Buildings and Grounds

Creating a high-quality, sustainable environment for teaching and learning.

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.


UCalgary installs low-flow and low-flush devices in all new buildings on campus and has retrofitted most existing washrooms as well.

Rainwater and recycled water is used for toilet flushing in the Energy Environment and Experiential Learning Building, the Child Development Centre and the MacKimmie Tower.

Landscaped areas across campus act as stormwater infiltration basins where rain water can be retained at the surface or in subsurface infrastructure while it seeps into the ground.  The Taylor Family Digital Library, completed in 2011, included a building-integrated storm water management pond. The Spyhill Campus operates an entirely independent stormwater management system capturing and infiltrating all precipitation on-site without relying on the municipal stormwater infrastructure. 

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

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.