Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.26
Liaison Matt Wolsfeld
Submission Date March 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Saskatchewan
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Matt Wolsfeld
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
University of Saskatchewan and City of Saskatoon Climate Commitment and Call to Action

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In September 2021, the University of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon signed a joint climate commitment to speed up the transition to a green community. The Climate Commitment and Call to Action—which progresses the goals of a first-of-its-kind 2017 memorandum of understanding (MOU) between a Canadian university and municipality—acknowledges the need to enhance sustainable and resilient practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt infrastructure, services, and programs for the future impacts of a changing climate. The commitment also recognizes the action that is needed to slow, and ultimately prevent, the rise in the global average temperature and aims to facilitate the transition to a clean energy economy.

The pledge to improve and accelerate equitable climate performance includes areas in collaboration; reconciliation, decolonization and Indigenization; equity, diversity and inclusion; buildings and energy efficiency; sustainable transportation; sustainable land use; solid waste reduction; renewable energy; water conservation; environmental protection and ecosystem stewardship; leadership; and accountability.

While both the city and the university have their own climate action plans, this additional commitment will provide common ground between the institution and municipality in order to make way for easier collaboration.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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