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

STARS v2.2

Université de Sherbrooke
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Emmanuelle Jodoin
Sustainable Development Accountability Officer
Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Sustainable Development
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
• Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi): https://www.guninetwork.org/institutional-members/universite-de-sherbrooke

• Global Universities and Colleges for the Climate: https://www.educationracetozero.org/current-signatories

• The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE): https://www.aashe.org/

• International Association of Universities (IAU):

• Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO):

• Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (CORIM): https://www.corim.qc.ca/fr/17/Nos_membres

• Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO): https://www.caubo.ca/discover-caubo/our-members/university-members/


Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
• University Network on Sustainable Development (QUNSD)

• Réseau interuniversitaire québécois Équité Diversité et Inclusion (RIQEDI)

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
In 2022, the Université de Sherbrooke made presentations related to sustainability at three Higher education sustainability conferences.

On January 20, 2022, Pre Denyse Rémillard, Associate President and Vice-President, Administration and Sustainable Development, at the Université de Sherbrooke, participated in a webinar organized by the Université de Moncton: Cap sur 2028 |Nourrir la réflexion - La protection de l'environnement et le virage écologique des universités [EN: Setting Course for 2028 |Food for Thought - Protection of the environment and the ecological virage of universities]. This webinar is part of a series of webinars planned by the Université de Moncton as part of its strategic planning, addressing various themes in order to get the university community to open up and reflect on the world.


From May 9 to 13, 2022, the 89th ACFAS conference was held. Among the 215 speakers from the Université de Sherbrooke, several made a presentation on a theme related to sustainable development. For example, one of these presentations was "Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Methods, Issues and Challenges for Solutions and Partnerships" at the Université de Sherbrooke.

ACFAS is a non-profit organization contributing to the advancement of science in Québec, in the Canadian Francophonie and on the international Francophone scene.


On October 18, 2022, François Lafortune, Lecturer, Université de Sherbrooke, and Divya Sharma, Climate Officer, McGill University, presented a session at the aashe’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education: “Building Carbon Offset Projects: Two Case Studies from Quebec Universities”. The session shares two case studies of research-based, university-catalyzed pilot projects for carbon offsetting.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
In order to share its expertise in sustainability reporting, the Université de Sherbrooke submitted a case study to the University Manager magazine from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) in 2021: "STARS reporting process: A driver of change for our universities."

This case study shares the experience of the Université de Sherbrooke’s initial participation in the STARS reporting process, lessons learned, and information on the management model it developed in light of this experience. This article won the Article of the Year Award on behalf of CAUBO and Kelman & Associates. This is an award given to a CAUBO member whose submission is particularly well developed and interesting to the journal's readership.

CAUBO is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on university administration at the national level and assists Canadian universities in the effective administrative management of their infrastructure by promoting information exchange and peer support. The various aspects of sustainable development are among the major interests of CAUBO.

“STARS reporting process: A driver of change for our universities”: https://www.kelmanonline.com/httpdocs/files/CAUBO/universitymanagersummer2021/index.html#, Summer 2021, p. 34 and following.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Many employees of the Université de Sherbrooke served on boards or committees of external higher education sustainability networks between 2019 et 2022.


Justine Daniel, a research professional working at the Université de Sherbrooke with Professor Carine Villemagne on environmental education, served on the Board of Governors between 2019 and 2020 of the Association québécoise pour la promotion de l'éducation relative à l'environnement (AQPERE). Maia Morel, a professor in the Faculty of Education, also served on the AQPERE Board of Governors between 2020 and 2021.

AQPERE is an association whose mission is to bring together those who are convinced that environmental education is the surest way to encourage the changes in attitude and behavior necessary to better protect the environment. AQPERE operates at all levels of educational institutions (from elementary school to university) by promoting several projects such as their Colleges and Universities Communities for Ecosustainable Campuses Program. AQPERE also organizes one or more major events each year. The symposia are a great opportunity for actors in environmental education to network, exchange and share experiences and resources.



