University of Calgary

Sustainability Report to the Community

UToday HomeNovember 6, 2012

Over the course of the last year, 667 students contributed more than 8,520 hours in community service learning programs, 2,760 students graduated from a program with required sustainability content, researchers were involved in more than 100 sustainability related projects and campus members reduced potable water consumption by a third.

These are just a few of the facts in the university’s recently released Sustainability Report, which outlines progress on approximately 300 qualitative and quantitative indicators across various sustainability frameworks, including STARS and imagineCALGARY

“The Sustainability Report is the University of Calgary’s report to the community on how we are progressing toward institutional sustainability goals,” says Joanne Perdue, the university’s chief sustainability officer. “It encompasses student co-curricular activities, learning and teaching, and research, as well as administrative and operational activities.”

Also mentioned is that accessibility to education was improved with $3.8 million in awards and bursaries offered with consideration to financial need, and that Corporate Knights magazine ranked the university No. 1 in Canada for integrating sustainability in the engineering program, second for the Master of Business Administration program, and third for the undergraduate business program.

Within operations, the report documents everything from diverting 20 different waste streams from the landfill to reducing emissions and saving more than $4 million in energy costs through the Energy Performance Initiative – a program that addresses energy supply, building performance and other factors in building usage.

“The report is a reflection of our institutional commitment to excellence and leadership in sustainability, and the significant progress we have made toward achieving our goals,” says University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon.

“We have taken on this wide-ranging sustainability challenge because we believe we are uniquely positioned here to lead, to develop both interdisciplinary and systems-based solutions for the communities we serve, and to model sustainable development practices in our daily campus activities.”

The report was compiled by the Office of Sustainability with the assistance of six MBA students and Irene Herremans of the Haskayne School of Business. It is a companion to the institution’s Annual Report and the Institutional Sustainability Plan.

“We owe a nod of thanks to the thousands of staff, faculty and students all across campus who are involved in the variety of sustainability activities, and to everyone who provided information for the report,” says Perdue.

Read the Summary Report or Full Report.