Welcome to Sustainable Seneca


The sustainable Seneca is one of the three pillars of Au Large, along with the equitable Seneca and the more virtual Seneca.

With the release of its first sustainability plan, Seneca is focusing on four priority themes: leadership, community, education and research, and operations.

It isn’t starting from scratch (check out Awards and Recognition). Its plan builds on the work of the Sustainable Seneca Committee and connects its actions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Seneca’s commitment to sustainability is seen in academic programs, services, applied research and physical spaces. This has been recognized by a silver STARS rating from the Association of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Sustainability is a complex objective that goes well beyond the environment. It also includes social equity, cultural vitality and economic responsibility. Everyone
at Seneca has a role to play. And, together, the institution is accepting the challenge to build the sustainable Seneca.

Sustainable Seneca
Sustainable Development Goals

Actions for 2021-2026

To integrate sustainability into everything Seneca does, four priority themes have been identified to establish a foundation for a co-ordinated, strategic and collaborative approach to sustainability:

Sustainable Seneca in Numbers


sustainable-focused courses based on the last STARS audit 

2 million

bees buzzing in 50 hives on three campuses


heads of lettuce produced each semester on campus in Seneca’s Urban Farm


Tesla Model S equate to the weight of waste that Seneca diverts from landfill annually


electric vehicle charge ports installed at King and Newnham campuses


kilograms of compost created yearly at Newnham Campus