Niagara College

Committing Member

Niagara College has two main campuses, in Welland and in Niagara-on-the-Lake, with just over 10,000 students enrolled during the 2012 school year. The campuses span 200 acres, and feature wetlands, natural and landscaped gardens, ecological lagoons, walking trails and a 40-acre teaching vineyard surrounded by a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. As a leading post-secondary institution with a reputation for innovative environmental programs and applied research, Niagara College is committed to developing a culture of sustainability and integrating its knowledge within the college community.

In 2011, Niagara College adopted a strategic goal to incorporate sustainability into the operations, policies, and procedures as well as employee and student engagement. The Sustainability Committee is dedicated to implementing various sustainable projects on both campuses including biodiversity, energy, globalization, grounds, waste, and student and staff engagement initiatives.

Baseline Year:


2016 GHG Emissions:

5,046 tCO2e

Reduction Target:

20% Absolute

Recent Goals & Focus Areas


Recent Sustainable Projects

NOTL Campus Lighting Improvements (2015)

The lighting improvements made at the NOTL campus resulted in savings of 1,179,692 kWh and $153,000 saved annually, with a 0.3 year payback period.

Welland Campus Lighting Improvements (2015)

Improving the lighting at Welland Campus saved 60,944 kWh and $7,922 annually, with a 0.6 year payback period.

Niagara Falls Campus Lighting Improvements (2015)

These improvements resulted in saving 21,811 kWh and $2,983 annually, with a 2.6 year payback period.

“Turn It Off” Campaign (2015)