Human Resources and Infrastructure


UTM will build sustainability into human resources and infrastructure management practices. 

Facilities/Built Environment

Goal 5.1

UTM will commit to a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction

  • By 2030, UTM will meet or exceed its commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 37 per cent from 2005 levels. Concurrently, UTM will carry out a plan to create a carbon neutral campus before 2050
  • By 2021, UTM will increase its use of renewable energy

Goal 5.2

UTM will continue applying a sustainability lens in building design and construction

  • By 2030, UTM will design and construct new buildings to a minimum LEED Gold standard, with aims of achieving Platinum status, under the Canadian Green Building Council guidelines

Goal 5.3

UTM will incorporate a reduction program for Scope 3 emissions

  • By 2025, UTM will create a mitigation program to reduce emissions from business-related air travel

Goal 5.4

UTM will protect natural habitats on campus

  • By 2021, using recommendations of the campus Master Plan, UTM will identify strategies for landscape and storm water management
  • By 2020, in collaboration with students and the Facilities Management team, UTM will assess campus spaces for vulnerable and endangered species
  • By 2025, UTM will implement environmentally friendly alternatives to road salt

Food and Dining

Goal 5.5

UTM will develop a formal strategy to reduce food waste on campus

  • By 2024, in collaboration with internal and external partners, UTM will achieve a 70 per cent diversion rate for its pre-consumer organics composting program in the kitchen eateries

Goal 5.6

UTM will ensure campus access to healthy, organic, local, and fair trade food and beverages, complete with vegetarian and vegan options

  • By 2030, UTM will implement programs that highlight our commitment to healthy food choices

Goal 5.7

UTM will support and celebrate food production programs on campus

  • By 2025, UTM will develop campus gardens and farms that promote a healthy lifestyle and offer educational opportunities
  • By 2021, UTM will affirm its support for student-led food growth initiatives


Goal 5.8

Undertake procurement and planning activities that promote social, environmental, and financial sustainability

  • By 2030, all UTM faculty, staff and librarians will apply a sustainability lens when planning procurement and making purchases


Goal 5.9

UTM will formally recognize the dedicated sustainability work of its community members

  • By 2021, UTM will introduce recognition awards for all UTM staff, faculty, librarians and students who showcase an outstanding commitment to sustainability

Goal 5.10

UTM will align campus efforts with a Community of Care model

  • By 2025, UTM will expand the sustainability dialogue through recruitment and on-boarding of students, staff, faculty and librarians

Goal 5.11

UTM will explore flexible work arrangements

  • By 2030, UTM will increase its flexible and teleworking arrangements by 25 per cent to limit transit emissions and reduce the mental stress of commuting

Goal 5.12

UTM will encourage internal collaboration to increase awareness of campus initiatives in well-being

  • By 2021, UTM will establish a new working group, responsible for creating an action plan to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, health, and wellness


Goal 5.13

UTM will implement waste management policies, programs, infrastructure, and receptacles to increase our diversion rate

  • By 2022, UTM will create a comprehensive Waste Management strategy

Goal 5.14

UTM will introduce new engagement initiatives for sustainability

  • By 2022, UTM will launch a communications strategy that encourages faculty, staff, students, and librarians to reduce waste, reuse items, and divert material from landfills


Goal 5.15

UTM will reduce reliance on single occupancy vehicles for campus commuting

  • By 2027, UTM will decrease the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting to campus by 10%

Goal 5.16

UTM will align all long-term strategies with approaches that support environmentally friendly transportation

  • By 2030, UTM will ensure that 50 per cent of the campus fleet uses alternative fuel options
  • By 2030, UTM will apply a centralized scheduling approach for effective use of campus space

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