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Climate Action Plan

Achieving carbon neutrality by 2040

Our baseline

We analyze our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

  • All goals and targets in this plan are relative to our emissions in 2014-15, the date of our last GHG emissions inventory. We will be performing regular GHG emissions inventory to track our progress.
  • In 2014-15, Concordia’s total emissions were 18,767 tonnes CO2e:
    • Emissions from direct (on-site) sources equalled 9,412 tonnes CO2e (-7.2% compared to 2010-11)
    • Emissions from electricity equalled 248 tonnes CO2e (+16.8% compared to 2010-11, due to a shift towards electric heating systems)
    • Emissions from indirect sources — such as Concordia students, faculty and staff commuting to and from campus — equalled 9,107 tonnes CO2e (-23.1% compared to 2010-11); please note that we do not currently measure all of our emissions from indirect sources
two students eating at Buzz Cafe on Loyola Campus

We review and continuously improve our building and energy efficiency

  • Buildings were responsible for approximately 48 per cent of overall GHG emissions in 2014-15.
  • We have three LEED certified buildings, with a fourth soon to be added.
  • Concordia has been ranked the most energy efficient of Quebec’s six major universities for 21 consecutive years.

We promote sustainable transportation

  • 93 per cent of students and 84 per cent of employees at Concordia use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation, including walking, cycling and public transportation.
  • The Concordia community has access to a 15 per cent rebate on an annual BIXI bicycle sharing membership every year.
  • The secure indoor bicycle parking facility at Sir George Williams Campus allows users to keep their bicycles safe and dry.
  • Our community efforts to promote cycling have been rewarded: both campuses earned Vélo Québec’s VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE Silver certification in 2020.
  • Faculty and staff travelling for work or to attend conferences are encouraged to travel by train to nearby cities (Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec City) and will be reimbursed for their business-class train travel regardless of comparative cost with airline travel.

We invest sustainably:

  • The Concordia University Foundation became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in 2018. The foundation has a fully integrated Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) investment policy, which is applied to all its investments.

Drafting Committee

The committee members below worked between June 2018 and May 2019 to draft the 20-year goals and five-year targets and strategies of the stream plans. Concordia then consulted with key stakeholders to determine the feasibility and impact of their recommendations, which allowed for the prioritization and budgeting of the plans.

Note that titles reflect members’ designated roles at the time of their work on the committee.

Chair: Damon Matthews (Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment; Concordia Research Chair, Climate Science and Sustainability)

Coordinator: Cassandra Lamontagne (Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability)


  • Amr Addas (Lecturer, JMSB Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate program)
  • Andreas Athienitis (Professor, Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Concordia Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies)
  • Craig Townsend (Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment)
  • Dan Gauthier (Building Performance Coordinator, Facilities Management)
  • Faisal Shennib (Environmental Specialist, Facilities Management)
  • Hilary Asaba (Buyer, Procurement Services)
  • Kevin Gould (Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment)
  • Lucy Szablak (Senior Engineer, Facilities Management)
  • Marc Gauthier (Treasurer and Investment Officer, Office of Treasurer)
  • Mark Underwood (CEO, Sustainability Action Fund)
  • Nicolas Chevalier (Member, Divest Concordia)
  • Olivier Bemmann (Energy Management Coordinator, Properties Management)
  • Vanessa Macri (General Coordinator, Sustainable Concordia)
    As of January 2019: Emily Carson-Apstein (External Coordinator, Sustainable Concordia)


For questions about the Climate Action Plan, contact Cassandra Lamontagne:

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