Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 92.73
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Université de Sherbrooke
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Emmanuelle Jodoin
Sustainable Development Accountability Officer
Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Sustainable Development
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:


The Centre universitaire de formation en environnement et développement durable (CUFE) [EN: University Centre for Environmental and Sustainable Development Studies] publishes two electronic newsletters per year to inform the university community on various topics related to sustainability and sustainable development.

The first one, known as the Bulletin l’Averti [EN: Bulletin the Knowledgeable], provides information about activities and programs specific to the CUFE. (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/bulletins/archives/25/bulletin-cufe-l-averti)

The second one, called the Bulletin Formation continue [EN: Bulletin Continuing Education], informs the university community about news, topics, and registration periods related to continuing education. In addition, members of the university can register to the mailing list of the MIDI-MAD (Les Midis pour Apprendre et Discuter du CUFE) [EN: the CUFE’s lunchtimes to learn and to discuss] and be informed about upcoming conferences where a variety of topics are presented by speakers from one of the environmental fields.

The bureau de la responsabilité sociale de la Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé (FMSS) [EN: The Office of social responsibility of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences] also publishes a Social Responsibility Bulletin that covers four main themes: environmental responsibility, equity, diversity and inclusion, Aboriginal health, and global health.

Lastly, the Bulletin institutionnel de l’Université de Sherbrooke [EN: Université de Sherbrooke Institutional Bulletin] also highlights news on sustainable development.
(Example of the 22 June 2022 edition: https://www.usherbrooke.ca/bulletins/version-web/13222/bulletin-de-nouvelles-du-22-juin-2022/)


The Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Sustainable Development, maintains an active presence through the Université de Sherbrooke’s Facebook page (Groupe Développement durable — UdeS) [EN: Sustainable Development Group — UdeS]. This group is accessible to anyone interested in sustainability and sustainable development and wishing to participate in the exchanges on the various topics and activities related to these issues, involving the university community and/or the community at large. https://www.facebook.com/groups/UdeS.DD In addition, the university institutional Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/USherbrooke) also regularly publishes posts to raise awareness and provide information on sustainable development.

The Université de Sherbrooke’s YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6B71B3A89779727C) and TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@usherbrooke?_d=secCgYIASAHKAESPgo8A1d75jlJmPRMWNdbzeybXqOcPnqHQ0kDKAJlNSjQ9baMfISxtreucLxybH2%2FHxjKmd7hRytMArZt2uAlGgA%3D&_r=1&checksum=802b0b1340c5d4e1538fcb43a64de162f67d306fc2873137c9e24a9729979a09&language=fr&sec_uid=MS4wLjABAAAALlhL_QjEqiha4UthjgN0MMW1vZsJUFZmfMOfAJeqhl8mGcfgeK7V0hQCaIz4Wult&sec_user_id=MS4wLjABAAAADhljBcAqEHICVNCGP6Qjxp9VTW9TJ0mg5B5CPjO4Gn6yoD1v61a1Cy805OLdFUkL&share_app_id=1233&share_author_id=6732516840365622278&share_link_id=D62AA18B-7BAB-4563-AB6D-890A1F6B398A&source=h5_m&tt_from=copy&u_code=db38mih84c5lel&user_id=6796764509341533189&utm_campaign=client_share&utm_medium=ios&utm_source=copy) pages also focus on various sustainable development themes. Thus, a multitude of videos are published on subjects as varied as innovative cement materials, socially responsible finance, sustainable mobility, LGBTQ+ week, stress management and landscaping on the campuses.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Concerned to minimize the negative impact of its activities on the environment, whether through reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, better water management or more responsibly sourcing, the University is increasingly incorporating the principles of sustainable development into its construction and renovation projects. It is in this context that information about the green features of certain buildings are exhibited on campuses, for example:

• The Pavillon de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales [EN : Humanities and Social Sciences Research Pavilion], which is built entirely of lumber, is LEED-NC gold certified; a display mentions this certification and the associated characteristics of the building.

• The awards received by the Longueuil Campus, related to the designers’ work and commitment to creating a green building, are presented to the campus community in a public display hence signalling the green features of the building.

Moreover, signs and banners are displayed throughout the University to inform the community of many initiatives as the self-service refrigerators (Frigo Free Go) and the university’s Fair Trade Campus designation. Banners relating to the designation Fair Trade are exhibited at the Main Campus cafeteria and at the Longueuil Campus food court. Displays have also been planned to highlight certain key facilities such as the Jardin collectif [EN: Collective Garden] (see attached document), the innovative landscaping of the Coeur campus and the natural amphitheatre of the Agora.

Two information panels are located near the university’s hives of the Main Campus: one is about bees and their role in ecosystems — to inform the university community about the importance of establishing hives — and another to prevent bees from being disturbed and to ensure the safety of the university community.

Finally, a wall of trophies and awards received by the University in the field of sustainable development has recently been installed in the area dedicated to this theme in the Pavillon de la vie étudiante [EN: Student Life Pavilion]. It is a magnificent showcase of the many achievements that have been realized over the years thanks to the commitment of the university community.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The BaladoDécouverte “l’Université de Sherbrooke et ses trésors verts” [EN: PodcastDiscovery “The Université de Sherbrooke and its green treasures”] offers a guided walking tour of the Main Campus that allows visitors to discover in a friendly and pleasant way how the Université de Sherbrooke, nicknamed the “Green University,” has been transformed into a true laboratory of sustainable development. The route leads to the various extraordinary green spaces on campus, to sustainable mobility facilities, to nourishing plantations and to responsible energy management infrastructure. All of these sites are identified on the ground by signage that provides additional information.


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The sustainable development issues at the Université de Sherbrooke’s residences are waste management, sustainable mobility, sustainable consumption, resource conservation, green spaces and vegetable gardens, diversity and inclusion, and the multiple possibilities to get involved in a project or to develop one. All this can be found on the Éco-résidences top tab from the university residences’ website. Each section is divided into several types of information, services offered and awareness considerations.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The Université de Sherbrooke’s sustainable development website (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/developpement-durable/) provides information on the university’s sustainable development policies, on its sustainable development plan, and its related strategies. It also provides information about teaching and innovative research pertaining to sustainability and sustainable development, about funding opportunities, about related sustainability news, and about upcoming events as well as ways for the university community to participate in different sustainable development activities, among others.

It should also be mentioned that a special section of the institutional site Actualité de l'Université de Sherbrooke (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/actualites/series-udes) cover various topics related to sustainable development: La rétrospective verte [EN: The Green Retrospective] - Carbon neutrality, harmony with the natural environment, eco-responsibility (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/actualites/series-udes/la-retrospective-verte).


The Université de Sherbrooke has also several other publications that raise awareness of sustainable development in the university community, in several areas of activity. Some examples:

• Institutional eco-responsibility guide for event organizers (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/developpement-durable/fileadmin/sites/developpement-durable/documents/Sur_nos_campus/Guide_institutionnel_ecoresponsabilite.pdf)
• Equity, diversity and inclusion in research toolkit (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/saric/politiques-reglements/edi/ressources-outils)
• Guide to Eco-Responsibility in Research (https://www.usherbrooke.ca/developpement-durable/fileadmin/sites/developpement-durable/documents/Recherche/Guide_e__coresponsabilite___en_recherche.pdf)

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