Community Service-Learning

Community Service-Learning (CSL) is a program which incorporates service-learning into academic coursework. Students gain valuable experience through service in the community. It combines classroom work with community engagement to provide students an enriching learning experience encapsulating the University’s commitments to learning, discovery, and citizenship, and to connecting communities.

Many of the University of Alberta's CSL courses have a link to sustainability. By completing a number of courses with a CSL component, including CSL-designated courses, students can earn a Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning upon graduation. The program also offers opportunities for students to serve as interns on local non-profit boards. The Humanities Program offers free, non-credit university-level courses offered to individuals living in Edmonton’s downtown and surrounding areas who are passionate about learning, but who may have faced economic, institutional, or social barriers to accessing formal education.

For more information, visit the Community Service-Learning website.

Office of Sustainability and CSL

The Office of Sustainability is a Community Partner with the Community Service-Learning program. Projects leverage our campus as a lab with the goal of advancing our institution's sustainability performance. Past projects have included: 

  • developed tools for measuring sustainability literacy
  • investigated sustainable forms of graphic design and printing
  • researched recycling and energy behaviours in computer labs
  • translated sustainability information into French
  • researched the nature of sustainability related to curriculum and research at other institutions
Please feel free to email the Office of Sustainability to share your idea for partnering through this program.

Course Spotlight

Within Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, AREC 173: The Plate, the Planet and Society offered by Dr. Brent Swallow is a CSL course which provides opportunities for real hands-on experience in the local food system.  As part of the CSL project component of the course, students participate in volunteer placements through partnerships with organizations throughout the Edmonton area. 

In 2011, organizations involved included Ruzicka Sunrise Farm, Green Hectares, and the University of Alberta’s Students’ Union.  Students studied a range of issues including renewable resource options, resources for an agricultural lifestyle and youth engagement, healthy eating choices at the university, and the idea of a farmers’ market on campus.