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

STARS v2.2

University of Saskatchewan
IN-49: Innovation C

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:
Critical Path to Sustainability: USask's 2021-2030 Sustainability Strategy

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:
On April 24, 2021, the University of Saskatchewan's University Council, Board of Governors, and University Senate approved Critical Path Forward, the university's first comprehensive sustainability strategy to guide university actions from 2021-2030.

The inaugural sustainability plan commits USask to action on achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. Many of the SDGs align closely with USask’s signature areas of research, including food security, water security, and One Health.

Critical Path Forward is framed around five commitments, five goals and 17 actions geared to achieving the SDGs:

1. Commitment 1 is to be responsive to the university’s social, economic, environmental and cultural settings, and to influence and be influenced by them as solutions to sustainability challenges are created, mobilized, and shared.
2. Commitment 2 is to foster an entrepreneurial campus spirit, and use campus operations and community as a living laboratory to develop, scale up, and share sustainability solutions. The goal by 2030 is to reduce university greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent from 2010 levels, leveraging USask’s research and cutting-edge discoveries to help develop energy-efficient solutions, and to reach net zero by 2050.
3. Commitment 3 is empowering action by supporting a generation of learners and achievers to shift mindsets and expand skillsets to accelerate action to achieve the SDGs. The goal is to create new forms of teaching and learning that produce engaged, enlightened, empathetic, ethical and empowered citizens.
4. Commitment 4 is to capitalize on strengths by bringing together the campus community to create knowledges focused on designing and implementing innovative and workable solutions to sustainability challenges.
5. Commitment 5 is to catalyze social change by promoting, engaging, and supporting the sharing of knowledge, expertise, and experiences to effect needed social changes.

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