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
IN-7: Fair Trade Campus

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Katherine Huising
Associate Vice-President
Ancillary Services, Facilities and Operations
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Is the institution currently designated as a Fair Trade College or University?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s Fair Trade initiatives, including the year formal designation was achieved and/or renewed:

The University of Alberta first received the Fair Trade Campus designation in January 2018 and has since renewed the designation as of July 2020. Descriptions of UAlberta activities in each of the three main Fair Trade Campus component areas are provided here.

1. Steering Committee
The UAlberta Fair Trade Campus designation is coordinated through a Fair Trade Campus steering committee that comprises faculty, staff, and student representatives. UAlberta Dining Services, Students' Union, and Energy Management and Sustainable Operations are all represented on this steering committee. The steering committee works together to complete the annual renewal of the Fair Trade Campus designation.

2. Product Availability
All coffee served by university- and Students' Union-operated dining outlets and catering services is Fairtrade certified; a selection of Fairtrade teas is also made available by these groups. Finally, for those operations that sell chocolate (e.g. Lister Marina convenience store, SUBmart convenience store), Fairtrade chocolate options are also provided.

3. Visibility and Education
For all of the campus outreach events where Fair Trade Campus is being promoted (eg. Sustainability Awareness Week, Environment Week, etc.) Dining Services and the SU provide both Fairtrade tea and coffee to maximize engagement. We have also experimented with different ways of serving the products. For example, iced tea and iced coffee for events in the summer help teach people how delicious Fairtrade products are and gives positive exposure to SU and UAlberta dining services.

In addition, as part of our Green Spaces certification for food vendors, we encourage the procurement of Fairtrade and other third party certified products. Vendors receive points by abiding by this. In addition to university-operated food vendors, two other franchises are also serving Fairtrade products.


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