|Submission Date||June 28, 2013|
University of Calgary
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification
Office of Sustainability
Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:
A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:
The University of Calgary’s Sustainability Policy, and the Institutional Sustainability Plan (draft), have both adopted the following sustainability definition after committee and faculty review:
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
~Brundtland Commision (1987)
Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:
A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:
The University of Calgary course calendar were reviewed by a team of students and staff, who evaluated each course for sustainability content based on its course description. This preliminary list was then sent to each faculty for review.
Research was evaluated according to the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainability as well as further sustainability criteria established by a broad international and collaborative effort to define a common sustainability education framework. This effort has been captured in part through the Campus Earth Summit, the Essex Report and Second Nature's literature on sustainability learning outcomes.
Further sustainability criteria includes:
The topic of sustainability includes environmental, social and economic dimensions, and involves both complexity and scale:
• As a system of complexity, sustainability involves the interconnections in environment, society and economy.
• As a system of scale, sustainability addresses the short to long term impacts of human activity (time), and the local to global effects of human impacts (geographic).
Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:
The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.