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Institutional Sustainability Strategy

Submitted by larthur on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:09am

  

WHERE WE ARE

Sustainability is a core value at UCalgary. It's prioritized in strategy and planning documents institution-wide. It's also reflected in our programs and operations across campus, through:

  • 350+ courses related to sustainability
  • 250+ faculty members engaged in sustainability-related
    teaching or research
  • 50+ sustainability-related student clubs
  • Over  30%  reduction in GHG emissions on our main campus 
  • Eight LEED certified projects, including two Platinum buildings 
  • Fair Trade Campus Designation 

Our journey continues

  

WHERE WE'RE GOING

In our vision, UCalgary is a place where students become sustainability leaders, with learning grounded in sustainability, daily operations that model sustainability, and research that helps solve social and environmental challenges in our community and around the globe.

  

HOW WE'LL GET THERE

In our Institutional Sustainability Strategy, we join three frameworks for sustainability - in academics, engagement, and administration and operations - to integrate our sustainability initiatives and strengthen our connection to industry and the community. Together, they lay out the path toward our vision of leadership.

EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability across the Disciplines

We will:

  • Establish an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program in sustainability studies available to students in all faculties
  • Integrate classroom learning with applied research
  • Continuously evolve interdisciplinary research to respond to local, provincial, national and international needs
 

ENGAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Community as a Learning Partner

We will:

  • Make sustainability a part of everyday campus life
  • Invest in building the sustainability leadership capacity in our faculty and staff
  • Work together with community stakeholders, including municipal and provincial governments, industry leaders and indigenous groups, to develop research and education partnerships aimed at addressing sustainability issues
 

SUSTAINABILITY IN ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS

Campus as a Learning Lab

We will:

  • Lead by example with principled, socially responsible practices in our administrative and operational activities
  • Provide students with applied practice and project-based learning experiences across campus
  • Continuously improve our results in sustainability-based performance indicators and targets

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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Show your commitment. Take the Sustainability Pledge
ucalgary.ca/sustainabilitypledge

Get Informed
ucalgary.ca/sustainability

Get Connected
Subscribe at ucalgary.ca/sustainability/newsletter

Get Involved
Visit the Sustainability Resource Centre in Science B 101