Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.45
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Calgary
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Taryn Meyers
Manager, Engagement
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Urban Alliance

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):
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:

In 2007, the Urban Alliance was created by signing a goodwill-based Memorandum of Understanding that enabled the City of Calgary and University of Calgary to formally work together for the next 24 years to pursue a common mission and purpose. The Urban Alliance is a strategic partnership between the City of Calgary and University of Calgary to promote and expedite the seamless transfer of cutting-edge research between the City and the University, for the benefit of all our communities.
The Urban Alliance provides a framework for leading-edge researchers and front-line city planners to work together to tackle problems such as transportation, waste reduction, energy and environment, youth crime, homelessness, poverty reduction and the integration of immigrants into our communities.

Since its inception in 2007, more than 100 research initiatives and projects have been launched under the auspices of the Urban Alliance. In its initial three-year phase, with a contribution of start-up funding from Alberta Municipal Affairs, the Urban Alliance established one research professorship (Transportation Systems Optimization) and attracted funding in support of more than 60 research projects. These investigations engaged over 100 researchers, students and practitioners.
Selected Projects

• Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets - Water Resources + Biological Sciences, Geoscience
• Public Transportation for Urban Mobility Calgary - Transit + Civil Engineering
• Influence of Neighbourhood Environments on Weight Status of Adults - Land Use Planning + Medicine
• MakeCalgary
• Transportation Systems Optimization Professorship - Transportation + Civil Engineering
• Road Map for Sustainability of Municipal Pavement Management Application - Roads + Civil Engineering
• Social Connectivity Project - Land Use Planning + Environmental Design
• Optimal Shelter Design in an Urban Environment - Community & Neighbourhood Services + Environmental Design, Social Work
• Promising Practices: Housing and Homelessness in Canada - Community & Neighbourhood Services, Calgary Police Service + Social Work
• Optimization and Automatic Control for Bioreactors in Wastewater Treatment - Water Resources + Electrical Engineering
• Analysis of Green Roof Replacement on Municipal Hall - Corporate Services, Water Resources + Geography
• Biocell Approach for Energy Recovery and Environmental Protection - Waste & Recycling + Civil Engineering
• Systems Analysis of Energy Utilization/Footprint - Environmental Management + Civil Engineering


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
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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):
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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):
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
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Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
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Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
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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):
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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):
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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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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