Community Cleanups

Community Cleanups are events that take place in October, when Residence staff and students will walk around the Carleton/Ottawa community and collect waste. By joining this initiative, students can recognize the impacts that waste can have on the environment and discuss the importance of disposing waste appropriately.

Sustainable Gift Giving

Do you know that our conventional gifting practices produce so much waste – from energy-consuming production to unsustainable packaging? During the last week of November, Residence staff is presenting students with a Sustainable Gift Giving session, so we will enter the holiday season knowing how to take better care of our planet!

Residence-Wide Challenge

Don’t miss out on our month-long sustainability initiative in February! This is an excellent opportunity for Residence students to understand better their environmental resource consumption.

Earth Hour

We have been so used to the vibrant city lights, but have you ever noticed how our lights outshine those of the stars?

In March, turn off your lights, unplug your electronics, and join our Residence staff in a stargazing event at a location away from bright lights. Not only will you help reduce light pollution and save energy, but perhaps you will discover something fascinating in the sky!

Mindful Move Out

Every April thousands of students move out of residence, and sometimes items that could have been reused or recycled end up in the garbage. However, residence has created multiple initiatives to become more sustainable. The time leading up to move-out can be stressful with exams and final papers due, so it’s important to be proactive in terms of getting ready for move-out. Check out our Mindful Move Out Page to keep yourself organized!

Check out the Mindful Move Out Page, and download our Move Out Cleaning Checklist PDF so you can make sure the space is ready for incoming students and avoid any cleaning charges!

The Caf

Go Local Every day! On top of our Go Local Wednesday program which profiles locally sourced entrees and desserts, our menu features up to 30% local ingredients daily. We continue to work on increasing our local procurement and bring in more products from our community.

Get involved with our Fair Trade Carleton Club: We are proud to be a Fair Trade Designated Campus. We are always looking for students to join our Fair Trade Carleton Club to help with events and work towards offering more Fair Trade products on our campus, if you’re interested email us at . At the dining hall, we use all Fair Trade coffee, Four O-Clock Fair Trade tea, and Fair Trade sugar.

MSC Certified Seafood! We purchase Marine Stewardship Council certified seafood in the dining hall. Look for their logo to identify which menu items are featuring our sustainably sourced seafood options.

Meatless Options: Our menu offers a variety of plant based foods including vegetarian and vegan options clearly labelled across the dining hall, and a designated all vegan station featuring six plant based dishes that rotate daily.

Work With Us!: We love working with students on projects that are important to them! Reach out to Jane Skapinker at to inquire about opportunities to work with us on more sustainability initiatives.