A short history of sustainability initiatives on campus

1992 Facilities Planning and Management establishes guidelines to repurpose pre-owned furniture 

2004 Faculty of Design introduces a biometrics course

2007 OCAD U holds a Sustainability Salon

2008 Faculty of Design launches a sustainability minor

2008 OCAD U strikes a Sustainability Task Force

2008 IT Services and Campus Life launches Green Exchange (electronic swap and waste initiative)

2009 Faculty of Design establishes Sustainability Office

2009 OCAD U signs Council of Ontario Universities (COU) pledge Committed to a Greener World

2010 Faculty of Design establishes Material Innovation Centre (Materials Lab)

2010 Facilities Planning and Management receives the City of Toronto Bike Commuter Award

2012 Indigenous Visual Culture Program and First Gen launches Material Trading Post

2013 OCAD U creates sustainability month: sMarch

2013 Inaugural Urban Ecologies Conference

2014 OCAD U creates Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives

2014 Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies installs a Passive Urban Greenhouse: Greenhaus

2015 OCAD U establishes ReUse Hub and ReUse Depot

Going Greener report

The Council of Ontario Universities' Going Greener report highlights sustainability efforts across Ontario universities. OCAD University has been highlighted in each report.

Quick facts

OCAD U has documented and diverted over 40,000 lbs* of electronic waste from Toronto landfill sites. A certificate of Destruction guarantees these electronics are dismantled in Ontario or repurposed for local community groups. As part of this sustainable practice, our recycling company has planted 158 trees* in OCAD U's name. (*Data compiled from 2008 to 2013.)

OCAD U set campus copiers to double-sided printing in 2008. This has potentially reduced our annual paper consumption by 100 cartons of paper and saved 60 trees each year.