Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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MacEwan University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Emma Shipalesky
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Earth Common Journal

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Earth Common Journal (ECJ) is an international, undergraduate, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for students to communicate a diversity of ideas and information on issues concerning conservation, sustainability, and climate change. Earth Common Journal is published by the MacEwan University Bachelor of Communication Studies program. It is published annually in September, with its inaugural issue released in 2011. Earth Common Journal accepts articles from all disciplines, and includes research projects that are empirical, qualitative, creative, and interdisciplinary in content and approach. It also accepts articles from students internationally, to provide global perspectives and discussions on conservation, sustainability, and climate change.

For the past four years ECJ has been developed as a learning tool for students and faculty to research and publish articles on issues related to sustainability. It is a student-driven, peer-reviewed, online, international journal providing a communication network for sustainability. Its publications enable awareness, build community, both internally and externally, connect affiliates, and unite sustainability structures. ECJ is meant to be youthful and passionate about the environment.

The ECJ website - http://www.earthcommon.com/ is intended as an interactive forum for all people who are interested in the topics of conservation, sustainability, and climate change. ECJ is a venue for students to express, communicate, discuss, and explore their ideas about our changing planet. ECJ publishes articles written by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. It represents a combination of both young and innovative voices articulating research, writing, and editing with respect to sustainability.

Earth Common Journal is also included and accessible through JournalQuest, an international academic database - http://Www.Studentpulse.Com/Journals/7/Earth-Common-Journal

ECJ has recruited a group of highly respected individuals on the peer-review committee who is responsible for reading and the selection of submissions for the Earth Common Journal. It is comprised of the following individuals:

• Rick Lewis, PhD, Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Science, and Director of MacEwan International, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Rob de Vrind, MSc, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Koning Willem I College, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
• Cynthia Zutter, PhD, Anthropology, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Allan Gilliland, PhD., Chair, Bachelor of Music degree, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Leslie Sharpe, MFA, Chair, Bachelor of Fine Arts program, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Donald MacDonald, MSc, Faculty, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Bachelor of Science, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Lucille Mazo, MEd, PhD (cand.), Managing Editor, Earth Common Journal; Faculty, Bachelor of Communication Studies, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• James Parker, Faculty, Design Studies program, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Pamela Wight, Executive Director, Edmonton Area Land Trust Association (EALT), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

There have been four ECJ issues published since its inaugural issue released in 2011. In total, 49 articles have been written by 4 faculty members, 46 undergraduate students, and 1 international contributor.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
http://earthcommonjournal.com/
+ Date Revised: Dec. 3, 2014

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