Royal Roads University was founded on and continues to be guided by the concept of sustainability as defined by the Brundtland Report in 1987.

At RRU we endeavour to meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

Sustainability is not only intrinsically linked to RRU’s teaching and research mandate, it is a challenge that calls for the kind of interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving at which Royal Roads excels.

The Office of Sustainability works in collaboration with the academic, operational and communication divisions of the university to identify opportunities to improve the university’s sustainability performance. Further, the office provides support for student projects and sustainability-focused research, and develops and nurtures partnerships within the community.

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One of the goals set out in the Royal Roads University Strategic Direction is to be “a leader for sustainable stewardship of our historic lands.”

The Office of Sustainability is proud to directly contribute to the university’s responsible stewardship of  ecological, historical and ancestral significance sites on campus. This stewardship is the result of the university’s ongoing collaboration with the Xwsepsum and Lekwungen families and the neighbouring Scia’new and T’Sou-ke families, as well as the communities of the Westshore.

Sustainability Performance

In 2010 RRU became the first university in Canada to participate in the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) achieving a Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Through the continuing efforts of the entire RRU community, that rating was improved to Gold in 2014.


Sustainability Action for the Environment (SAFE) Fund

The SAFE Fund was established by Royal Roads University faculty member Charles Krusekopf, to educate learners about greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts from their commute to the university. The fund supports sustainability projects and initiatives led by staff, students, alumni and faculty both on and off campus. Projects have included an educational sea turtle activity book for elementary students in Hawaii, a worm composting education system at the YMCA Academy in Toronto and nest boxes for Western Screech Owls in the Kootenays.

If you're interested in donating to the SAFE fund to support sustainability initiatives on and off campus, please visit our SAFE Fund donation page or contact the Royal Roads University Advancement Office.