Sustainable TRU

Sustainability is one of our core values

We strive for energy efficiency, seek to engage the TRU community with sustainability events, and encourage involvement in sustainability projects. We are proud to have earned the highest overall score in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report.

Free Sustainability Conference, Oct. 20-22, 2020

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TRU has invested in being a sponsor so that all current TRU students, staff and faculty members can attend — for free! — one of the most famous sustainability conferences in higher education: the annual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan 2020-2025

  • Plan for a carbon neutral and net-zero energy campus.
  • Eliminate single-use items, including plastics.
  • Integrate sustainable purchasing throughout campus operations.
  • Conserve potable water.
  • Advance sustainability performance of the campus built environment.
  • Champion sustainability beyond the TRU campus for global impact.

Show leadership, earn a credential

The Leadership in Environmental Sustainability certificate is documented evidence of your knowledge, skills, awareness and attitudes as a sustainable-minded citizen.

How to become a leader

Sustainability News

Green is cool: TRU stands out for sustainability

TRU has been ranked as North America’s third Coolest School by the Sierra Club, and made the Princeton Review’s 2021 Green Honour Roll.

TRU, you’re so cool

Pledge to save energy by doing one of five things and help TRU become the coolest campus in BC.

TRU commits to ambitious five-year sustainability plan

TRU's new sustainability plan is ambitious and comprehensive, and will guide efforts for the next five years.

How we became super STARS

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities around the world to measure their sustainability performance. In May 2018, TRU received a platinum rating — the highest ever achievement by any institution.

Key increases in points that took us from gold in 2015 to platinum in 2018:


Using more renewable energy and using less energy overall


Building a culture of sustainability at TRU


Teaching students to be the sustainability leaders of tomorrow

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