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. 

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

The Taylor Family Digital Library building project, completed in 2011, included a building-integrated storm water management pond.

Recycled water from the Central Heating and Cooling plant is also for irrigation throughout main campus.

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.