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Sustainable development

Université Laval has always taken steps to preserve and improve quality of life without compromising that of generations to come. Today, UL integrates sustainable development into its everyday operations, encouraging and supporting student initiatives and offering an introduction to sustainable development issues in all its undergraduate programs. As a UL student, you can also contribute to sustainable development by starting a project or participating in existing initiatives.

Programs with a strong SD focus

Sustainability principles and concepts are more present than ever in UL teaching and learning activities and have been incorporated into the content of more than 350 courses. UL is constantly striving to strengthen its SD educational offerings and promote itself as a local and international centre for learning in SD, especially in the French-speaking world.

Explore our SD-related programs

Sustainable development profile

The Sustainable Development Profile consists of 12 credits integrated into your program of studies. This option is designed to give you interdisciplinary experience in solving problems related to sustainable development issues and teach skills you can use to set yourself apart and get a job related to your values—all without extending your studies.

Find out more about the sustainable development profile

A carbon-neutral university

After years of sustained effort, Université Laval became the first university in Canada and Québec to voluntarily achieve carbon neutrality by massively reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and using the Montmorency Forest carbon sink and carbon credit purchases to offset the rest. UL earned STARS accreditation and ranks 2nd in the world and first in Canada for its concrete sustainability actions.

Learn about the Plan to Fight Climate Change

Montmorency Forest

Montmorency Forest, the world’s largest teaching and research forest, represents 50 years of science endeavour to improve sustainable forest management practices.

The Forest is an open-air lab that is used year round for hands-on courses and research, particularly in the fields of forestry, geodetics, biological sciences, and fish and game management.

Discover the Montmorency Forest

Gene-H.-Kruger Building

Made entirely of wood, the Gene-H.-Kruger building is a state-of-the art green facility dedicated to wood engineering teaching and research. Impressive and bright, it is made entirely of non-polluting, non-toxic, and renewable materials and is also equipped with a rainwater collection system. It uses 25% less energy than a concrete building of the same size.

Learn more about wood and forest sciences