Laurentian University is one of the first universities in the country to sign on to the Paris Pledge for Action — an international promise to be more sustainable, based on the recent Paris climate conference, COP21.
Laurentian's manager of energy and sustainability said the pledge does not carry any specific environmental targets or goals for institutions to meet. But signing it is still a symbolic move to show the university's ongoing commitment towards sustainability.
"We're pretty confident that we're committing to reducing our footprint and meeting a lot of the pledges, so we thought signing it just really made sense for us," Kati McCartney said.
McCartney said Laurentian plants trees, encourages students moving out of residence to donate clothes, and promotes the use of reusable mugs.
The university is also involved in environmental research, and has been trying to make campus more sustainable, by changing lighting and heating methods.
She said the symbolic pledge is a commitment by more than 1,000 organizations, to meet or surpass the goals set by different countries at the Paris climate talks.