Memberships

The University of Alberta benefits from membership in a number of sustainability networks.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

The University of Alberta became a member of AASHE in 2008. AASHE's membership is largely comprised of colleges and universities that are working to advance sustainability in higher education in North America and beyond. AASHE membership offers many benefits to our students and employees. All faculty, staff and students with a UAlberta email address may register to access AASHE's resources.


 Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada)

The University of Alberta is a member of BOMA Canada. The University of Alberta is progressively certifying existing buildings under the program BOMA BESt (Building Owners and Managers Association - Building Environmental Standards). This program addresses the energy and environmental performance of existing buildings based on accurate, independently verified information.

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)

The University of Alberta is a member of the CaGBC which works to advance greeen building and sustainable community development practices. The CaGBC stewards the LEED Canada Building Rating System. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. A number of buildings at the University have received or are pursuing LEED certification.

Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP)

The University of Alberta is a member of CUSP. The idea for CUSP (see draft terms of reference) was formed at an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2008 conference session chaired by the University of Alberta. Subsequent meetings have been held with the creation of a formal steering committee in March 2012. The CUSP Alberta network is co-chaired by the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

 

International District Energy Association (IDEA)

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1909 to facilitate the exchange of information among district energy professionals. IDEA works with members to inform, connect and advance the district energy industry. IDEA promotes energy efficiency and environmental quality through the advancement of district heating, district cooling and cogeneration.

   International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is a non-profit association of globally leading colleges and universities representing over 30 countries and working together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching. The University of Alberta became the second Canadian member of the ISCN on April 10, 2017.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

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