In recognition of Campus Sustainability Day on October 22, the University of Saskatchewan Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce new initiatives that will help the university achieve its sustainability goals. All members of the campus community are encouraged to learn about and take advantage of these new opportunities.
Education and Research Initiatives
Sustainability Living Lab – With generous support from Fisher Scientific, students, faculty and staff can work collaboratively on applied projects that address campus sustainability issues and challenges through project-based courses. Staff, students and faculty from all disciplines can forward ideas and requests for projects to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate Certificate of Proficiency in Sustainability – The first of its kind in Canada, this certificate offered by the School of Environment and Sustainability enriches a student's current degree program and helps them stand out from the crowd following graduation. Contact email@example.com.
Education for Sustainable Development Event – The university’s Sustainability Education Research Institute,School of Environment and Sustainability and Office of Sustainability hosting the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) 2015 Recognition Event on May 6, 2015. Save the date! Details will be released early 2015.
Campus Sustainability Revolving Fund – This $2-million fund finances sustainability projects that result in utility savings, capturing and reinvesting some of those savings to maintain the fund’s balance and make further investments in sustainability. Any campus units are eligible to apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy & Water Conservation Policy – Intended to ensure the university uses energy and water efficiently, wisely and responsibly, this policy has received institutional approval.
Community Engagement and Operations Initiatives
Work Green – This network of campus workplaces is committed to improving the sustainability of their day-to-day operations. Nine campus workplaces have already signed up, including the Office of the President. We are looking for Green Champions in your workplace; contact email@example.com to get started!
printSMART – On October 20 the University Library launched its printSMART campaign. Students will learn about the many ways they can reduce paper use.
The development of these initiatives has been guided by the Campus Sustainability Plan, developed during the Second Integrated Planning Cycle, and the Climate Action Plan, developed in response to the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada. These initiatives will also move our university closer to its goal of a silver rating under the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System™ by 2020. We currently have a bronze rating.
Today is Campus Sustainability Day, an annual event when North American universities celebrate their sustainability successes and innovations. To celebrate the day, the Sustainability Committee invites students, faculty and staff to learn more about our recent successes and innovations by taking part in the Learn, Live, Work Green online scavenger hunt.