When you view the online 2016 Sustainability Report you'll see tangible progress being made in all aspects of sustainability at the University of Calgary. The report features stories that showcase our students, faculty and staff and the work they are doing to support the goals of our Institutional Sustainability Strategy (ISS) and the university's leadership in sustainability.
"Different from past years' reports, the 2016 report is offered online and structured around the goals of our Institutional Sustainability Strategy which was developed in broad consultation with students, faculty, staff and community partners over the course of two years," says Joanne Perdue, chief sustainability officer. "In turn, the report celebrates accomplishments and illustrates progress made on sustainability in teaching and research, engagement, and in our administrative and operational activities."
Many of the accomplishments celebrated in the 2016 Sustainability Report were a result of the collective impact of actions taken daily by the campus community. Here are just a few:
- our students contributed over 1.3 million hours of community service
- we launched the first required core course of the upcoming embedded Certificate in Sustainability Studies
- 80 per cent of departments conducting research were engaged in sustainability-related research
- we became the first post-secondary in Alberta to be designated a fair trade campus
- ranked 8th in Canada on Corporate Knights Canada Future 40 Responsible Corporate Leaders list
- reduced GHG emissions per student by 37 per cent compared to 2008
“Our achievements reflect the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty and staff both on campus and in the wider community. We have a lot to be proud of but also recognize that our journey doesn’t end here,” says Perdue. “We all have a stake in progressing the university’s sustainability goals and I challenge all campus members to read the 2016 Sustainability Report with an eye for where they may contribute in our journey towards excellence and leadership in sustainability.”
Everyone can build sustainability into their campus experience, from taking one of over 350 sustainability related or focused courses to embracing teaching or research that helps solve complex challenges on campus and in the community. On a daily basis we can incorporate decisions into our daily actions that help reduce waste, conserve water, reduce emissions, and look after our personal health and well-being.
In addition to reading the 2016 Sustainability Report you can learn more about sustainability on campus or how to get involved by visiting the sustainability website. You can also help further the conversation around sustainability by sharing your contributions and the stories featured within the report via your social networks using #ucalgarySR.