Two professors from the Faculty of Education of the Université de Sherbrooke sit on the Centr'ERE-UQAM steering committee: Adolfo Agundez-Rodriguez, who represents the regular researchers based in Quebec universities other than UQAM, and Carine Villemagne, who represents the professors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) [EN: Québec Research Funds – Society and Culture] team.

The mission of the Centr'ERE-UQAM is to contribute to the development of a society that is committed to improving the network of relationships between individuals, social groups, and the environment, by revitalizing the field of environmental education research, both in formal education and in non-formal education and informal learning contexts.



Annie Chaloux, a professor at the Université de Sherbrooke's School of Applied Politics and co-director of the Groupe d'études et de recherche sur l'international et le Québec (GÉRIQ) [EN: Study and Research Group on International and Quebec], is a member of Équiterre's Board of Directors. She specializes in environmental and climate policy issues in Quebec and Canada, as well as in climate paradiplomacy and international climate negotiations matters.

Équiterre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring about new ways of eating, producing, consuming, and travelling that are low-carbon, compatible with ecosystems and social justice, and designed at the scale of our territories and their communities.


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
The Université de Sherbrooke frequently shares its best practices with other institutions on issues related to sustainability and sustainable development.

A partnership research project was initiated in 2022 with the Universidad Del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This project, which focuses on the integration of the SDGs into university strategies and curriculum, allows a researcher from USalvador to work closely with UdeS experts, and to become acquainted with UdeS's extensive experience in integrating sustainable development into strategies. A research stay at the UdeS Business School will also provide him with the opportunity to develop an expertise on the integration of SDGs in academic settings, and to share his background.

Funding for this project is provided by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE), which launched a seed fund to support collaborative research between IOHE members on the implementation of the UN SDGs.


The Université de Sherbrooke also shares its best practices with some French institutions, such as Université de Montpellier, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier or École nationale supérieure de chimie de Montpellier through the Alliance Montpellier/Sherbrooke plus (AMS+) initiated in 2013. Since then, on a biennial basis, these meetings between these institutions have given rise to various seminars, colloquia, and working meetings that enable the academic institutions to strengthen and develop joint research and training projects, particularly at graduate level, by sharing scientific knowledge and discoveries between them.


The Université de Sherbrooke and the Université Gustave Eiffel have also joined forces in 2021 with the aim of developing an institutional collaboration around the many challenges of the city of the future and of organizing a series of joint working meetings. By taking advantage of their multidisciplinary nature, the partners are focusing on the themes of the environment and sustainable mobility. The collaboration is being implemented by bringing together scientific actors from each institution in parallel working meetings integrated in annual events where the main themes will be addressed.


Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

The Université de Sherbrooke, in collaboration with two other Québec universities, is coordinating la Fabrique REL (REL for ressources éducatives libres or open educational resources). The REL Factory is part of a mandate granted by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur [EN: Ministry of Education and Higher Education] and the Plan d’action numérique en éducation et en enseignement supérieur [EN: Digital Action Plan for Education and Higher Education]. The mandate of the REL Factory is to support teaching staff in the development of high-quality French-language REL for the higher education sector. 

The vision of the REL Factory translates into an ecoresponsible approach to the development of educational resources based on the principles of ongoing enhancement of teaching and learning tools, the pooling of teaching staff expertise, accessibility to studies through significant savings in academic resources, and the democratization of knowledge and education. The work of the REL Factory thus echoes UN SDG 4 (quality education), UN SDG 10 (reduce inequalities), UN SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and UN SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).



The Université de Sherbrooke is part of the Pôle régional en enseignement supérieur de l'Estrie (PRESE). This hub seeks to address common needs shared by five Sherbrooke higher education institutions through collaboration and pooling of resources and expertise. The five institutions which comprise the PRESE are: Université de Sherbrooke, Bishop's University, Cégep de Sherbrooke, Champlain College, and the Collégial du Séminaire (See criteria EN10-Community partnerships for more details).


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