Our Green Campus: Today and Tomorrow

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations

The University of Alberta exhibits leadership in green projects across our five campuses through successful planning and implementation in energy management and sustainable operations.

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STARS® Gold
3rd time in a row

One of Canada's Greenest Employers
13th year in a row

Participating in a greener future

A sustainable future doesn't just happen—we need your help to get there.

Start by learning about sustainability, waste handling and more. Take the Green Labs e-Class or join the Green Labs Leaders Network. Then integrate sustainable practices into your research, lab or office and access grants, rebates and even win awards.


Investing in a greener future

Our sustainable projects reduce environmental impact, operate a more efficient campus and support the university's mission of academic teaching and research.

Every day, staff, researchers and other collaborators are on campus working towards a more sustainable future: a comprehensive energy management program, a water conservation program and more innovative green tech projects—all using U of A campus as a living lab as a place for experiential learning while they do so.

66K tonnes fewer
GHG emissions per year since adopting 2012's reduction plan

31% decrease
in building energy use intensity since the 1970s

38% certified
green building space across U of A’s campuses

See the benefits of green initiatives for yourself

Find sustainable projects around our campuses, get a closer look at how we’ve reduced energy, use our green building map to see how we've certified 38% of our building space under a green building rating system or see how U of A obtained a STARS Gold rating by exploring our results dashboard.

Request More Data

Staff, students, researchers and consultants can also get access to the Sustainability Information Management System (SIMS), a library of resources and materials related to the sustainability features of University of Alberta buildings. Please email emso@ualberta.ca to request access.

Figure: About GHG Emissions Over Time

The University of Alberta's greenhouse gas emissions inventory is updated annually, enabling us to visualize trends in emissions over time. The inventory includes anything within the university's operational boundary, including campuses, research stations and some miscellaneous facilities too.

Scope 1 (direct emissions), scope 2 (purchased electricity) and scope 3 (indirect emissions) align with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

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The team behind the scenes

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations (EMSO) works to reduce the university's overall environmental impact by planning and implementing strategic sustainability projects across its five campuses.

Through partnerships with university departments, faculties and external stakeholders, EMSO tackles sustainable projects related to climate, energy, water, waste, transportation, green buildings certification, purchasing and procurement and food and dining.

Collaborating and partnering

Partnerships with university departments, faculties and external stakeholders are just some of the ways Energy Management and Sustainable Operations works with others to lead the way in efficiency and green energy. Contact us if you're interested in collaborating.

Email us at emso@ualberta.ca or follow us on Twitter @UAlbertaEMSO

Augustana Campus' solar rooftop solar panels.

Pictured: the new solar solar panels on the Augustana Forum building.

Energy Management and Sustainable Operations (EMSO) leads and facilitates sustainability projects at UAlberta. Often partnering with university departments, faculties or external stakeholders, we look for new ways to reduce the university's environmental impact. Our goal is to help UAlberta remain a leader in sustainable operations-now and in the future.

Major Projects

From our comprehensive energy management program and our greenhouse gas inventory, to our water management plan, our projects have a direct positive impact that reduces resource use at UAlberta.

Interactive Dashboards

Our Interactive Dashboards provide a full picture of the many ways we improve energy efficiency and increase conservation at UAlberta. See how we reduce energy and water use on campus, check out which UAlberta buildings are green-building certified and learn about some of our current sustainability projects.

Campus Sustainability Grant

Have an idea that will improve sustainability at UAlberta? Learn how you can get your campus sustainability project financed.

Green Spaces

Our Green Spaces program recognizes you for green living! Explore our tips on using sustainable practices while on campus, in residence and at university events, submit your Green Spaces application, and earn the recognition you deserve!

Green Labs

UAlberta supports its research community by building and operating healthy, safe and green teaching and research labs. Learn how our Green Labs program helps reduce waste and conserve resources on campus.

Green Technology

EMSO collaborates with researchers and faculty to strategically implement innovative green technologies across our campuses. These technologies help meet the university's greenhouse gas reduction target of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. Check out some of our featured green technology projects!

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