Awards & Recognition

Western aspires to be a leading educational institution in sustainability and stewardship by embedding sustainable practices into its curriculum, operations, and research. This page is dedicated to displaying some of the areas in which Western has been recognized for its sustainability excellence.

The National Association of College & University Food Services 2019 Sustainability Award

Hospitality Services received a Gold Award (in Procurement Practices) in the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) 2019 Sustainability Awards for their on-campus honeybee program. There are currently 1 million honeybees on campus in 8 honeybee hives. In 2018, the harvested honey from the hives is used by Great Hall Catering in recipes, served with tea and coffee, and bottled for sale.

Bee City Canada Designation - 2018

In 2018, Western became the first university to obtain “Bee City” designation from Bee City Canada. The designation recognizes communities that establish healthy pollinator habitats and communicate their importance with the community.

Green Award for the Amit Chakma Engineering Building – 2018

The Amit Chakma Engineering Building won a provincial award of excellence for new green buildings. This building has achieved LEED Platinum certification, making it the 13th LEED certified building on campus. Sustainable features within this building include: a rainwater collection/harvesting system, electric vehicle charging ports, and solar panels. The award was presented at an Ontario Green Building Excellence and Leadership ceremony in October of 2018.  

Rez Powers Down - 2015 CAUBO Quality and Productivity Award

Powerdown Group

This is the second win for the program this month. Earlier in June, Rez Powers Down won Program of the Year at the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers annual conference, hosted at York University in Toronto. Western was awarded a 2015 Quality and Productivity Award, presented by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers, for the university’s Rez Powers Down program. The award comes with a $1,500 prize, which will be used to help fund sustainability programs in residence this year.

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National Association of College and University Food Services - Silver Waste Management Award 2014

Hospitality Staff handing student reusable container

Click here for more information. Western’s Hospitality Services group was recognized with a Silver in the Waste Management category of the 2014 Sustainability Awards, presented by the National Association of College and University Food Services. The awards annually honour outstanding leadership in environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations. Western was the only Canadian university honoured, and was recognized for Residence Dining’s XChange4Change (XC4C) program. XC4C is a reusable takeout container program that allows students to purchase their food in reusable containers, eliminating waste from paper plates.

Sustainability Efforts Earn Nod from The Princeton Review

Click here for more information. For the second year in a row, Western is one of only two Canadian universities to be recognized within The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges. More than 2000 North American schools, including over 100 Canadian schools, responded to The Princeton Review Survey and were rated on their ability to demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.


Recycling Council of Ontario Silver Waste Minimization Award 2013

RCO 2013 Cropped

This award was granted to Western for demonstrated environmental commitment to waste reduction and diversion. Several recent advancements in the University's waste collection processes can be directly linked to the University’s success, and for its advancement from a Bronze Award in previous years to a Silver award in 2013. For example, in the Spring of 2013, over 160 new outdoor recycling receptacles were strategically placed around campus in high traffic areas and labeled with images to help users properly sort and dispose of their waste.


Western Takes Top Honour for Global Adjustment Strategy


CAUBO Award plaque

Western was honoured by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) with the 2013 Quality & Productivity Award-Ontario Regional Prize for the University’s energy-reduction plan. The award specifically recognizes Western’s efforts to mitigate its portion of Ontario’s Global Adjustment (GA) tax, a fee embedded within the university’s utility bill. More information can be found here.

Recycling Council of Ontario Bronze Waste Minimization Award 2012



RCO Award 2012

This award was granted to Western for demonstrated environmental commitment to waste reduction and diversion. Western currently achieves 60% waste diversion on campus. This means that 60% of all the waste that is generated is recovered through established recycling and composting programs.  Western is continuously advancing waste diversion through improved recovery programs, clear waste receptacle signage, and educational awareness campaigns.

London Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award: Environmental Leadership 2012

LCOCThe London Business Achievement Awards acknowledge and celebrate local achievements. Western was nominated for this award by its recycling service provider, BFI, for its commitment to green buildings and operations; energy reductions; transportation enhancements; and waste diversion. 


Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) – Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAO) Award for Corporate Governance 2012

OBAA 2012Western became eligible to apply for an OBAA after winning the London Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award. Western applied and won the ICAO Award for Corporate Governance, a recognition of Western’s high standard as an exemplary corporate citizen, and its commitment in areas such as environmental stewardship. 


Recycling Council of Ontario Waste Minimization Award 2011

RCO 2011This award was granted to Western for demonstrated environmental commitment to waste reduction and diversion.



Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award 2011
Oracle Award of Excellence

Oracle Acceptance

Western University was the recipient of the 2011 “Eco-Enterprise Innovation" award at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. This award was presented to Western for taking an environmental lead to improve business efficiencies using green business practices. The university deployed an Oracle-based solution to reduce costs and redundancy, improve efficiency and service, and simplify and optimize processes.

Specifically, we:

  • Minimized paper-based processes by implementing a self-service portal, enabling students to easily access grades, course calendars, and tax forms, as well as register for courses online
  • Enabled prospective students to access online admission offers and also accept admission with just the click of a button
  • Improved the university’s ability to ensure quick and optimal service to its students with the deployment of the online portal, accessible 24 hours a day
  • Enabled staff to view earning statements, provide emergency contact details, and access necessary tax forms online
  • Implemented Oracle Solaris Containers to reduce the number of physical servers, ultimately reducing data center costs and power consumption
  • Enabled better resource management as staff can now maintain fewer machines, reducing overall operational costs for the IT department

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Urban League of London – Green Brick Award 2010

Green Brick Award

The Green Brick Award recognizes development projects that encourage community participation during design and construction phases. Western received the Green Brick Award for its incorporation of green features in the Claudette MacKay Lassonde Pavilion, as well as its inclusion of engineering students during the preliminary design process of this building.