Outreach & Engagement

This focus area is lead by the Office of Sustainability. We are resource for students, staff and faculty interested in fostering a culture of sustainability at the University of Alberta. We help the campus community by:

  • Coordinating strategic planning and reporting on sustainability
  • Researching emerging trends and best practices
  • Communicating sustainability knowledge, practices, achievements and engagement opportunities
  • Facilitating identification of ways to reduce our ecological footprint and improve social justice
  • Delivering projects that grow sustainability knowledge, skills and practice change
  • Connecting the campus community to information, experts, tools and funding options
  • Fostering collaboration between university units and community organizations
  • Building bridges that will infuse sustainability into research, scholarship and campus life

Our staff have expertise in facilitation, communications, education, performance measurement, green buildings, evaluation, and partnership development. We are UAlberta's member liaison for the Association for Sustainability for Higher Education and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. 

We receive advice from the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) guided by a formal terms of reference.

Current Projects

  • Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards
  • Campus Sustainability Tours
  • Campus Sustainability Volunteers
  • ecoREPs Leadership Program
  • Events: Earth Hour, Earth Day, RecycleMania, Environment Week, Week of Welcome, Orientation
  • Grants: Green Grants, Sustainability Enhancement Fund
  • Green Building Certification
  • Green Labs Program
  • Green Spaces Certification Program
  • Sustainable Purchasing Outreach
  • One Simple Act on Campus
  • Communications: eNews, Social Media, Faces of Sustainability, [suh-steyn] blog, Good News
  • Student Sustainability Summit
  • Sustainability Awareness Week
  • Sustainability Practices Library
  • Sustainability Speaker Series
  • Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)
  • Sustainability in Residence Programs (Recycling, Eco Move Out, Green Wing)
  • Workshops: Paper use, Energy Efficiency, Local Food, Water Conservation