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

STARS v2.2

University of Manitoba
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Christie Nairn
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

• Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP)
• Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
• Canadian College and University Environmental Network (CCUEN)
• Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN): https://www.unsdsn.org/canada

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

• UM Faculty of Earth, Environment, & Resources and the Office of Sustainability are members of the Manitoba Eco-Network which aims to facilitate environmental awareness and expand community connections. UM provides support and sustainability expertise when needed.
• Higher education representative on the Fair Trade Winnipeg Steering Committee, supporting community and student outreach.
• Higher education representative on the Province of Manitoba’s Sustainable Procurement Committee which examines sustainability and social procurement principles for the public sector.

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture Virtual Conference 2021 – Co-hosted by the University of Manitoba with the aim to bring together researchers, students, producers, government, commodity organizations and industry representatives with a range of perspectives to collectively share ideas and experiences about how to improve agricultural sustainability in Canada. UM presenters included Dr. Yvonne Lawley on using cover crops to reach soil health goals in integrated crop-livestock systems

Emerging Themes in Indigenous Business March 2021 – Hosted by the University of Manitoba, the conference connected over 2000 academics from around the world and included presentations by UM representatives on topics such as self-determination and sustainability, resilience, storytelling, imprinting and entrepreneurship, and Two-Eyed Seeing (e.g., the depth of understanding that comes from simultaneously adopting Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews).

Sustainability Day 2022 – Hosted by the Office of Sustainability, Sustainability Day inspires UM students, staff, faculty and external partners to Take Action for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This event is hosted by the Office of Sustainability and held annually to celebrate innovative ideas, research and actions to create a more sustainable future. In 2022, the Office of Sustainability presented on the forthcoming University Climate Action Plan that charts a path for the UM to reach net-zero by 2050.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

In 2021, a duo of Asper undergraduate students paired up with two students from the Price Faculty of Engineering to win their division and placed first in the Digital Workplace Innovation Case Competition hosted by the Haskayne School of Business. Each case team was required to build a strategy that addresses the issues affecting the agriculture industry. Their strategy had to consider innovation, technology and digitization in the future of agriculture and its role in keeping the world fed. The team chose to examine how Canada can minimize the environmental impacts of cattle farming while increasing production. They proposed changing the diet of cattle and introducing a roper system in the short term while implementing smart farming techniques in the long term.


Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The annual Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA) Emerging Issues conference will have a MEIA Student Chapter member on the Planning committee for the conference every year. Including MEIA Student Chapter Board Chair, Joni Reimer from the University of Manitoba on the committee for 2021. The conference brings together environmental managers and consultants, legal professionals, academia, government, industry, and other stakeholders to discuss the new developments in climate change, waste diversion, sustainable energy and cleantech opportunities in Manitoba.

In 2020, UM was on the planning committee and set to host the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP) and Canadian College and University Environmental Network (CCUEN) joint conference which featured two full days of sustainability-related speakers and tours around the city. The conference was postponed in result of COVID-19 and has yet to be rescheduled at the UM.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The Manitoba Sustainability Leaders Network offers a sharing platform for institutions across the province. This group of public and private institutions shares best practices, project ideas and connections to fulfilling their sustainability plans. Members of the network meet one-on-one when needing help or seeking mentorship on specific topics.


Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

The Office of Sustainability employees and students peer review STARS submissions of other subscribing institutions.

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

UM and the University of Winnipeg have a Joint Discipline Committee that oversees collaborative programs between the two institutions. The Joint M.A. Program in Peace and Conflict Studies was developed to cover sustainable development topics collaboratively between both institutions.


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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