University of Alberta
University of Alberta employee

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why University of Alberta was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • University of Alberta hosts an annual Sustainability Awareness Week which features workshops, tours and fun events across its campuses, a Sustainability Speaker Series (sponsored in partnership with the City of Edmonton and other organizations) and the Sustainability Scholars initiative, which offers $5,000 grants for graduate students working on sustainability projects with the City of Edmonton (6 awards annually)
  • University of Alberta recently introduced the "Eco Move Out" program in 2015 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 12,000 kg 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 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 working in the university's Green and Gold Community Garden

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Camrose AB
Full-time employees in Canada 8,493
Employee green team 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 "greening" 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 initiative (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 (modelled after provincial and national programs), Community Garden, Green Spaces Certification (in-house program to recognize sustainable initiatives across campus), 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), Sustainability Scholars ($5,000 grants for graduate student work on sustainability projects with the City of Edmonton), Student Sustainability Summit
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, LED lighting retrofits, daylight and occupancy sensors, solar thermal system, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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