Action for net zero

Canada’s universities are longstanding leaders in sustainability. They are reducing their emissions, conducting critical climate research, equipping students with green skills, and partnering with their communities to address the challenges posed by climate change.  

Through Canada’s universities action for net zero initiative, Universities Canada is working with its members to measure and track the sector’s climate progress over time, serve as a hub for sharing best practices, advocate for the supports the sector needs to meet its targets and continue to address climate change more broadly, and collaborate locally, nationally, and internationally to align efforts and deepen our impact. 

The six actions

By the numbers

  • 75%
    have sustainability strategies

    Over 75% of Universities Canada members have dedicated sustainability strategies.

    Source: Universities Canada survey, 2023.
  • 328
    programs of study

    Over 328 programs of study and certifications are offered in sustainability at universities across Canada.

    Source: Universities Canada survey, 2023.
  • 2,000

    Over 2,000 researchers are working on climate research at universities across the country.

    Source: Universities Canada survey, 2023.


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