Our climate commitments

Rise up to the challenge

This is a pivotal moment in time. The climate emergency needs everyone, across all sectors and communities. Globally and locally, the world needs urgent solutions that rapidly reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts we can no longer avoid. And, while climate change will impact everyone, the causes and impacts are profoundly unequal; justice and equity must be at the heart of climate solutions. Royal Roads will rise to the climate challenge  as a leader, an action-enabler and an ally.   

Our climate commitments

The actions we take today to address the climate crisis will reverberate well beyond the campus and our classrooms. Royal Roads' bold and ongoing action to address the climate crisis is part of our institutional DNA; we are dedicated to inspiring people with the courage to change the world. 

Royal Roads' leadership commitment to the climate emergency is a starting point for sustained climate action and engagement at all levels throughout the university and throughout the community.

Our Climate Action Plan 2022 – 2027 outlines goals, actions and targets that guide climate leadership at all levels. This includes commitments to:

  • achieve a net-zero campus by 2050 (65 per cent reduction by 2025, and 80 per cent reduction by 2030)
  • roll out nature-based Living Lab programs to engage the community, test solutions and immerse staff, faculty, and students in hands-on learning from the campus and the lands.
  • create a new Climate Action Hub as a physical and digital information centre, which supports existing programs, initiates new climate actions across the university, and builds momentum for action
  • increase RRU’s climate resilience by doing risk assessments and developing a climate preparedness and adaptation strategy within three years and sharing this knowledge with others
  • pilot innovative solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation
  • make climate change education and capacity building a core purpose and strategic direction for RRU’s academic mandate

Royal Roads will work with other alliances, groups and networks to find ways and means to lead provincial, national and international efforts on climate action. Prime among those alliances is the university’s commitment to Indigenous collaboration and paired governance to connect with Indigenous communities to identify their climate change plans and priorities, and collaborate on shared organizational and governance models.

Royal Roads is also part of Race to Zero, a global initiative for a zero carbon world.