Sustainability Progress Report

UTM’s Progress on the 10-year Sustainability Strategic Plan 

In 2020, UTM released a 10-year Sustainability Strategic Plan with the goal of fostering a culture of sustainability on campus for the UTM community to enjoy. A year later, UTM continues to hit the ground running collaborating with internal and external partners to either complete, start, or prepare the implementation of the goals outlined in the Plan. The Plan has five pillars: Academic Programs and Curriculum; Research; Campus Engagement; Civic Engagement; and Human Resources & Infrastructure. Each pillar has a set of goals, actions and timelines attributed to them, which guide the sustainability work amongst all teams on campus. Additionally, each goal is tied to The Sustainability, Tracking & Assessment Rating System (STARS), which is a global sustainability standard for higher education. UTM has earned a STARS gold rating in 2024 and is working towards achieving a platinum rating in the long term. 

The Plan is managed by the Sustainability Office and supported by the Principal’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (PSAC), and the many sub-committee working groups. These sub-committees are composed of a transdisciplinary group of students, staff, faculty and librarians who come together to discuss sustainability progress and initiatives across campus. 

Progress Report Cover Page 2022-2023

Over the past year, UTM has seen large progress in integrating sustainability principles into academics and curriculum, on-campus initiatives, and through engagement with stakeholders and the community. In the academic space, a new Certificate of Completion in Global Sustainability was launched, along with Campus as a Living Lab courses that provide students with experiential learning opportunities. 

On campus, there has been a plethora of sustainable initiatives that are in the works across departments at UTM. Some have a specific focus on waste management and diversion practices such as the OZZI program that is led by the Hospitality and Ancillary Services department and the 4-in-1 Envyrozone waste bins now fully rolled out across campus by the Sustainability Office. Over the year, engagement with UTM’s stakeholders was high through annual campus clean-ups with the City of Mississauga, Amazing Green Race with PEYA (Peel Environmental Youth Alliance), and the Adams Sustainability Celebration event "Our Changing Climate: The Story our Data is Telling Us About Climate in Mississauga" hosted at UTM in partnership with multiple community groups including Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). These are just a handful of success stories that the UTM community has achieved over the past year. For a detailed overview of the accomplishments thus far, check out the latest Sustainability Strategic Plan Progress Report. 

Read the previous Progress Report