UCalgary sustainable buildings:
Conserve energy and water, and reduce greenhouse gases.
Support physical and mental well-being.
Enhance our ability to learn and be productive.
Divert tonnes of waste from the landfill.
Help the local economy by sourcing environmentally friendly materials.
Connect people in a community.
Green Building Program
With 14 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects, UCalgary is a Canadian leader in high performance green buildings.
The University of Calgary has two projects currently pursuing the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) new Zero Carbon Building standard: the MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment and Mathison Hall.
When it opens in 2022, Mathison Hall will offer business students a state-of-the-art learning environment, provide much-needed classroom space and propel the Haskayne School of business to the next level. This project is striving to meet the requirements of the CaGBCs Zero Carbon Building Standard and LEED Platinum certification for Building Design and Construction.
UCalgary is exploring academic, engagement, daily operational and administrative practices to make campus more pollinator-friendly. In February 2020, the university received a Bee Campus designation from Bee City Campus in February 2020. Through engaging community events, environmental stewardship initiatives and buzz-worthy research and online resources, UCalgary is raising awareness for the importance of enhancing our natural environments for bees, butterflies and other essential pollinators.
A Beautiful Campus Environment
Beautiful campus landscape supports the well-being of our community, through things like improved air quality, climate regulation and the provision of natural habitats. Green space also contributes to our positive mental health.
The creation of our Main Campus Landscape Plan is currently underway. This plan will allow our outside spaces to inform the design and placement of future buildings on campus.
Sustainable landscaping elements integrated throughout our built and natural environments are designed to promote resiliency, biodiversity and environmental stewardship.
Native and Adaptive Plant Species
Bioswales, native prairie grasslands, adaptive plant species, edible gardens and stormwater ponds are a few types of sustainable landscaping features that can be found across Main Campus. These features help to make our campus more drought tolerant and flood resistant as well as offer enhanced pollinator habitats.
Integrated Pest Management
The university employs the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the management of grounds on all campus. IPM relies emphasizes prevention, knowledge of pest biology, and the use of least-disruptive control tactics, with pesticides saved as a last resort.
Erosion and Sedimentation Control
Major construction projects that disturb significant quantities of soil are required to employ erosion and sedimentation control practices to minimize the loss of ecologically valuable soils and protect downstream infrastructure and water bodies from the impacts of construction.