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-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Maja Osmanagic
Program Lead - Academic Programs and Initiatives
Sustainability Council
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

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

Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP)

Canadian College and University Environmental Network (CCUEN)
https://www.ccuen-rccue.ca/

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
https://www.cagbc.org/

Sustainable Labs Canada
https://slcan.ca/

Canadian Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (CCSP)
https://www.reeveconsulting.com/about-ccsp/

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)
https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the ‘Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Steering Group’
https://wun.ac.uk/wun/globalchallenges/view/responding-to-climate-change

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
https://www.aplu.org/about-us/


Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

The Energy Transition Leadership Network at the City of Edmonton https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_organization/energy-transition-leadership-network.aspx

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) - Alberta Chapter
https://www.cagbc.org/alberta

Alberta Flavour Learning Lab
http://temp-albertaflavour.nationbuilder.com/

City of Edmonton Corporate Climate Leaders Program
http://edmonton.ca/climateleaders


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

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE 2019 CONFERENCE

- Panel presentation: “Don't Pack Your Bags” on e-conferencing at the University of Alberta.
- Panel presentation: “Why So Serious?” on integrating humour and fun in sustainability communications.
- Poster presentation: “Mobilizing e-conferencing in academia”

SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN CANADA CONFERENCE 2019

The Canadian College and University Environmental Network (CCUEN) and the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP) organized the 2019 Sustainability in Higher Education in Canada (SHECA) Conference. The Conference took place from May 14-15, 2019 at the University of Alberta. The University of Alberta’s Sustainability Council hosted the event and did a welcome for the event.

The following are the University of Alberta presentations at the SHECA 2019 Conference:
- Presentation: “Energy & GHG Management at the University of Alberta” by Shannon Leblanc from Energy Management and Sustainable Operations (EMSO), University of Alberta.
- Presentation: “Zero Waste at the University of Alberta” by Jessie Kwasny from Buildings, Grounds, and Environmental Services, Operations and Maintenance, Facilities and Operations, University of Alberta.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
Yes

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

CANADA'S GREENEST EMPLOYERS 2020, Mediacorp Canada
https://reviews.canadastop100.com/top-employer-university-of-alberta

Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.

The University of Alberta was recognized for its outreach efforts, as seen through its annual Sustainability Awareness Week, for its unique in-house Green Spaces certification program, and for programs unique to the post-secondary environment, like Sustainability Scholars and Sustainability Lectures.

EMERALD AWARDS WINNER 2019, CATEGORY - EDUCATION: POST-SECONDARY
https://emeraldfoundation.ca/28th-annual-emerald-awards/

For the past 29 years, the Emerald Awards have recognized and celebrated the outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth, and governments across Alberta. Each year from November until February, the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives Emerald Award nominations in 12 established categories.

The Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) is a research centre in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. LRIGS provides training, networking, and professional development opportunities to undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

LRIGS stands alone as the only school of its kind in the world. The breadth of course work provides students with a well-rounded perspective on the social, economic, and ethical aspects of land reclamation along with the latest scientific and technological advances in the field. The school connects students with industry, government, and post-secondary institutional experts at the local and international levels. LRIGS also works to incorporate indigenous perspectives on land restoration, partnering with indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories and the Paul First Nation, west of Edmonton.

LRIGS students have many opportunities to establish themselves as leaders and emerging experts in the land reclamation field. Students ranging from undergraduates to postdoctoral researchers have presented their findings at international research conferences and in reputable scientific journals. Of the school’s 55 graduates, almost 100% of them are working in the land reclamation field as consultants, environmental policy advisors, or within industry, government, academic or non-profit spheres.

CCSP MEMBER SUCCESS STORY ON FAIR TRADE CAMPUS DESIGNATION - ANNUAL REPORT 2018
https://www.reeveconsulting.com/about-ccsp/

In 2018 the University of Alberta achieved its Fair Trade Campus designation from Fair Trade Canada. UAlberta submitted a case study on the designation process, decision-making process, and lessons learned to the Canadian Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (CCSP) and their 2018 Annual Report. This Annual Report is shared as a resource with all CCSP members.


