Welcome to George Brown College’s Green Pages on-line.
This site includes information about the College’s Green Plan and initiatives to adopt sustainable
practices in our operations and facilities and to integrate the principles of sustainable development into
curriculum, applied research and community forums.
It includes a summary of the College’s ongoing Green Team work to reduce our ecological footprint and
includes resources that can be used by members of the College community to contribute to these
The College’s Commitment
A key element in the College’s Road Map 2020 is the commitment to “Guide the financial and physical
resources of the organization so that it can grow responsibly and in a manner that enhances the college
environment to the benefit of the entire George Brown College community.” An important part of this is
the need to oversee stewardship of the college’s physical growth. That’s why the Green Plan sets the bar
high in terms of how the College can work to model environmental sustainability.
As George Brown College moves forward on its journey towards 2020, the College has also committed to
“create a college experience that enhances student satisfaction … by ensuring resources are used as
responsibly, ethically and efficiently as possible.” As such, the College is committed to modeling best
practices to reduce its ecological footprint as one way to address the fundamental problems of
unsustainable development. Colleges have a major role in the education, research and information
exchange necessary to make the transition to an equitable and sustainable future for all.
Building on this theme, environmental sustainability of the College’s built environment supports the
College’s intention to “create campus environments that are innovative, creative and nurture
graduates… and to provide students with environments — inside and outside classrooms and labs —
that are highly conducive to learning”. As a LEED Gold certified building, the new Waterfront Campus is
a model for how the College will grow into the future, demonstrating best practices in terms of “green”,
high performance buildings that promote healthy indoor environments proven to increase learning
outcomes as well as to increase staff productivity.