Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.45
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Calgary
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Aine Keogh
Specialist, Operational Sustainability & Reporting
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Board of Governors also has a standing committee on the Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability subcommittee which advises the Board and makes recommendations on environment, health, safety and sustainability with respect to university policy and strategic direction.

In 2013 the Academic Committee for Sustainability was launched, undertaking discussions broadly within the academic community about how and where education for sustainability and sustainability literacy should be further developed.

The Operational Sustainability Steering Committee (OSSC) supports the University of Calgary’s commitment to leadership and excellence in sustainability by leading an organizational culture change that embeds sustainability in administrative and operational practices. The OSSC provides strategic oversight on the development and execution of the Implementation Plan for the Framework on Sustainability in Administration and Operations (AO Framework).

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Operational Sustainability Steering Committee Membership

• AVP, Sustainability
• Executive Assistant to AVP Sustainability
• AVP, Finance
• AVP, Facilities Development
• AVP, Human Resources
• Chief Information Officer
• AVP, Risk
• AVP, Facilities Management
• VP, Finance & Services (Graduate Students Association)
• VP, Operations & Finance (Students’ Union)
• Executive Director, Ancillary Services
• Specialist, Operational Sustainability & Reporting
• Director, Operations & Maintenance
• University Architect
• Associate Director, Food and Conference Services
• Senior Specialist, Energy Performance
• Director, Project Management Office
• Director, Caretaking
• Director, Energy & Utilities
• Director, Total Rewards
• Director, Supply Chain Management and Integrated Service Centre
• Director, Campus Engineering
• Associate Director, Parking & Transportation

Academic Sustainability Implementation Committee

• Chief Academic Coordinator for Sustainability
• Representative from the Office of Sustainability
• 3 Representatives from Schulich School of Engineering
• 3 Representatives from Continuing Education
• 2 Representatives from Anthropology and Archaeology
• 2 Representatives from Biology
• 2 Representatives from Haskayne School of Business
• 2 Representatives from Environmental Design
• 2 Representatives from Werklund School of Education
• Representative from Enrolment Services
• Representative from Kinesiology
• Representative from Geography
• Representative from University Relations
• Representative from Philosophy
• Representative from Community Health
• Representative from Social Work
• Representative from Nursing
• Representative from Kinesiology
• Representative from Religious Studies
• Representative from Students’ Union
• Representative from Graduate Students’ Association

The membership of the Board EH&S committee can be found at https://www.ucalgary.ca/secretariat/board-governors/standing-committees/environment-health-safety-and-sustainability-committee

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The primary purpose of the Office of Sustainability is to enhance the understanding of sustainability in the context of research, teaching and community service, to integrate sustainability broadly into campus operations and to build participation across the University in sustainability stewardship. The Office of Sustainability supports the University of Calgary in its efforts towards becoming a Canadian model for sustainability in higher education.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Joanne Perdue, Associate Vice President, Sustainability
+ Date Revised: April 30, 2019

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The AVP, Sustainability is responsible for promoting strategic leadership and organizational change strategies to assist the university in becoming a Canadian leader of sustainability in higher education

The Office of Sustainability provides institution-wide facilities and coordination in the context of sustainability in planning and administration, academics, engagements and operations.

The University of Calgary OS works collaboratively with academic and business units, as well as students, faculty and staff to support them in infusing sustainability into their goals. Some projects which the Office has been closely involved with include:

• Extensive campus community consultation process to inform the development of new Institutional Sustainability Strategy (ISS)
• Stewardship of all reviews of the Board of Governors approval of a new 5-year ISS and supporting frameworks in education and research, engagement, and administration and operations
• Data capture for STARS and other reporting
• Sustainability leadership in committees including but not limited to Operational Sustainability Steering Committee, the Sustainability Stewardship Working Group and the Academic Committee for Institutional Sustainability
• Liaising with most senior directors to advance sustainability across the institution

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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

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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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