CapU Works is a program that promotes sustainability by students, for students and with students. This program contributes to many CapU sustainability efforts, including EarthWorks, zero waste work, the community garden and energy management. CapU Works aims to inspire the community with events and activities that focus attention on a variety of sustainability matters.

CapU Works is run by student employees, who act as organizers to support and promote campus sustainability goals. Our student organizers help manage our sustainable change. They host local and regional organizations, and often invite policy makers and social purpose companies to assist us with sustainable change.

Students are organized by our Sustainability Assistant and report to the Sustainability Manager. Contact us to find out how you can help.

CapU Works programs

CapU Works student organizers encourage employees and students to raise sustainability awareness that spurs action and prompts conservations on- and off-campus. For example, Sweater Day promotes seasonally appropriate dress by turning down the heat two degrees. The campus community bundles up in their favourite sweaters to combat the cold, all while helping to keep our planet cool.

Buying local

Supporting local makers and eliminating the transportation of goods has both environmental and economic benefits. For example, CapU's winter market creates a community experience out of holiday season shopping, while supporting local crafts people, food producers and artisans.

Community garden

Each spring, a student organizer creates educational and enticing events to bring out community gardeners. This raises awareness of food security and organic foods, while contributing to community-building and wellness.

Waste reduction

Our environmental programs were started by a student who was concerned about Styrofoam used in the cafeteria. Styrofoam is almost completely gone on campus, but CapU still has waste. Our student organizers train in the use of CapU's zero waste stations and often pick a new waste elimination project annually.


EarthWorks is a lecture, film, workshop and field trip series hosted by Capilano University to promote sustainability. The EarthWorks team includes CapU employees and CapU Works student organizers.

Students who attend at least three lectures or films and one hands-on event receive an EarthWorks notation on their transcript.

EarthWorks events are free and open to the community. Join us at our next EarthWorks event!

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