About Us

The University of Alberta’s commitment to sustainability is overseen by Facilities and Operations and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). Together, we encourage students, faculty and staff to carefully manage the university's physical, natural and social resources.

What is sustainability?

The Provost’s Academic Advisory Council for Sustainability developed this working definition for sustainability at UAlberta:

“Sustainability is the process of living within the limits of available physical, natural and social resources in ways that allow the living systems in which humans are embedded to thrive in perpetuity.”

Campus sustainability initiatives are organized along three key priority areas.

Teaching and research

The Office of Provost integrates sustainability ideas and practices into the university’s courses and classrooms.

Facilities and operations

The university aims to advance sustainable practices, policies and procedures across campus—in building design and construction, building and grounds maintenance, utilities, dining services, residence operations, and beyond.

Outreach and engagement

Campus-wide communications and programs help integrate sustainability values into all areas of our institution.