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

STARS v2.2

University of Saskatchewan
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Matt Wolsfeld
Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Selection of objectives: By the end of the Third Integrated Planning Cycle (2012-2016): • Produce and publish an inventory of sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses, programs and immersive experiences. • Develop the methodology for a sustainability literacy assessment involving an initial and follow-up assessment of the sustainability literacy of a defined cohort of undergraduate students. • Establish a program of small grants to support the incorporation of sustainability into programs and courses, with the goal of facilitating the revision of 5 to 7 courses per year. By the end of the Four Integrated Planning Cycle (2016-2020) • Establish a library collected focused on sustainability to support sustainability courses and sustainability content in courses. • Establish one sustainability immersive experience appropriate to the context of our university. From Campus Sustainability Plan

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Selection of objectives: By the end of the Third Integrated Planning Cycle (2012-2016): • Establish a jointly administered sustainability student group grant program with the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union. • Create an annual summer student position to provide gardening education and facilitation to community garden participants. By the end of the Fourth Integrated Planning Cycle (2016-2020): • Provide Energy Awareness Training to at least 50 units on campus • Establish a multi category sustainability award that celebrates the sustainability achievements of members of the campus community. From Campus Sustainability Plan

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:
Our goal is reduce energy consumption by 5% annually until the end of the Fourth Integrated Planning Cycle. From our Energy and Water Conservation Policy: http://policies.usask.ca/policies/health-safety-and-environment/energy-and-water-conservation.php

Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
The university's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy is located here: https://policies.usask.ca/policies/equity/equity-diversity-inclusion.php#AuthorizationandApproval More general information on EDI and wellness at USask can be found here: https://wellness.usask.ca/safety/equity-diversity.php Responsibilities within the policy are stated as such: All members of the university community share the responsibility for creating a supportive and inclusive environment. The university community is accountable to: - Foster a culture that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. - Acknowledge and address the biases, underlying beliefs and values, assumptions, and stereotypes that inhibit opportunity in work and learning environments. - Welcome, embrace, and foster positive, informed and inclusive attitudes towards each other. - Provide environments that are free of discrimination and harassment, and inclusive of all individuals. - Ensure the inclusion of perspectives and voices of underrepresented groups in decision-making. College and Units are accountable to: - Critically review college/unit structures, systems, procedures, and processes to address disadvantage and underrepresentation. - Develop research, curriculum, and practices that support equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging and have a positive impact in the broader community. - Critically review college/unit sanctioned documents, publications, and other works to ensure the use of inclusive and non-discriminatory language and images that reflect social and cultural diversity. - Provide physical and virtual environments that are accessible, including but not limited to the equipment and resources within them. - Create and sustain a welcoming environment in their college/unit that reflects social and cultural diversity through signage, art, ceremonial spaces, language, and inclusive cultural practices and protocols. Institutional Leadership are accountable to: - Model the way for the university by demonstrating commitment and action toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive community. - Critically review institutional structures, systems, policies and procedures, and processes to address disadvantage and underrepresentation. - Critically review university sanctioned documents, publications, and other works to ensure the use of inclusive and non-discriminatory language and images that reflect social and cultural diversity. - Provide physical and virtual environments that are accessible, including but not limited to the equipment and resources within them. - Create and sustain a welcoming environment in common spaces that reflects social and cultural diversity through signage, art, ceremonial spaces, language, and inclusive cultural practices and protocols.

Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Major theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
USask Vision Statement We will contribute to a sustainable future by being among the best in the world in areas of special and emerging strengths, through outstanding research, scholarly, and artistic work that addresses the needs and aspirations of our region and the world, and through exceptional teaching and engagement. We will be an outstanding institution of research, learning, knowledge-keeping, reconciliation, and inclusion with and by Indigenous peoples and communities.

The institution’s definition of sustainability:
From University Plan 2025 Nākatēyihtamowin | nakaatayihtaamoowin The principle of sustainability ensures that we take care of the relationships with which we’ve been entrusted—with the land, with the air and water, with our students, colleagues, and neighbours— guided by mindfulness, respect, and reverence. In Cree and Michif, the idea is much bigger, extending to the attention we pay to protecting and honouring the wellness of all humanity and creation, the integrity of our cultural identities, and the stories embedded within language—the baskets of stories— our students, staff, faculty, and partners bring to our community. For the University of Saskatchewan, Nākatēyihtamowin | Nakaatayihtaamoowin is a cultural and ecological touchstone.

Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following?:
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada (UCPCCS)

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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