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University of Alberta- Building a Sustainable Future
Description/achievement of initiative

Implementation methodologies

The campus sustainability initiative is guided by the university's sustainability plan (i.e., Building a Sustainable Future). The plan is divided into 10 five key focus areas: leadership, education & research, operations & infrastructure, community & culture and health & wellbeing. The plan has 23 goals and 98 strategies for making progress on campus sustainability. The Office of Sustainability coordinates the collection and promotion of sustainability initiatives, offers facilitation and support to assist with implementation of sustainability initiatives, and coordinates reporting on progress of the Sustainability Plan. Working in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, the following leaders facilitate the implementation and coordination of sustainability strategies in this plan: - Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Sustainability - Manager, Energy Management & Sustainable Operations, Facilities & Operations - Director for Sustainability Scholarship and Education, Office of the Provost These leaders work with with unit leads, organizations and established working groups, identify potential collaborators on strategies and provide logistical support for action planning and reporting. Together they identify potential collaborators for each strategy/goal and capture this information in an internal implementation framework. The implementation framework will help build connections between potential collaborators, identify the need for resources or funding, establish performance indicators, and collect the information needed to inform a progress report on this plan. The progress report will be shared with high-level committees and executive champions.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The Office of Sustainability offers a range of programs supporting capacity-building and technology transfer including: - Leading Sustainability At Work. Participants join a 3-day class and work collaboratively with their peers to gain skills, share insights and develop a plan for their area. - Student Sustainability Summit. Participants are exposed to a range of sustainability topics and skill-building activities. - Green Labs Leaders Network. This program is a community of practice associated with energy efficiency, water conservation and waste reduction. - Green Spaces Certification. Participants implement a range of sustainable practices in events, offices, labs, residences and food vending spaces. - Student experience programs. Students are offered opportunities to develop their skills through internships, research placements and paid positions.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


University of Alberta
Updates to initiatives
Goal 4
Goal 12
12.5 - By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
12.8 - By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Sustainability Initiatives Report
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System submission
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System submission
Staff / Technical expertise
Energy Management and Sustainable Operations, Facilities and Operations
Staff / Technical expertise
Office of Sustainability
Staff / Technical expertise
Office of the Provost

This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Basic information
Time-frame: 08/2016 - 12/2020
University of Alberta
Contact information
Trina Innes, Chief Sustainability Officer,
United Nations