Campus Achievements

The University of Alberta is honoured to have received several awards for its sustainability initiatives as well as its achievements in green architecture.

2017

2017 Canada's Greenest Employers

Canada’s Greenest Employers

The University of Alberta was recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. Organized by the editors of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, this designation recognizes employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.

UAlberta has received this recognition each year since 2009.

2016

Green Gown Awards 2016

Green Gown Award

UAlberta's chief sustainability officer was honoured with a Highly Commended Green Gown Award in the Sustainability Professional category.

TOBY Awards Historical Building

The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) - Historical Building Category

Originally built in 1915, a complex retrofit was completed of Triffo Hall in 2009, bringing new life and purpose to one of the most historic buildings in the heart of campus. It transformed the two-storey structure which has been used for laboratories, dancing studios, and even a cow barn, into a home for the Killam Centre for Advanced Studies and a model for sustainable design applied to the restoration of an historic building.

 

Emerald Award

The University of Alberta’s Augustana campus was honoured with an Alberta Emerald Award in the category Education: Post-Secondary. Augustana Campus embraces community service-learning (CSL) to create significant environmental achievements on campus and throughout the Camrose community engagement. As a high-impact learning strategy, the objectives of CSL are to integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. View video.

LEED® Silver Certification
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy

In February, 2016, the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver designation by the Canadian Green Building Council.

2015

4 - Green Key Eco-Rating Program

4 Green Keys

Lister Conference Centre and Guest Suites at the University of Alberta earned a "4 Green Keys" rating as part of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

LEED® Silver Certification
Cooling Plant on Campus

In May, 2015, the Cooling Plant on Campus was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver designation by the Canadian Green Building Council.

2014

LEED® Gold Certification
Chemical and Material Engineering Building, Floors 4,5,6

The renovation of levels 4, 5 and 6 of the Chemical and Material Engineering Building (CMEB) have receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold designation by the Canadian Green Building Council.

STARS® Gold 

On October 10, 2014, the University of Alberta received a gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®), developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS® is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Participating institutions assess their sustainable practices in the areas of education and research, operations, planning, administration and engagement, and innovation. Read our report.

Emerald Award

On June 5, 2014, the Office of Sustainability was honoured to receive an Emerald Award for their waste in residence programs. View project video

 

Mayor's Awards for Universal Design in Architecture
Saville Community Sports Centre

On May 21, 2014, the Saville Community Sports Centre, was recognized by the Mayor of the City of Edmonton. This award is given to a project team or architect whose designs or projects demonstrate creative sensitivity toward the accessibility of persons with disabilities. 

The Outstanding Building of the Year Award
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy

On March 1, 2014, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Edmonton has awarded the regional TOBY award in the 500,000 - 1 million sq ft category - to the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy. Judging for The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) award is based on building standards, community impact, tenant relations, energy conservation, environmental, regulatory and sustainability, emergency preparedness and security standards and the training of building personnel. 

2013

LEED® Silver Certification
Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science

In May, 2013, the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science was been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver designation by the Canadian Green Building Council.

 

Emerald Award Finalist

In April 2013, the Office of Sustainability was recognized as an Emerald Award finalist by the Emerald Foundation of Alberta for their work in advancing the University of Alberta’s campus sustainability initiative since 2009. Watch the video presented during the awards ceremony.

 

LEED® Silver Certification
Graduate Residence

In February, 2013, the Graduate Residence in East Campus Village was been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver designation by the Canadian Green Building Council. LEED® is used to benchmark and recognize the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

2012

 Green Key Logo

3 Green Keys
Lister Conference Centre and Guest Suites

On September 4, 2012, Lister Conference Centre and Guest Suites at the University of Alberta earned a "3 Green Keys" rating as part of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. The Green Key Program is the first of its kind to rank, certify and inspect hotels and resorts across North America based on their commitment to sustainable "green" operations. According to the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a 3 Green Keys rating is granted to "A hotel that has taken significant steps to protect the environment. Strong environmental programs, best management practices, training programs, and engineering solutions have been implemented which have benefited the environment and the local community."

Community Partner of the Year Award

In May 2012, the Office of Sustainability was recognized as with the Community Partner of the Year Award by Goodwill Industries of Alberta. This awards recognizes partnerships involving Eco Move Out, sustainable fashion shows and elevating student of the value of both purchasing and donating used goods.

STARS® Silver

On February 3, 2012, the University of Alberta received a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®), developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Read our report

2011

Best Case Study Award

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recognized the University of Alberta with the Best Case Study Award for "Deliberation on Campus Sustainability (DoCS)". 

College Sustainability Report Card

We are recognized as a campus sustainability leader by the Sustainable Endowment's Institute. We received an A- average in campus sustainability measures and an overall B rating on their College Sustainability Report Card. The University received an A in 3 key areas (Green Building, Student Involvement and Transportation) and a B in 3 key areas (Administration, Food & Recycling, Climate Change & Energy).

Note: The Sustainable Endowments Institute is now collaborating with AASHE on the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) and will no longer be producing seperate reports.

2010

STARS® Charter Participant

The University of Alberta registered as a Charter Participant in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ in August 2010. We submitted our first report in February 2012. Read our report.

2009

 

LEED® Canada Gold Certification
Triffo Hall

On May 26, 2009, Triffo Hall became the first project at the University to be registered with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) association. Built in 1915, the rebirth of one of the oldest buildings at the University earned a LEED® Gold Certification. Sustainable design strategies incorporated the reuse of an existing historic structure, maximal use of daylighting, capture and reuse of rainwater and high performance heating and cooling strategies. 

 

SAB Awards Winner

The Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine's jury said Triffo Hall is "A fine example of a design that preserves the historic fabric of a heritage building while maximizing its flexibility of use. It incorporates  rainwater capture and re-use, and high performance heating and cooling. Interesting interior spaces maintain the elegance of the building and make delightful use of natural light

 

Canadian Institute of Steel Construction

CISC Sustainability Award
Triffo Hall

Triffo Hall received a “Sustainability Award” from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. The ability to re-use the existing steel structure and construct new elements with steel contributed significantly to the sustainability of the project.

2007

 

Rs of Excellence Award, Recycling Council of Alberta

The Recycling Council of Alberta awarded the university an award for developing a Recycle Transfer Centre, in partnership with Waste Management of Canada. It recycles mixed fibre (paper & cardboard) as well as plastic, glass and light metals together (they previously required separation).