University of Alberta
University of Alberta employee  

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why University of Alberta was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • University of Alberta manages a number of unique rebate and grant programs to encourage employees and students to share their green ideas, including the Sustainability Enhancement Fund, which supports collaborative projects that improve the university's overall operational performance -- the fund is supported by cost savings already realized by previous energy efficient projects (nine projects received over $250,000 in funding last year)
  • University of Alberta introduced the "Eco Move Out" program in 2012 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 55,000 kg goods were diverted last year) -- and recently introduced the "Eco Move In Market", hosted in August to provide opportunities to resell usable goods from the spring move-out program
  • University of Alberta adopted the "One Simple Act on Campus" initiative to encourage employees, faculty and students to commit to one of twenty possible actions related to waste reduction, energy efficiency, sustainable living or water management -- the University 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
University of Alberta employees attending the university's Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards  


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Camrose AB
Full-time employees in Canada 8,619
Employee green team Office of Sustainability, The "ecoREP" (Reach, Education & Peer-to-Peer) program comprised of grad students, faculty and employees who work on a variety of programs and initiatives designed to "green" the campus
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Deputy Provost, Vice President of Facilities and Operations
Formal strategy/policy name Office of Sustainability (oversees the ongoing "Campus Sustainability Initiative"), Energy Management Program (est. 1975 and recently completed a 7-year $25 million initiative to reduce emissions and save energy)
Green highlights ECO Move-Out spring initiative (waste diversion program for students moving out of residence) and the ECO Move-In fall market (to resell usable goods from the move-out program) Sustainability Awareness Week (includes a week of campus workshops, tours and events), on campus car sharing program, Green Labs (program to help laboratories adopt sustainable practices), Freezer Rebate Program (funding to help labs purchase energy efficient freezers), Sustainability Enhancement Fund (grants for operational and technical ideas), Green Grants (program to encourage students and staff to submit their sustainability ideas), One Simple Act on Campus (modelled after provincial and national programs), Sustainability Campus Tours, Student Sustainability Summit, Sustainability Awareness Week (first hosted in 2008), community garden (two-acre organic garden) and the Prairie Urban Farm (one-acre demonstration garden for locally grown food), numerous graduate and undergraduate programs related to sustainability
Extended recycling organics
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour, Commuter Challenge, Habitat for Humanity, Green Key Eco-Rating Program, EcoStay Program, Sustainability Speaker Series (sponsored in partnership with the City of Edmonton and other organizations)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, LED lighting retrofits, daylight and occupancy sensors, solar thermal system, a number of LEED certified structures on campus (including Silver and Gold designations), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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