About

The Sustainability Council is an academic leadership unit promoting and enabling sustainability scholarship. The council and its staff lead an inter-faculty initiative to integrate sustainability into academics by developing curriculum resources, experiential learning opportunities, research support and student leadership.

The Sustainability Council is the successor to the Office of Sustainability, which led a university-wide sustainability initiative from 2009–2018.

The Sustainability Council is a new initiative launching in September 2018. It connects people across all disciplines and faculties who are interested in sustainability.

Inaugural director, Robert Summers, leads a team of three associate directors, and a small office of project planners, interns and volunteers.

The council will be governed by a board representing the deans of all 18 faculties. The board is expected to convene for the first time in Winter Term 2019.

The difference we make

Students who understand sustainability are able to forge durable connections between ecological renewal, social resilience, peace and prosperity. Sustainable solutions are designed to last for generations. The Sustainability Council works to ensure University of Alberta learners and researchers are exposed to these powerful perspectives. Our key programs enable all undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and instructors have access to sustainability resources, regardless of their faculty or discipline.


Sustainability touches on many other aspects of life at the University of Alberta. If you have questions about the sustainability of the university's buildings, grounds energy use or food system, you want to talk to Energy Management & Sustainable Operations (EMSO).

If you want to join a student club, tune-up your bike or find other ways to hone your sustainable lifestyle, you want to talk to Sustain SU, the students' union's sustainability service.