 

  • Zero Waste

    Overall Goal: The College will achieve zero waste (≥90% diversion from the landfill) by 2035 through: 

    • data collection and analysis,  
    • waste aversion and diversion programming,  
    • and redefining the traditional take-make-waste linear model of consumption. 

    Linked to U.N. SDGs: 6, 12, 14 

  • Holistic Integrated Learning

    Overall Goal: The College will enhance opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of sustainability through: 

    •  building awareness, 
    • providing experiential learning and research opportunities,  
    • and through faculty and staff development.  

    Linked to U.N. SDGs: 4 

  • Active Sustainability Culture

    Overall Goal: The College will embed the values of sustainability into the campus culture through: 

    • educational resources,  
    • awareness and engagement campaigns,  
    • and by fostering sustainable behavior and decision making in all facets of the organization. 

    Linked to U.N. SDGs: 2, 3, 5, 10