Campus Sustainability

History of Sustainability at Acadia»

Over the past decade sustainability has become increasingly integrated in all areas of campus activity at Acadia. Students, faculty and staff have all played a sigifcant role in helping make Acadia a living model of social, economic and environmental sustainability. The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, the Acadia Community Farm, Trayless dining and the annual campus sustainability week event are just a few accomplishments.


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Waste Management»

Acadia has an advanced waste management system in place to divert a significant amount of waste from landfills in Nova Scotia each year. On average the diversion rate on campus is between 70-80%. The University has been recognized with several waste management awards, including the Institute of the Year Award by RRFB Nova Scotia in 2004. All members of the Acadia community have a part to play in ensuring we manage waste responsibly and protect the natural environment.   


Acadia Holiday Energy Management Program "Keep it Cool Acadia"»

To conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut expenses due to rising fuel and electricity costs Acadia implemented an energy management program in all facilities over the holiday break in 2009. This initiative is now an annual program.


Recycle Mania

RecycleMania is a friendly competition among colleges and universities in North America and Canada. During 8 weeks each spring, schools compete to reduce waste, increase recycling and raise awareness of resource conservation issues across campus.


AASHE Membership

Acadia became a member of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2007. AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to facilitate a sustainable future. AASHE aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities. Membership entitles all Acadia faculty, staff and students to numerous benefits. Membership Benefits 

Acadia Sustainability Assessment

The Acadia Sustainability Assessment is the first comprehensive review of the status of sustainability across all areas of the institution.

Acadia Sustainability Assessment - June 2009


Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework (CSAF)

The Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework aims to quantify Acadia University's ecological, economic, and social sustainability practices and then set goals that will eventually place Acadia at the forefront of environmental stewardship. We invite you to review the following documents to further your understanding of this assessment.

CSAF Executive Summary

Faculty Guide (PDF)

CSAF - it fits with the Strategic Plan for Acadia University (academic core) and the Wolfville Sustainability Initiative


Other Reports

Campus Sustainability Workshop Report:  Acadia Environmental Society