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Our commitment to sustainability

NAIT is committed to environmental and social sustainability. We bring sustainability practices to our campuses, operations and programming. We support each other as we adapt to ever-changing realities because we know our individual and collective actions make a difference.

Sustainability guiding principles

  • Build towards a sustainable and modern “one campus+” model
  • Drive responsible financial planning to meet in-year objectives and future investments in learners, staff, technology and capital renewal
  • Evolve sustainable program mix while diversifying and growing our enrolment base
  • Integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) into NAIT’s decision-making and operations

Read NAIT's Sustainability Policy (pdf) Read NAIT's Institutional Strategic Plan

"Our vision at NAIT for sustainability is broad and inclusive. "

“It is both a process and an outcome, is integral to our NAIT culture, and includes environmental, social, governance and financial objectives. Every member of the NAIT community and every department is encouraged take on a leadership role safeguarding our shared future and the well-being of future generations.

Sustainable operations and programming are essential to make our vision of the NAIT Effect both real and lasting. We know and value that our stakeholders expect NAIT to uphold and champion sustainability in all aspects of our planning and operations.”

Laura Jo Gunter
NAIT President and CEO

NAIT President and CEO Laura Jo Gunter

NAIT's environmental sustainability targets

Greenhouse gas emissions

Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, increasing from our current objective of 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 from our 2009 baseline

View our progress (pdf) 

Waste diversion from landfills

80% diversion of waste from landfill by 2025, increasing to 90% diversion by 2040

View our progress (pdf)

Water use

Zero annual increase from 2012 baseline.

View our progress (pdf)

How we're supporting sustainability on NAIT campuses

Recent sustainability stories

Where could more of Alberta’s oil go?

JR Shaw School of Business instructor looks to China’s Silk Road as a model

Can a heat pump replace an air conditioner and furnace in Alberta?

They’re efficient but a Prairie winter can push them to their limits

New campus development plan sets stage for NAIT’s long-term growth

Blatchford expansion, campus consolidation, sustainability highlight new campus plan

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