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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Ontario Tech University among North American post-secondary leaders for sustainability-focused practices

Ontario Tech rises again in the Sustainable Campus Index rankings

Rain barrel at Ontario Tech University's Windfields Farm location.
Rain barrel at Ontario Tech University's Windfields Farm location.

Throughout Ontario Tech University’s first 20 years, one of its indisputable key traditions and legacies is its internationally recognized commitment to sustainability, all managed under the scope of its Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability (OCIS).

On a wide range of metrics, including energy consumption, water usage, waste management, recycling, transportation, campus engagement and more, the OCIS Go Green program has long championed a powerful reputation for campuswide environmental responsibility.

In the latest rankings report from the Philadelphia-based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), released in early September, Ontario Tech has not only retained its Gold rating from AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), but has also jumped two places over last year on the Top-10 list as a Top-Performing Master's Institution (universities in this category are defined as conferring at least 50 master's degrees annually, but fewer than 20 doctoral degrees). In this grouping, Ontario Tech now ranks an impressive No. 7 in all of North America.

The 2022 AASHE Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) is a voluntary framework used by universities and colleges to measure, report and strengthen their contributions to sustainability. The index recognizes top-performing North American universities and colleges in 17 distinct impact areas.

Further Top 10 subcategory SCI rankings for Ontario Tech

In addition to the prestigious Gold SCI rating in the SCI and the No. 7 placing as a Master's Institution, Ontario Tech also ranked No. 3 in the category of Purchasing, for choosing environmentally and socially preferable commodity-specific products (electronics, cleaning, paper), and supporting companies with strong commitments to sustainability. It also placed No. 10 in the Campus Engagement category, for co-curricular activities that allow students, faculty and staff to deepen and apply their understandings of sustainability principles through such initiatives as orientations, outreach materials and campaigns.

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“Ontario Tech is exceptionally proud of its campus sustainability initiatives and how these programs have helped shape the university’s evolving legacy. This index confirms how Ontario Tech is walking the walk as one of North America’s leaders in environmental responsibility, and how the outstanding support from the entire campus community continues to reinforce our collective commitment to the highest standards possible for sustainability.”
-Ken Bright, Director, Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability, Ontario Tech University

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