Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jasmine Farahbakhsh
Academic Sustainability Assistant
Sustainability Council
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

ALBERTA CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIES
https://www.ualberta.ca/augustana/research/centres/acsrc

The ACSRC is a joint initiative of the Augustana Campus and Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and has a core operating budget and staff supported by both of these faculties. Project funds are derived from research and other grants, contribution agreements and contracts with agencies such as the Tri-Council, provincial government and similar bodies. The ACSRC has a vision of resilient rural communities across Canada linked closely to the discovery, dissemination, and application of new knowledge at the University of Alberta through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. Such resilient rural communities will hinge on informed citizens actively participating in community governance and development in order to support and sustain the people, livelihoods, regional and local capital, economic development and long-term social viability of rural communities as a key element of the Canadian economy, the natural environment and as home to many Canadians. ACSRC has developed many formal partnerships on a project-by-project basis.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Green and Gold Community Garden / Tubahumurize

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

GREEN AND GOLD COMMUNITY GARDEN
https://www.greengoldgarden.com/

The Green & Gold Community Garden is a community garden that has operated on UAlberta South Campus land by a group of volunteers since 2009. By organically growing over 60 types of vegetables, herbs and flowers, fresh and local produce is available to Edmontonians; this reduces the carbon footprint of the food and may combat local food insecurity. Further, all donations collected for garden produce go to support the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda, a not-for-profit organization that supports socially and economically marginalized women through counselling, vocational training, health education, microcredit loans and employment opportunities. These resources empower this marginalized group to improve their social and economic wellbeing.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Campus Food Bank

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

CAMPUS FOOD BANK
http://campusfoodbank.com/

Founded in 1991 by the University of Alberta Graduate Students' Association, the Campus Food Bank has grown into a registered charity that distributes food items and toiletries to all members of the university community: students, staff, alumni and their children. The Campus Food Bank is also a designated fee unit (DFU) organization, meaning it is supported by the Students' Union and by designated fees from undergraduate students. Academic staff are permitted to redirect funds to the Campus Food Bank. The food bank is governed by a board of directors that represents the diversity of the university community. Additionally, the Sustainability Council partners with the Campus Food Bank to collect donations of food and money during their large International Week Keynote speaker events.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES:

Shirley Ross
Volunteer
Green & Gold Community Garden

Cory Hodgson
Executive Director
Campus Food Bank Society

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