La Tasse project

La Tasse project

Bishop’s University is taking another step towards reducing waste on its beautiful campus. As much as members of our community love their coffee, we love reducing our environmental footprint even more. An easy step to do so was to figure out a way to reduce disposable cups on our campus. The environmental club often hosts Bring your own mug events, and these showed the interest of students and faculty to make a difference together by increasing the awareness about how much waste is generated by coffee cups.

This spring, a proposal to participate in the La Tasse project was presented to the Green Levy fund and the Sustainable Development Action Group voted unanimously to launch this project as early as summer 2019. In partnership with Sodexo, the project will put reusable and refundable mugs in circulation everywhere on campus. The consumers who want to take part in this project will be able to pay $5 to get a mug and get it refunded when they return it to any participating establishment. The cup will then be washed and put back into circulation.

Three easy steps to remember:

Bring the mug at any participating establishment and:

  • get a refund of your $5 deposit;
  • or receive a clean mug for your new drink;
  • or reuse your mug for your new drink.

Learn more about the project on their website.

Community Fridge

Did you know that Bishop’s NOW has a COMMUNITY FRIDGE?

The Sustainable Development Action Group, in cooperation with Bishop’s Alumna Camie Lamarche, the Bishop’s University Environmental Club, and AgroBishops, recently debuted a community fridge project to reduce food waste on campus!

Their goal is to help share fresh food that will not be consumed and would otherwise end up in the garbage. Come check it out in the SUB lobby and bring your extra fruits and veggies. Unopened dairy products, sealed packaged items, canned goods and other non-perishables are also appreciated as long as they’re still fit to eat (no fresh meat or fish, please). There’s wooden shelving under the fridge for non-perishables. When it comes to quality, use your judgment and only offer food you would be happy to receive yourself.

Follow their Facebook page to stay posted on what’s happening.

BU Community Fridge:

BU Community Fridge poster

Bottled Water Free Campaign

This student-led initiative of a campus free of plastic water bottles was spearheaded by the Environment Club and supported by SDAG. The countless hours of research and awareness education they performed helped the entire Bishop’s community to better understand the negative environmental impact of drinking bottled water. The bottle water free team informed Bishop’s students of the social, environmental, economic and health outcomes that accompany the production, consumption, waste and policies of bottled water.

The Environment Club wrote and implemented a 2-year plan for making Bishop’s a bottle water free campus. The plan was presented with a campaign which included a presentation given by students and guest speakers, many informative posters and booths and finally a Rock-4-Water concert. Thanks to the support of the Bishop’s student body and community, we were able to achieve our goal of a plastic water bottle free campus.

Take a look at the documents that helped make this student project successful:

The Water Bottle Free commemorative art mural in the S.U.B.
The Water Bottle Free commemorative art mural in the S.U.B.


In 2008, Bishop’s started a Geothermal project to replace the old steam heating and cooling system, which operated on natural gas and oil, by a new system running on natural energy from the earth. This project allowed Bishop’s to take advantage of cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy.

With technological advancements we no longer need to be located next to tectonic plate boundaries to access geothermal energy. Below our very own Abbott soccer field are 57 geothermal wells drilled 160m in depth which tap into the thermal energy emanating from the earth. Heat pumps were then installed on campus to transform this low grade thermal energy into high grade usable power. Finally we installed an underground energy loop connecting all of Bishop’s buildings to the main central energy plant.

Our new source of geothermal power consists of 25% electricity from Hydro-Québec and 75% from free underground thermal energy. Bishop’s is currently saving more than 2300 tons of CO2 per year compared to our 2006 consumption, and more than 1 million cubic meters of natural gas per year (equivalent to heating 337 big single family houses at 2,000 sq.ft. each).

This effort made Bishop’s University the first geothermal district heating system in Canada.

For more details, see the following documents:

Carbon Care Certified Campus

Carbon Care Certified Campus

As of February 2014, Bishop’s has become a Carbon Care Certified Campus. By attaining the Carbon Care Certification, Bishop’s has demonstrated its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its responsibility to preventing climate change.

