Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.86
Liaison Joseph Wasylycia-Leis
Submission Date March 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Winnipeg
EN-9: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Sherman Kreiner
Managing Director of UWCRC
UW Campus Renewal Corporation
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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:

A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

Various departments and offices at the University participate in a number of short-term or longer term research, education, and/or outreach partnerships that advance sustainability in Winnipeg and elsewhere.

One example is the Campus Sustainability Office's annual partnership with the Manitoba Environmental Youth Network to host a province-wide sustainability conference for high-school students on the UWinnipeg campus. The University provides space, technical support and help with advertising the conference. The Youth Network and the CSO work together to program the event. http://www.mbeconetwork.org/component/k2/item/525-greenspace-youth-conference

Several other examples of partnerships can be found in courses and research projects. Some representative links below.



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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:

A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):

The University engages in a range of collaborative partnerships related to sustainability. One example is UWinnipeg's work with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Government of Manitoba to coordinate consultations for the Province's new Climate Change and Green Economy Action Plan. UWinnipeg's role has been primarily on the portion of the plan focused on the green economy and jobs. This is a project that will last approximately two years. University staff and space are being used to support the project. IISD, UWinnipeg, and the province are working together on project development, decision making, implementation, and project review.


A sample of links to other relevant partnerships is provided below:


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Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:

A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:

In June, 2009, The University of Winnipeg introduced a new concept in campus dining called Diversity Food Services Inc. The architects of this food services delivery model are two Winnipeg based organizations, The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation (UWCRC) and SEED Winnipeg.

SEED Winnipeg, Inc. is a non-profit agency that has been operating in Winnipeg since 1993. Its' mandate it is to combat inner-city poverty by aiding people in their efforts to save money and to start small sustainable ventures. By offering business management training, individual help and business advice, small business loans and savings programs, SEED Winnipeg, working in partnership with like-minded organizations, has been instrumental in changing the course of many lives in the inner-city.

Diversity Foods is governed by a volunteer board that is composed of both representatives from SEED Winnipeg and the UWCRC.

Both SEED and the UWCRC operate with mandates to work within a stakeholder engagement framework. In particular, a key purpose of the UWCRC is to bring the community to the table with formal input through the Board governance process, throughout the planning and implementation stages of all University development and to create opportunities for joint University/community initiatives. (http://uwinnipeg.ca/uwcrc/)

The mandate of Diversity Food Services is developing nutritious, fairly-priced and ethnically diverse food options. Diversity focuses, wherever possible, on locally sourced foods, organic ingredients, and a commitment to fair-trade practices.

Diversity provides training, mentorship and employment to those in our surrounding community who may face barriers to meaningful work is an approach that is unique among food service providers serving universities in Canada.

This is an ongoing partnership that addresses multiple sustainability issues, including community resilience, support for a local food economy, and advocacy for social enterprise and just food systems in Manitoba.

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A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:

The University launched a campus sustainability partnership with Kyiv Polytechnique Institute in Ukraine in 2014.

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

Responsible Party listed here is for Diversity Foods. Other partnerships, contact the Campus Sustainability Office for more details.

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