Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.20
Liaison Juanita Van Norman
Submission Date Aug. 5, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Manitoba
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christie Nairn
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

Divest Manitoba - a student-led group campaign responsible for advocating on behalf of its members to promote environmental sustainability, and lobby the administration and on-campus unions to divest funds that are currently held in fossil fuel companies at the University of Manitoba https://www.facebook.com/divestmanitoba/

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Student Hub—aims educate, connect and mobilize students to make positive change on campus, as well as advance the SDGs at the University of Manitoba. The SDG Student Hub is part of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network https://news.umanitoba.ca/sdg-working-group/

University of Manitoba Efficient and Renewable Technology Hub - UMEarth focuses on providing students who care about sustainability with the skills, experience and connections they will need to excel in their careers, through engineering design competition teams, consulting and other sustainable initiatives. www.umearth.ca

The Society of Earth Science and Environmental Students (SESES) is a council of undergraduate students that represents students in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. Our goal is to help enhance Riddell students’ undergraduate experiences by providing educational opportunities and planning social events. We are your connection to UMSU and strive to make the concerns of students in the faculty heard. https://www.instagram.com/um.seses/?hl=en

University of Manitoba Wetlanders - A student chapter of Ducks Unlimited Canada aiming to conserve wetlands and other spaces for waterfowl, wildlife, and people. The student chapter holds fundraising events with all proceeds going towards Ducks Unlimited Manitoba projects. The goal of the student chapter is to get more individuals involved in wetland conservation and create opportunities for student’s and other individuals to get volunteer field work experience on projects within Manitoba https://umsu.ca/student-clubs-associations/student-clubs/umw/

The University of Manitoba Indigenous Concerns on the Environment Club (UMICE) - UMICE supports and furthers the understanding of Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge on and off campus. Their vision is to achieve Indigenous environmental excellence by working with Indigenous communities, students, and faculty to efficiently build partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in order to bring forth the importance of traditional land and environmental knowledge and teachings https://www.facebook.com/umice2019

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Rainbow Gardens - A group of new immigrants started this garden in 2008, in collaboration with the City of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba. The two-acre plot is now managed by the Refugee Immigrant Farming & Integration in Manitoba Inc. (RIFIM) and feeds new immigrant families https://umanitoba.ca/sustainability/sustainability-initiatives/land-and-food

UMSU Garden - This UMSU-led initiative works to generate interest and excitement for gardening and learning and practicing sustainable agriculture. The gardens are volunteer-run and promote community development and local food system practices. Seasoned gardeners, rookies and lovers of the outdoors all take part from April through September. Food produced in the gardens is used at Degrees Restaurant and sold on campus https://umanitobafood.wordpress.com/student-groups/umsu-campus-garden/

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The UMCycle Bike Kiosk run by the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU), is an on-campus full-service bike shop. UMCycle has bike parts and accessories for sale and performs installations, adjustments, and overhauls of all systems of bikes (i.e. wheels, brakes, shifters, drive train, steering). UMCycle also has community-use tools and an outdoor stand available to anyone for free during shop hours. UMCycle encourages UM students to use active transportation to get to and from campus.

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Youth Training – Held October 2019 and focused on provide students with training to increase their understanding of the United Nations’ 17 SDGs and empower them to take action on issues such as sustainable development, poverty, education, inequality and climate change https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sustainable-development-goals-sdg-youth-training-winnipeg-tickets-64314912635

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Student Chapter Discovery night – Held at the University of Manitoba annually. The Student Chapter Discovery Night provides an opportunity for students to participate in workshops led by industry experts and network with professionals working in the environmental industry https://meia.mb.ca/student-chapter-programming/

University of Manitoba Café Scientifique - Achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals was in held October 2021 with a global panel discussing their approach and learnings from the past two decades of working to improve health outcomes among vulnerable populations and to leave no one behind, even throughout a global pandemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ygev7YHh0k

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

The Gallery of Student Art (GoSA) is a non-profit and non-commercial student-run gallery that is funded and supported by the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. The gallery space is centrally located in University Centre. GoSA’s mandate is to promote student art and design work at the University of Manitoba. The gallery is run by a coordinator and oversight committee. Proposals for shows are encouraged for submission from any student or group of students. Recent events include workshops with Moneca Sinclaire, a multi-media Nehinan (Cree) artist who uses everyday objects to recycle or transform them into beautiful art https://news.umanitoba.ca/school-of-art-gallery-invites-you-online-for-coffee-and-conversation/
Non-credit Participation in XIE - The Experimental Improv Ensemble is an interdisciplinary performance group. Activities of the ensemble vary widely, ranging from live soundtrack performance to the mounting of media art installations. The XIE is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary collaboration with partners both on and off campus. Recent academic collaborations include projects with Architecture, Computer Science, Sculpture, and Electrical Engineering https://umanitoba.ca/music/ensembles

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

University of Manitoba Parks Canada Campus Club – UM Parks organizes trips, activities, and events which aim to inspire young Canadians to get outdoors, bring youth together across Canada to appreciate and protect Canada’s natural and cultural heritage and communicate volunteer and employment opportunities with Parks Canada. The UM Parks Canada Campus Club is a part of the national network of campus clubs that aim is to mobilize young adults to inspire others to discover and experience nature and history, integrate them into their lives and share them with their peers. The Parks Canada Campus Club Volunteer Leaders Network is an exciting initiative to inspire young adults from post-secondary institutions to get outside safely, connect with nature and learn about Canada’s history. The groups follow the be #ParkSmart for safety and Leave No Trace principles: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info/covid-19-visite-visit


Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The Green Office Program - offered through the Office of Sustainability (handbook available online) and helps teach people sustainable life skills and is easily accessible for anybody interested in learning. The Green Office Representatives (GO-Reps) program is also available to help provide information on sustainable lifestyle choices and connects the UM community with the Office of Sustainability if further information is required. GO-Reps can be faculty or staff members in their department or students in their student group offices or lounges https://umanitoba.ca/sustainability/sustainability-initiatives#resources

The Resident Advisors (RA) are guides to an informed and enjoyable life in residence. They are familiar with the day-to-day operation of the residence, the department of Student Residences and the University of Manitoba community. It is part of their job as an RA to ensure students are incorporating sustainability into their lifestyles. A Green Residence Handbook and training is available for RAs to improve their knowledge of sustainable life skills with information in Energy, Kitchen, Transportation, Water and Waste categories.

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Office of Sustainability employees full-time summer students as well as part-time students during the Fall and Winter terms. Student projects can range from organizing outreach campaigns, marketing plans, developing new strategies (i.e. Transportation Strategies), creating reports from audit data, preparing STARS applications, etc.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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