Administration and Operations
Informing the development of sustainability practices across our administrative and operational endeavors.
In 2019, a renewed Climate Action Plan (CAP) was released building on the 2010 plan, which identified progressive targets and strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting in a 30% reduction by 2018.
The CAP is an operational roadmap for the transition to a carbon neutral campus and an important tool to drive the university’s contribution to meeting the Canadian GHG emissions reduction targets. It confirms the high-level strategies that the university will act upon to reduce GHG emissions from campus operations.
UCalgary's 2019 CAP brings renewed targets and strategies to continue deep cuts in institutional GHG emissions, with an emphasis on enabling a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030 from the 2008 baseline and the achievement of an aspirational target of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Water use per person on campus was 49% lower in 2018-19, than in 2008.
Zero Carbon Building
The MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment was one of 16 projects across the country selected to participate in the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building pilot program.
SDG 9, SDG 11, SDG 13
As of March 2019, the university had over 137,000 square metres throughout 11 LEED-certified projects, with one of the largest number of LEED-certified projects on a Canadian post-secondary campus.
SDG 9, SDG 11
Over 85% of trees and shrubs on campus are native to Calgary and region.
The University of Calgary installs low-flow and low-flush devices in all new buildings on campus. Other initiatives to conserve water on campus include:
- Rainwater and recycled water is used for toilet flushing in the Energy Environment and Experiential Learning Building and in the Child Development Centre.
- Recycled water from the Central Heating and Cooling Plant is also used for irrigation throughout the main campus.
SDG 6, SDG 9
The University of Calgary is working to reduce impacts on the environment and surrounding communities through programs, incentives and travel alternatives to commute to campus including:
- Over 90 bike rack locations are available on main campus, as well as two secure bike shelters available to permit holders – one in the Arts Parkade and one in the Health Science Centre.
- Full-time students have access to Calgary transit services through the Universal Pass Program (UPass).
- Shower facilities are available in the Child Development Centre, Clinical Skills Building, Downtown Campus, Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building, Kinesiology A and the Taylor Institute.
SDG 11, SDG 13
Seven projects were undertaken in 2018-19 through the Campus Mental Health Strategy (CMHS) grants, helping to advance the strategy's 28 recommendations and six focus areas.
The University of Calgary uses approximately 99% EcoLogo or Green Seal Certified cleaning products that are biodegradable, environmentally friendly and mostly scent-free, along with ergonomically designed tools to help staff reduce repetitive strain injuries.
SDG 3, SDG 12, SDG 14
Taking Action for Mental Health
Many faculties and units have formally committed to implementing the Campus Mental Health Strategy by creating standing committees to gather information and implement initiatives that positively impact mental health.
The University of Calgary was awarded National Air Filtration Association’s Clean Air Awards for several facilities on campus, including the Taylor Family Digital Library and the Child Development Centre.
SDG 3, SDG 11
The University of Calgary Bookstore has been a Fair Labour Affiliate for four years, with over 80% of apparel meeting standards that ensure workers are safe and companies are held accountable for their operating procedures.
SDG 8, SDG 12
This garage-like sale managed by Supply Chain Management has been taking place on campus for the past 18 years on every second Friday of the month. Inventory includes desks, chairs, computer monitors, office supplies and more.
Last year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies implemented a new online process for visiting graduate students to apply and enroll, removing the need to print long paper forms and increasing efficiency.
The Dining Centre reduced waste produced by over 40% with the introduction of an All You Care to Eat meal plan in fall 2018. This new system eliminated all post-consumer waste streams but compost.