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

STARS v2.2

University of Manitoba
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christie Nairn
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Office of Sustainability creates and publishes a quarterly newsletter that is emailed out to a mailing list. The newsletter contains information on upcoming programs, events and initiatives the Office of Sustainability or other University departments are taking part in. The newsletter contains summaries about each topic and links to webpages with more complete information on the Office of Sustainability website or other UM websites.

The Office of sustainability also operates an Instagram and Twitter account, @sustainableuofm , where sustainability tips and initiatives are shared more frequently.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

• All LEED-certified buildings on University of Manitoba campuses have signage on the outside of the buildings indicating the LEED ranking received.
• There is Carpool signage located in parking lots properly identifying all carpool stalls.
• There is Electric Vehicle signage located in parking lots properly identifying all stalls with EV charging capabilities.
• All food services locations that collect organic waste to be composted have signage in front of the restaurant indicating so for students, staff and faculty to acknowledge.
• Educational waste signage is located over hallway waste bins to ensure the UM community is making informed decisions about what stream their waste goes into.
• The Sustainability in Action Facility on the Fort Garry campus has signage located around the building describing sustainable building features such as the use of hay and other vegetation in building construction materials and renewable energy technologies.
• The Indigenous Art and Placemaking Installations is an initiative intended to affect the physical environment of the Fort Garry campus by making Indigenous arts, cultures, and languages more prominent and visible. The project explores themes related to transportation, movement, connections to land and water, Indigenous student experiences, language reclamation and reconciliation, and Indigenous advocacy and activism. https://umanitoba.ca/admin/campus_planning_office/indigenous_art/index.html
• The Great Trail, the longest trail network in the world, travels through the center of the Fort Garry campus and has Indigenous-themed murals as well as a full-service community bike shop located alongside. https://news.umanitoba.ca/partners-help-u-of-m-enhance-the-great-trail/

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The UM participates in Janes Walk, an international event and movement held annually in early May, aimed at bringing communities together through walking tours. The Office of Sustainability hosts the walk that celebrates urban walkability and sustainable neighborhoods.
A Sustainability Guide & Walking Tour is also available to UM community members to help users find sustainable transportation routes, greenspaces, and sustainable education facilities.



Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Office of Sustainability produces a Green Office Guide (and certification program), that is available on our website for student and staff use. Additionally, a green residence guide is presented to students living in residence on campus at the beginning of the school year. The handbooks provide tips on how to incorporate sustainability into their lifestyle, information about related University services, and quick facts and information on the topics of energy, kitchen, transportation, waste, and water.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

A Plant Guide is available on the UM Sustainability site, which provides an overview of easy to care for plants, tips to being a successful plant parent and highlights the benefits of greening your indoor space. https://umanitoba.ca/sustainability/sites/sustainability/files/2020-12/office-plant-guide-final.pdf

The Climate Anxiety and Wellbeing Resource Guide provides information for UM community members who may be experiencing climate anxiety, know someone else who is experiencing it, or are looking to learn more about it. https://umanitoba.ca/sustainability/sites/sustainability/files/2022-04/climate-anxiety-resource-guide.pdf

The Green Events Guide offers tips and resources for creating a greener virtual event with the new Green Virtual Events Certification program. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=C92AT4wzTE6KFJBEaWL3uLq5v7TePLVOiUCNlwDVJQ5UQzRaME9LNk0yNklBUFU0Rk5CT09ZU0JGUC4u

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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