Our Services

The Campus Sustainability Initiative consists of the Office of Sustainability, Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and Energy Management & Sustainable Operations. Our efforts include: 

Institutional Leadership & Reporting

We provide support to committees and teams working towards the University of Alberta's sustainability goals, including strategic plans, grants, and planning and monitoring progress towards goals.

  • Sustainability Plan
  • Integrating Sustainability into the Academic Experience
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction/Climate Action Plan
  • Waste Diversion Working Group
  • Office of Sustainability Advisory Committees
  • Green Grants & Sustainability Enhancement Fund
  • Membership in Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Membership in the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (Provincial and National Network)

Communications

The Office of Sustainability profiles campus sustainability efforts of academics, staff and student groups through a variety of communications channels.

Communication Channels

Activities Promotion

Performance Measurement & Reporting

We measure and report on the university's sustainability performance, both externally and internally:

External

  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS™)

Internal

  • Sustainability Information Management System (in progress)
  • Annual Update – Good News 
  • Annual Sustainability Plan Update Report
  • Periodic Update Reports to various advisory committees, executives and key contacts

Outreach, Academic & Operations Projects

We lead, facilitate and/or partner with over 100 organizations on projects including: 

Awareness: Sustainability Speaker Series, Earth Hour, Sustainability Awareness Week, Week of Welcome and New Student Orientation, Campus Sustainability Tour, and Environment Week.

Behaviour Change: Eco Move Out, Green Labs Initiative, Waste in Residence, Green Purchasing Principles, One Simple Act on Campus, General Services Building Stair Campaign 

Capacity Building: Advisory Services, Student Internships, Student Sustainability Summit, Green Spaces Certification Program (offices, events, labs, vendors & dorm rooms), Workshop Design & Delivery, Grant Programs (Sustainability Enhancement Fund, Green Grants), Sustainability in Residence, Campus Sustainability Volunteers, Idling Reduction in U Drive Training Program and UAlberta Fleet Vehicles

Sustainable Operations: Green Building Certifications for New Buildings (LEED, Green Globes), Green Building Certifications for Existing Buildings (BOMA BESt), Cleaning for a Healthy U, Building Re-commissioning Program, Envision (Energy Management Program), Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program, Fire Pump Testing Water Capture and Reuse Program, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Turf Management Pilot Study, projects with the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence

Operations Measurement & Evaluation: Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Construction and Demolition Waste Tracking System, Watego (Water Management Program), Waste Audit Methodology

Curriculum & Research: Campus As a Living Lab, Sustainability Scholars, Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability, Faculty Development Workshops, Community Service-Learning, Undergraduate Research Initiative.