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Wilfrid Laurier University Physical Resources
November 23, 2014

Canadian Excellence

Laurier Sustainability Action Plan



WLU's Sustainability Action Plan has been created to establish initiatives and related milestone for sustainability progress within the scope of education, operations, and community partnerships. For the purpose of this plan, 'sustainability' refers to the development and maintenance of social, economic, and ecological health and well being for both ourselves and future generations. Laurier will be better equipped to respond to emerging trends and opportunities by effectively managing sustainability in the short, medium, and long term.


The Laurier Board of Governors passed the Laurier Sustainability Action Plan on April 12th.

The plan targets a 15% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over a 5 year period, using 2009 as a baseline year. The contents of the plan is influenced by existing Laurier plans, reports, policies, standards, and assessments, as well as the unique nature of Laurier. The plan also includes a Sustainability Report to date and an emissions summary for 2001. From this, key indicators were developed to measure the plan's progress, including:

Educational Offerings: the degree to which sustainability programming has been integrated into academics, training, and awareness initiatives

  • Improve literacy: number and facets of programs integrated
  • Improve scope: number and facets of programs and topic integrated
  • Faculty, staff, and student engagement: percentage of people involved on and off campus

Operations Integration: the degree to which sustainable principles have been institutionalized within business and facilities operations and GHG reductions have been achieved

  • Generate resources: percentage of sustainability principles integrated into funding and operations models
  • Sustainable building and construction: number and facets of building and construction that follow sustainable design guidelines
  • Water aversion: percentage/m3 reduction in water usage as seen through billing and/or meters
  • Waste diversion: percentage of diversion based on annual audits
  • Food practices: percentage change of sustainable food purchasing and programs
  • Energy: GHG reductions
  • Sustainable procurement: reach of policies
  • Transportation alternatives: amount of initiatives introduced
  • Monitoring and reporting: increase and transparency of initiatives

Stakeholder involvement: the degree to which people are engaged within the institutional community and beyond

  • Engage the community: number and level of initiatives
  • Promote citizenship: percentage of new or improved programs