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HEC Montréal one of the top sustainable campuses in North America

2021 Sustainable Campus Index

November 11, 2021

The nourishing forest is one of the components of the Hectare urbain project.


HEC Montréal has been recognized as one of the top performers in the 2021 Sustainable Campus Index from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The School tied for 4th in the “Grounds” category, along with a dozen Canadian and American institutions including the College of the Atlantic and Florida State University. This excellent standing is due largely to its Hectare urbain project, featuring permaculture and biodiversity in its plantings around and on the roof of its building.

The Sustainability Campus Index looks at 17 aspects relating to sustainable development, which are also measured for purposes of the STARS certifications awarded by AASHE.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a widely recognized benchmark in North America, based on self-reporting by academic institutions of their performance and progress in sustainable development. Over 1,000 colleges and universities are now part of the system. HEC Montréal currently boasts a gold rating.

Note that HEC Montréal’s overall score is above the average of all participating institutions and also above the Canadian average.

More about the Sustainable Campus Index