UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
STRATEGY Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Joanne Perdue, Chief Sustainability Officer at the University of Calgary, about a major new strategy which will shape the future of sustainability at the university.
THE UCALGARYCARES PROGRAM ENABLES STUDENTS TO FURTHER THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF SUSTAINABILITY COMPLEXITIES, MAKE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS AND DEVELOP LEADERSHIP SKILLS THROUGH SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN LOCAL AND GLOBAL COMMUNITIES.
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With its 50th anniversary coming up this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking the University of Calgary might be inclined to look backwards. The university’s alumni have been to the International Space Station (Dr. Robert Thirsk), occupied the Prime Minister’s Office (Stephen Harper), and invented the Java programming language (James Gosling). What’s more, in 2013, the university was rated Gold for sustainability under AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), and, as reported in Sustainable Business Magazine in 2014, it has achieved spectacular successes in waste diversion and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Laurel-resting, however, is not an option for the University of Calgary. On February 24th, the university officially launched its new Institutional Sustainability Strategy, the successor to its 2010 Institutional Sustainability Plan. The strategy reaffirms the university’s commitment to sustainability.