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Sustainability Poster
Sustainability Forum 2015. Participants respond to the prompt, "My commitment to sustainability is..." — Poster by Ayomide Sami- Orungbe.

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  • What's your commitment to sustainability?
  • What are the possibilities at OCAD U?

Share your thoughts: contact Victoria Ho, Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives at



"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
- Arundhati Roy



Sustainability at OCAD U

A joint proposal to integrate Sustainability with Diversity & Equity Initiatives was developed in February 2014 by Vice-President, Finance and Administration; IT Services; and Diversity & Equity Initiatives. It was supported by the Sustainability Working Group (now the Sustainability Committee) and by the Educational and Employment Equity Committee.

This shift reflects OCAD University’s institutional commitment to developing and advancing a vision of "just sustainability" that foregrounds equity and creates new ways of understanding and acting that strengthen communities; build social capacity and economic strength; and promote positive transformation and change. Incorporating sustainability into an office that is arms-length from the administration and reports to the president will enhance the profile of sustainability and will assist in meeting the strategic priority of developing and implementing an institution-wide sustainability plan that promotes constituent engagement. 

There is a long history of sustainability at OCAD U and sustainability initiatives must be informed, shaped and driven by the subject matter expertise of faculty, staff and students. As such, ODESI welcomes your participation as we expand the work of the Sustainability Committee to ensure that key constituents and thought leaders are involved in developing and advancing OCAD U’s vision of sustainability and the mandate of sustainability in ODESI.

Our services are available to all OCAD U students, employees, visitors and volunteers. The office does not advocate for any individual or group. The office advocates for fairness and for an inclusive community, where dignity and human rights of all its members are respected and upheld.


Contact Victoria Ho (, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives with questions and/or suggestions!


Sept 28: Climate Action Week Solutions Summit

Sept 20-27: Global Climate Strike

Sept 18: Honey harvest from rooftop hive

June 26: Climate & Chill, student drop-in

May 31: Sustainability Committee Retreat - Annual Strategic Planning

Mary 14: Faculty of Art Curriculum Days - Sustainability Workshop

April 22: Earth Day

March 12: OCAD U Repair Cafe

March 12: Sustainability Committee Meeting (quarterly)

Jan 9: Research Wednesdays - Sustainability design internship



Aug 16, 2018

Ontario Climate Symposium: Adaptive Urban Habitats by Design, Oct 11-12 at OCAD U

Registration is open! Get your ticket before they run out.
Text reads Adaptive Urban Habitats by Design, Oct 11-12 at OCAD U, encircled by images associated with urban sustanability - trees, buildings, bicycles, people

Aug. 9, 2018


We're hiring student monitors for Fall 2018! Check out OCAD U's job board for two postings:
- Graphic design and communications
- Events and outreach

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply today!


June 21, 2018

2018-19 BIPOC Student Reps needed!

The Sustainability Committee is looking for BIPOC student representatives (identifying as Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of Colour) for the 2018-19 Academic Year. These positions are intended to address the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous communities in sustainability decision-making. The Committee’s goal is to achieve widespread participation and to inform and advance the organization change strategies needed to continue a transition to a sustainable university. Learn more: Sustainability Committee Terms of Reference

Time commitment and responsibilities:
The Sustainability Committee meets four times a year for 1.5 hours.  The role also draws on members’ expertise for special projects. Special projects may include sustainability input into OCAD U’s Creative City Campus sustainability strategy; Academic Planning; and social events to mobilize sustainability knowledge across campus.

2 positions are open. Students are offered an honorarium of $300 for participation in the 18/19 academic year. Black and Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Interested? Please send a short statement (1-2 paragraphs) about why you want to join the Sustainability Committee to Victoria Ho, Sustainability Coordinator, at  

March 6, 2017

OCAD U supports the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing
The OCAD U Board of Governors has added Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into investment decision-making. The newly passed Statement of Investment Principles and Guidelines states support of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing and acknowledges that long-term returns is dependent on stable, well-functioning and well governed social, environmental and economic systems.