• Actions Save Energy

    The UNBC community saved 78,000 kWh of electricity and 500 GJ of heat over the holidays by powering down electronics, lowering the heat and other measures. This saved $12,000 and enough energy to power 270 homes over the same period.

  • Fertilizer of the Future

    A first-of-its-kind study out of UNBC suggests that waste from municipalities and bioenergy plants can be combined to make an ideal fertilizer and help reduce the amount of material added to landfills.

  • The Plant is Platinum

    UNBC's Bioenergy Plant has achieved Platinum certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System from the Canada Green Building Council. It is the first LEED Platinum-certified university building in BC.

  • UNBC's Creates Specialty Paper
    UNBC Paper Uses Local Pulp

    The University of Northern British Columbia has created a specialty paper stock that combines pulp from northern BC with post-consumer recycled fibre.

  • UNBC Farmers' Market

    The University Farmers' Market is organized by students and happens on campus every Tuesday in the Northern University Student Centre.

  • Real Time Energy Monitor

    UNBC's energy monitor provides real-time data for energy usage across campus.

Welcome to UNBC's Green University Centre


In 2007, when UNBC trademarked itself as Canada’s Green University, we set ourselves on a course towards a more environmentally responsible existence. With each passing year the need to push forward with these efforts becomes more apparent. Although we are still in the early days of our effort to make our campus truly green, our successes have been recognized on several fronts:

  • First place for the top campus sustainability project in North America in 2010 by the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education
  • The Environmental Stewardship award for 2011 from the Clean Energy Association of BC,
  • Voted #1 in Canada by students for environmental commitment in 2011, and
  • One of Canada’s Greenest Employers, 2012.

We are known for our location in a spectacular region with an abundance of natural resources as well as the campus, the environmental focus of much of our teaching and research, and the interests of many of our students. We know that the environment sustains the economic, health, and cultural well-being of our communities and this is reflected in our teaching, research, and campus operations.
By being Canada’s Green University, we’re aiming to be a model for the country, leading the way to a more sustainable future.