Sustainable Development at Bishop’s University

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We at BU understand the urgency of the climate crisis and have committed to being part of the solution as outlined in our ambitious Sustainable Development Plan. We have a responsibility to protect our 550-acre campus located on the unceded territory of the Abenaki, reduce our footprint, and stimulate education and participation from our community. We promote sustainability as an overarching principle for all our activities and strategic priorities and seek to integrate principles of sustainability into our academic programs and our individual and institutional activities. We have a goal to becoming carbon neutral by the year 2030 and we intend to meet this target!


Bishop’s Sustainable Development Plan

Planting 10,500 trees, reducing car traffic on campus, promoting grass roots initiatives, purchasing responsibly… these are just some of the initiatives in our Sustainable Development Plan. We encourage you to read it and join us!

Overview of the greenhouse
Be the change you want to see!

Green Levy Fund

From being one of the first campus in Canada to ban the sale of water bottles on campus, to our investments in a geothermal energy solution that has reduced our CO2 emissions by 2300 tons per year compared to 2006, Bishop’s University strives to be a leader in sustainability. If you have a project to help Bishop’s achieve its goals, you may be eligible for funding. The Green Levy Fund is open to all students and has two submission dates annually, November 1st and February 1st. The jury consists of the members of the Sustainable Development Action Group (SDAG). We want to hear from you!

Fair Trade Campus
Proud to be a

Fair Trade Campus

Bishop’s University is proud to offer Fair Trade certified products.

Tree planting group in Fall 2021
We made it!

Bishop’s University Achieves Carbon Neutrality Ahead of 2030 Target

Bishop’s has reduced its GHG emissions from owned and controlled sources as well as from purchased energy by more than 50% since 2007. This significant milestone allows us today to achieve net-zero emissions seven years before our goal mainly as a result of three key initiatives. Want to know more?

Student-led Clubs


Want to get involved with an existing club and make a difference? Or maybe start your own? Student clubs are an amazing way to meet new people, learn new skills, or test new ideas.

B.U. Environmental Club

A student led club that organizes activities and events about environmental issues on campus. They promote sustainable lifestyle and educate the community throughout workshops and activities about transportation, waste and responsible consumption.

Bishop’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Club

An academic club with ties to Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program, promoting local food consumption, ecological agriculture, urban gardening and food sovereignty.

Bishop’s Bees

An apiculture club that promotes ecological bee keeping practices. The students involved have the chance to experience hive management and honey extraction.

B.U. Outdoors Club

A student-led club that promotes outdoors activities! Being frequently in contact with nature is a pillar of environmental education and care for conservation!

Students working in the brewery


Bishop’s offers a diverse array or programs to help develop the environmental leaders of tomorrow. Take a look and find the right choice for you.

Greenhouse at Bishop's University


Bishop’s offers dozens of courses across multiple departments that are tied to understanding climate, sustainability and our environment. Browse through the many opportunities and complement your schedule and your studies with these different perspectives.

Darren Bardati


With an active and evolving Educational Farm located on campus, Bishop’s is providing leading research in critical areas of sustainability. This research leads to direct experiential learning opportunities for students.

Meet the Team

Isabelle Goyette

Isabelle Goyette – Vice-Principal Finance and Administration

Isabelle oversees Sustainable Development priorities on campus and considers the environment in the institution’s administration and operations.

Laurence Williams

Laurence Williams – Sustainable Development Advisor

Laurence coordinates the actions and projects related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Plan.

Sustainable Development Student Interns (SDSI)

The SDSI role is made possible thanks to the generous contributions of the Elizabeth Harvey Memorial Sustainable Development Fund and the Kruger Inc. Sustainable Development Internship Fund.

Charles Beaudet

Charles Beaudet

Environmental Representative for the SRC

Frédérique LeBlanc Piette

Frédérique LeBlanc Piette

Sustainable Development Student Intern (SDSI)

Mélodie Anderson

Mélodie Anderson

Sustainable Development Graduate Intern (SDGI)

Why Bishop’s buys social economy

Watch this video to learn why Bishop’s University chooses to buy from social economy businesses (video in French).

Want to know more or get involved with Sustainability @ BU?

We have many opportunities open to students, faculty, and staff who want to get involved in improving sustainability on campus, including but not limited to; FairTrade Campus, tree care and biodiversity, sustainable waste management, responsible investments, sustainable transportation and more.