University of Alberta
University of Alberta employees and students provided guests reusable plates at the President's Picnic

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why University of Alberta was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • University of Alberta maintains an Office of Sustainability to oversee and create awareness of the university's many environmental initiatives and manages the "ecoREP" program to engage employees, faculty and students to become sustainability champions -- the university also manages the unique "Sustainability Enhancement Fund" to support volunteer projects dedicated to building a sustainable campus (the fund is financed through savings generated from previous energy efficiency projects)
  • University of Alberta hosts an annual "Sustainability Awareness Week" which features workshops, tours and fun events across its three campuses and approximately 8,000 participants in the past year -- the university recently introduced the "Eco Move Out" program to provide opportunities for departing students to reduce waste by donating or recycling electronics, non-perishable food items, personal care products, and clothing and household items -- over 9,500kg goods were donated or recycled last year
  • University of Alberta adopted the "One Simple Act on Campus" initiative to encourage employees, faculty and students to commit to one of 20 possible actions related to waste reduction, energy efficiency, sustainable living or water management -- the organization also maintains a one acre Prairie Urban Farm to demonstrate urban gardening possibilities, as well as a two-acre pesticide and fertilizer-free community garden run entirely by volunteers -- along with healthy organic produce, the garden raises funds for a non-profit organization that supports women in Rwanda
University of Alberta faculty, students and employees enjoyed a bike-powered concert at the university's Sustainability Awareness Week

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Camrose AB
Full-time employees in Canada 8,417
Employee green team Office of Sustainability launched the "ecoREP" (Reach, Education & Peer-to-Peer) program in 2011 that is comprised of employees, faculty and employees who work on a variety of programs and initiatives designed to greening the campus
Senior executive to oversee initiatives yes
Formal strategy/policy name Office of Sustainability oversees the ongoing "Campus Sustainability Initiative", Energy Management Program (established in 1975)
Unique green initiatives ECO Move Out initiative (targeted waste diversion program for students moving out of residence), Sustainability Awareness Week (includes a week of campus workshops, tours and events), on-campus car sharing program, One Simple Act on Campus (modeled after provincial and national programs), Community Garden, Green Spaces Certification (in-house program to recognize sustainable initiatives across campus), new Certificate in Sustainability program for undergraduate students (in addition to a number of graduate and undergraduate programs that are related to sustainability)
In-house waste reduction and recycling organics
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour, Commuter Challenge, Habitat for Humanity, Sustainability Speaker Series (sponsored in partnership with the City of Edmonton and a number of other campus and community organizations), Sustainability Scholars ($5,000 grants for graduate student work on sustainability projects with the City of Edmonton)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, LED lighting, solar thermal system, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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