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

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN CANADA (SHECA) 2019 CONFERENCE
https://www.ccuen-rccue.ca/en/2019-conference

The SHECA 2019 Conference was hosted at the University of Alberta. This conference had two university staff - one from Energy Management and Sustainable Operations and one from the Sustainability Council - and the Director of the Sustainability Council on its organizing committee.

STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT
https://www.ualberta.ca/sustainability/events/summit/index.html

The Student Sustainability Summit is an annual sustainability themed conference for post-secondary students across Alberta. The planning committee for the summit is composed of six students (with up to three students who are part-time staff at the Sustainability Council and Sustain SU), alongside two full-time staff, one from the Sustainability Council and one from Sustain SU, the student sustainability service.

CANADA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (CaGBC), EDUCATION ADVISORY GROUP

The advisory committee had a University of Alberta representative from November 2017 to August 2018. The purpose of the Education Advisory Group is to advise on the development and implementation of education strategies and initiatives to advance the knowledge and skills of the green building industry in Canada.

CANADA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (CaGBC) BUILDING LASTING CHANGE 2018 CONFERENCE, CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBER
https://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/Events/BuildingLastingChange/2018/CAGBC/Conference/BLC2018/BLC2018.aspx

A Program Coordinator from Energy Management and Sustainable Operations (EMSO) served on the planning committee for the June 2018 conference.

CANADIAN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK (CCUEN), BOARD MEMBER

The Academic Director of the Sustainability Council has served on the CCUEN board in 2017, 2018, and 2019.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

MacEwan University has an established Office of Sustainability, a sustainability academic program with a core SUST 201 course (Introduction to Sustainability), as well as a growing Certificate program.

The University of Alberta served as a peer reviewer for MacEwan’s 2018 STARS submission. As both MacEwan and the University of Alberta are developing/enriching their curriculum resources and growing their Certificates, there is mutual support and resource sharing between the universities. The two universities continue to collaborate on capacity building and engagement programs like Sustainability Awareness Week.


Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

In 2018, the University of Alberta served as peer reviewers for MacEwan University’s 2018 STARS submission. This was done in July of 2018.

https://reports.aashe.org/institutions/macewan-university-ab/report/2018-08-31/


Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

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

SUSTAINABILITY AWARENESS WEEK (SAW)
https://www.ualberta.ca/sustainability/events/sustainability-awareness-week.html

Sustainability Awareness Week (2019 edition) included events and activities at University of Alberta campuses (Augustana, Campus Saint-Jean, North Campus) and on MacEwan University’s downtown campus. This collaboration in particular involves joint planning, resource sharing, and joint promotions.

INTERNATIONAL WEEK SPEAKER (IWeek Speaker)
https://www.ualberta.ca/sustainability/events/lectures/past-lectures.html

MacEwan University closely collaborates with the University of Alberta’s Sustainability Council on bringing a well-known international speaker to campus for International Week at the University of Alberta. This involves joint planning, resources sharing and joint promotions. Amy Luers, the 2019 IWeek Speaker spoke at MacEwan University’s Roundhouse during the lunch hour.

ALBERTA FLAVOUR LEARNING LAB
http://temp-albertaflavour.nationbuilder.com/

The Alberta Flavour Learning Lab focuses on institutional food procurement, aiming to “get more Alberta food on Alberta plates” by bringing together convention centers, hospitals, colleges, schools, farmers, food processors, and distributors to actively collaborate to advance local food purchasing. Two UAlberta researchers are conducting a five year research study (2016-2020) on the procurement done by this group, including the University of Alberta and several other post-secondary institutions.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBLE PARTIES:

Shannon Leblanc
Program Team Lead
Energy Management and Sustainable Operations
Facilities & Operations

Michelle Hauer
Program Coordinator
Energy Management and Sustainable Operations
Facilities & Operations

Robert Summers
Academic Director
Sustainability Council

Trevor Chow-Fraser
Program Lead, Marketing & Communications
Sustainability Council

Maja Osmanagic
Program Lead, Academic Programs and Initiatives
Sustainability Council

Prachi Mishra
Associate Project Planner
Sustainability Council

Danielle Scott
Director, International Relations
University of Alberta International

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