Sustainability is a core commitment, both at TRU and at The Reach.

The Reach is all about reimagining this view of the future and about building on sustainable commitments as the university’s existing learning places are thoughtfully integrated with new living and working spaces — creating value well into the future.

The financial benefits of The Reach will directly support the university in fulfilling its academic vision and they will also support the potential of its learners through bursaries and scholarships.

Where Sustainability is Growing

Build within and around what is already one of most environmentally sustainable university campuses in Canada, The Reach is where a commitment to sustainability will continue to grow as the community grows. In every way possible – from creating its own energy, to reducing and re-using most of what is consumed, to reaping the benefits borne from a more sharing friendly economy.

The Reach will be a pedestrian and cycle friendly community focused on the future – designed to be part of the University’s already-underway transition toward only using clean and renewable resources and making future-focused choices part of every day.

These are just a few of the ways a commitment to sustainability is already being realized within the university’s academic campus;
  • Home to one of BC’s largest solar water systems (on the roof of TRU’s Old Main Building)
  • Piloting a solar pathway system that may ultimately generate all energy needed to light all pedestrian and cycle pathways
  • 60% energy use reduction for lighting from replacing over 20,000 lamps to LED
  • 25% of winter heating of the Province’s Open Learning Centre at TRU is provided by heat generated from computer servers
  • Carbon free renewable energy from beetle-kill biomass is now heating the Williams Lake campus and plans are in place to provide up to 50% of the energy requirements on the Kamloops campus through the same type of system.
  • Campus-wide composting redirects 65% of waste, turning it into valued landscape materials re-used in gardens and gathering spaces.
  • Home to 8 electric vehicle charging stations and a growing fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles – anticipated to evolve into a community-wide car sharing program.

TRU is demonstrating the solid social, economic and environmental rewards realized through actively living its sustainability commitments. It is moving beyond reduce, re-use and recycle to being a community build on the ideal of regeneration – on only using what can be created and not reducing what will remain for future generations.

The Reach will see the integration of the existing university within a new planned community where the people who live, work, learn and play, in new homes, offices, shops and restaurants, will be part of an established practice to minimize impact on the environment and maximize a collective commitments toward sustainability.