Sustainability

Royal Roads University was founded on and continues to be guided by the concept of sustainability as defined by the Brundtland Report in 1987.

At RRU we endeavour to meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Sustainability is not only intrinsically linked to RRU’s teaching and research mandate, but also a challenge that calls for the kind of interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving at which Royal Roads excels.

The Office of Sustainability works in collaboration with the academic, operational and communication divisions of the university to identify opportunities to improve the university’s sustainability performance. Further, the office provides support for student projects and sustainability-focused research and develops and nurtures partnerships within the community.

We’d love to hear from you, please contact us.

Stewardship

One of the goals set out in the Royal Roads University Strategic Direction is to be “a leader for sustainable stewardship of our historic lands.”

The Office of Sustainability is proud to directly contribute to the university’s responsible stewardship of ecological, historical and ancestral significance sites on campus. This stewardship is the result of the university’s ongoing collaboration with the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen families and the neighbouring Scia’new and T’Sou-ke families, as well as the communities of the Westshore.

Sustainability Performance

In 2010 RRU became the first university in Canada to participate in the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) achieving a Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Through the continuing efforts of the entire RRU community, that rating was improved to Gold in 2014.

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Sustainability Impact Award

The Sustainability Impact Award fund aims to promote sustainability education and action that positively impacts communities. The fund provides supplemental funding for projects nominated by students, staff, alumni and others with formal connections to Royal Roads University.? The fund welcomes donations from a variety of sources.

The fund was created in 2007 by Dr. Charles Krusekopf and is the result of students in Royal Roads’ MA and MSc in Environmental Management program exploring greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. Students calculated the greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel to and from residency and created by their personal travel and lifestyle and then averaged that value across the whole of Royal Roads’ population to arrive at $25 per person.? The original 2007 class made donations to establish this fund; each year, donations from a variety of donors continue to support the awards.?

If you're interested in donating to the Sustainability Impact Award to support sustainability initiatives on- and off-campus, please visit our donation page or contact the Royal Roads University Advancement Office.

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