Education and Research

Education & Research

The University of Guelph prides itself in being an institute for sustainability.  Not only has the institute educated students through our sustainability initiatives, but also in the classroom as well.  There are currently 259 sustainability courses to choose from and this number is expected to continue growing. 

Here are lists of Sustainability-Focused Courses and Sustainability-Related Courses offered at the University of Guelph. 

Sustainability-Focused Courses are about sustainability and/or understanding or solving major sustainability challenges

Sustainability-Related Courses have a different primary focus but incorporate sustainability into the class content.


Student Research Projects

These are a list of studies that have been done by students at the University of Guelph, in partnership with the Sustainability Office.


ICON Ideas Congress ICON is a transdisciplinary course that matches students and community partners to work on a challenge related to sustainability. Over the past two semesters they have been working to reduce single-use plastics at the University of Guelph and within the City of Guelph. For more information, visit

University of Guelph Waste Audit: Maritime Hall Student Residence (2014)

Adopt-A-Bin Report (ENVS 2013)

Waste Diversion Initiative at the University Centre Report (2012) 

Analyzing and identifying barriers to recycling attitudes and behaviors of students in the south residence of the University of Guelph (2010)