Office of Sustainability

What We Do

Reporting to the President's Office, the University of Saskatchewan's Office of Sustainability mission is to build a model sustainable campus through community engagement and collaborative action. We strive to foster the growth of a culture of sustainability throughout all areas of campus life—education, research, operations, governance and community engagement. The Office of Sustainability:

  • Oversees implementation of initiatives from the Sustainability Strategy 2021-2030 and other sustainability-related plans;
  • Advises university units on how to minimize their sustainability impacts and align their work with the Sustainability Strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Acts as a resource on sustainability issues for University Plan 2025;
  • Assists with the university's greenhouse gas reporting;
  • Oversees sustainability performance reporting using STARS.
  • Assists sustainability reporting in THE, QS, and other sustainability-related university rankings.
  • Develops programs, tools, and resources to build awareness of sustainability issues and practices to catalyze change;
  • Supports student sustainability initiatives;
  • Coordinates a culture of 'Campus as a Living Lab' to enable student learning opportunities using campus operations to learn about sustainability issues and propose actionable solutions for the university;
  • Identifies opportunities for sustainability-related academic research using campus operations as a living laboratory;
  • Fosters partnerships and collaboration to maximize opportunities for working together across boundaries on sustainability;
  • Identifies practices to embed sustainability in planning, decision-making and other aspects of governance.
  • Provides support for the Sustainability Revolving Fund.


The Office of Sustainability is a group of dedicated individuals who strive to bring about positive change not only at our university, but throughout our community. Please do not hesitate to contact us, as sharing knowledge through open communication allows our community to work together more effectively.

Janelle Hutchinson

Janelle Hutchinson, Chief Sustainability Officer

Chief Sustainability Officer

As the University of Saskatchewan's first Chief Sustainability Officer, Janelle leads the implementation of our Sustainability Strategy 2021 - 2030: Critical Path to Sustainability and assists leaders across the organization with moving the work of the sustainability strategy forward. Janelle works with individuals within key portfolios with specific responsibilities for academic/curriculum, research/discovery, institutional operations and external engagement to implement the strategy. Additionally, Janelle is responsible for institutional-level sustainability work such as reporting on the success of the strategy and other sustainability-related initiatives, coordinating governance and advisory tables, creating and managing policy and procedures, leading communications strategies, and representing the university to external stakeholders.

Matt Wolsfeld

Matt Wolsfeld, Community Engagement Co-ordinator at the U of S Office of Sustainability

Reporting and Engagement Specialist

Matt works to celebrate and map the progress of the Sustainability Strategy and to facilitate the development of a strong culture of sustainability that is visible throughout campus. By supporting the collection of sustainability data across all areas of campus life, reporting on the progress of the Sustainability Strategy, and leading campus sustainability engagement initiatives to bring all community members into the fold, he helps to create a campus community that intentionally chooses and initiates sustainable behaviour, contributing their part to achieving USask’s sustainability goals.

Dana Kwan

Dana Kwan, Community Engagement and Events Coordinator

Community Engagement and Events Coordinator

Dana works with staff, faculty, and students to facilitate the development of a strong culture of sustainability that is visible throughout campus. By supporting and carrying out the Sustainability Strategy's community engagement objectives, she helps to achieve the vision of a campus community intentionally choosing and initiating sustainable behaviour in all areas of campus life.