Sustainability in our Operations

Targets and Reports

St Lawrence College has committed to meeting an 80% GHG emission reductions by 2050 in order to mitigate the effects of Climate Changes. SLC is a proud member of the Green Economy Kingston program offered through Sustainable Kingston. For our efforts in 2017 and 2018, SLC received the award for Greatest Amount of GHG Emission Reduction from the Green Economy Kingston.

Energy Reduction Efforts

  • Energy Efficient lighting retrofit – ongoing replacement program
  • Tri Campus Level 2 Energy Audits in 2018
  • Tri- Campus Level 3 Energy Audits (detailed) is planned for 2020

Sustainable Energy

Solar PV

In 2012, St. Lawrence College decided to participate in the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Feed-in Tariff program by installing rooftop solar PV systems at both their Kingston and Brockville campuses. The College’s goals for this project were two-fold: generate power and revenue through the OPA Feed-inTariff program, and provide students with the best, most leading edge learning experience possible.

Since the College wanted to utilize the solar pv system in Kingston as an innovative learning tool for its students, much thought was put into how to maximize the design and the learning experience.

At the time of connection to the grid in 2012, the St. Lawrence College Project was the first of its kind in any post-secondary institution in Canada.

The project holds the record for being the:

  • first post-secondary FIT project installed in Ontario
  • the largest post-secondary solar project in Canada (at the time of connection to the grid)

The Kingston campus consists of over 1,128 panels with an actual annual revenue of $216,000. The Brockville campus consists of 442 panels with an actual annual revenue of $76,000 per year. This incentive rate is a guaranteed until 2032.

Waste Diversion


Every year, two wastes audits conducted to help determine plans to reduce, reuse, recycle or repurpose materials where possible. Our custodial staff have stopped using plastic bags in all office waste bins and we are working with our Campus Book Store to reduce plastic waste. Since the 2019-2020 plastic bags are no longer an options in our campus book stores.


We are committed reducing the amount of organic waste we send to landfills. Currently, we compost our back of house cafeteria waste on our Kingston and Cornwall Campuses and all of the food waste from our culinary program is composted.

Recycling Programs

We are working with Ontario Electronic Stewardship to provide permeant E-Waste Bins on all three Campuses and we are collaborating with Green Circle Salon, and our Hairstyling and Esthetics Programs. Green Circle Salon is a hair salon-recycling program that diverts recyclable & repurposes hair clippings, used foils, color-tubes, excess hair color, papers and plastics, glass, and spa waste, and divert them from landfills and waterway.

We are a smoke free campus, but provide cigarette butt recycling receptacles and recycling them with TerraCycle.

Our Kingston Campus is also collaborating with local charity to offer convenient donation bin for staff and student to donate old clothes or household items.

How We Recycle

SLC Supports Springfield Farms

LEED Buildings

Student Life and Innovation Centre

Our 80,000ft2 new build is target LEED Gold designation through the Canada Green Building Council. The new build includes; double gymnasium, eight change rooms, therapy room, athletics office, and a student pub, a large venue space that can be subdivided into three equal spaces, or opened as a single space. The building features a deck to the outside from the large venue space and fitness space, 12 private study rooms, storage, and washrooms. Energy efficient features include:

  • Geothermal Exchange System
  • Heat Recovery of Exhaust Air Systems
  • Lighting Controls and LED Lighting
  • Efficient Windows and Envelope
  • Window blind control
  • Reflective Roof Membrane

During construction, 90% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and 100% of the wood used in construction was sustainability harvested

Newcourt House

Built in the early 1840’s for the Honorable Hamilton Killaly, Welland Canal Engineer, and Chairman of Public works at the time. The property and land was also used as a farm by Ontario’s “Asylum for the Insane at Kingston” and used to produce food for the local hospital system.

Today, the historical building houses SLC’s Centre for Behavioral Studies and in 2018, it underwent its first major renovation. Working under the LEED Building standards, and compiling with the Historic Society in Kingston, this building will consume 56% less energy and reduce Green House Gas emission by 60%.