With the help of the Sherbrooke Enviro-Accès consulting firm, Bishop’s is demonstrating its commitment to local, sustainable development by quantifying its total direct greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon capture factor of our woodlands. Check out the Greenhouse Gases Inventory Report (PDF) and presentation (in French) from 2012 to see a detailed account of our GHG emissions and the steps Bishop’s has taken to improve sustainability on campus.

Waste Management Program

Bishop’s Waste Management Program was adopted on February 2, 2018 and is to be revised every three years. Based on the 3R Principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), the program aims at reducing the amount of waste that goes to the landfill up until only the ultimate waste remains, that which cannot be reused, recycled or composted.

If you want to get involved in the waste management initiative, please contact the Sustainable Development Student Intern at

Waste Management Program (PDF)


Eco-Week is designed to promote and share ecological knowledge with the Bishop’s and Lennoxville community.  This interactive week is organised by the BU Environmental Club and consists of various forms of media such as film screenings, guest speakers and a round table, to generate open discussions among faculty, students and the community.

For more information, contact the BU Environmental Club.

Lennoxville Farmers’ Market

The Lennoxville Farmers’ Market was established by our very own Professor Bardati. The aim of this initiative is to bring quality fruits, vegetables, and other goods from within a 50km radius of Lennoxville to its citizens. This aids in creating a sense of community, provides buyers with product knowledge (where it comes from, how it’s grown, who grows it), supports small scale farms and reduces transport emissions and the need for preserving chemicals. Visit their website for more information.

ECO Floor

The ECO Floor, part of the Living Learning Communities of Residence Life, was created for students with a passion for the environment and a love of nature, who wish to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Details and application form to join the ECO Floor is found on the Residence website.

Gaiter Gears and Snowshoes

Thanks to the efforts of the BU Environmental Club and SDAG we were able to assemble Bishop’s first bicycle and snowshoe rental fleet. The aim of this project is to provide sustainable recreational activities to all. Biking and snowshoeing create minimal negative impacts on the environment, whilst rental fees are kept within their respective accounts in order to maintain and purchase new equipment. The goal is to create a self-sustaining project.

Drop by Patterson to rent a bike, or contact Residence for prices and regulations.

Stop by the Sportsplex in the winter to rent some snowshoes!

Fair Trade Coffee

Fair Trade Canada

During the 2009-2010 school year, SDAG and the Dinning Committee researched and replaced Bishop’s coffee with Fairtrade certified coffee. By purchasing fair trade coffee, Bishop’s demonstrates its commitment to supporting proper pricing of products (through floor pricing and premiums) for small scale farms and their laborers in the volatile international coffee market. This creates strong, long-term trading relationships between partners.

Tray-less Cafeteria

This student led initiative with help from Sodexo, was able to remove trays in Dewhurst Cafeteria. With no trays, students are forced to make thoughtful food choices, instead of filling their trays with food that goes to waste. This project has reduced food waste, water and energy consumption.

Peter D. Curry Conservation Project

In 1989, Bishop’s University approached Ducks Unlimited Canada to establish a wetland conservation project on University Grounds using a donation received from Mr. Peter D. Curry, a former student and longtime Ducks Unlimited supporter.

The site chosen for the project is located in the eastern section of the Bishop’s campus, adjacent to open countryside and near the St. Francis River. The quiet location, with its adjacent fields, proximity to wooded areas and to the river, offers a potentially attractive site for waterfowl and had the advantage of being situated close enough to campus to provide an easily accessible and easily controlled field laboratory and observation area.

Peter D. Curry Conservation Project (PDF)

Pedestrian Friendly Campus

Throughout campus, roadways are being altered to encourage a non-motorized campus.  The roadway extending from the library to the intersection near Morris House is prohibited for regular vehicles (access is allowed for emergencies, deliveries and security). The Campus Master Plan includes measures to minimize motorized transport within the heart of the Campus.

Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable transportation sits in the first objective of our SD plan as it is closely linked with carbon emission reduction ! See below some initiatives :

Bishop’s is also working on a plan to increase the amount of racks available on campus !