Sustainability at George Brown College

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 greening efforts.

The College’s Commitment 

Two famile students are recycling bottles

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 Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at the 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.