In 2010, the Office of Sustainability Academic Advisory Committee defined sustainability as: “the process of living within the limits of available physical, natural and social resources in ways that allow the living systems in which humans are embedded to thrive in perpetuity.”
This definition was used for the university’s Sustainability Plan 2012–16 and 2016–20.
The University of Alberta is a charter member of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System™. STARS is a voluntary self-reporting framework developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Using STARS, the Sustainability Council continues to work with university partners to recognize, gauge and accelerate the university’s progress towards sustainability.
The university has received a Gold rating in 2014, 2017 and 2020.
Thank you to our partners
Partners and Sponsors
Alberta Environment and Parks
City of Edmonton
Natural Resources Canada
Red Arrow Motorcoach
University of Alberta Students’ Union
University of Alberta Collaborators
Campus Food Bank
Energy Management and Sustainable Operations
English Language School
Global Education Program
Intersections of Gender
Kule Institute for Advanced Study
Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Place
Undergraduate Research Initiative
University of Alberta International
2020–21 Academic Leadership
Robert Summers, Academic Director
Lars Hallstrom, Associate Director (departed 2020)