Climate action & sustainability

Responding to the need for urgent action

Sustainability and climate action inform everything we do at Royal Roads University.

We recognize the urgent need to sustain our planet. We need decisive action, collaboration and innovative problem solving.

You'll see our commitment to action woven through our academic programs and research. You'll see it featured prominently our strategic vision. And you'll recognize it everywhere around you, in the way we care for our beautiful campus and grounds.

Commitment to action

Stewards of our campus

The spectacular Royal Roads campus sits on the lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) Nations.

We are committed to treating the land and one another with humility, kindness and respect. Protecting the campus's ecological, cultural and historical integrity is essential to the university's stewardship responsibilities, and to the well-being of the community.

We are committed to consulting and partnering with Xwsepsum and Lekwungen families to ensure respectful collaboration and ensure knowledge of the land's history is shared, promising that collaborative practices continue today and in the future on their traditional grounds.

Our work as an institution

Climate action and sustainability are challenges that call for the kind of interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving at which Royal Roads excels.

We're part of the global conversation, aligning our commitments with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Through our organizational plans, we've committed to advancing sustainability in our academic programs and operations. Our sustainability plan guided us from 2015 to 2020, and we have a new climate action plan in the works.

In 2019, Royal Roads established the Operations and Resilience portfolio to ensure sustainability and climate action are integrated throughout the university.

The Sustainability Impact Awards inspire research and projects with the potential to transform our communities.

Our work as educators

Critical issues such as the climate crisis demand new ways of thinking and doing.

The global challenge of sustainability brings with it new opportunities for collaboration across disciplines.

We also have programs that focus on climate change and sustainability. Learn more in our School of Environment and Sustainability.