Our Approach


The University of Alberta is a member of many sustainability-related networks:

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

The university has been a member of AASHE since 2008. AASHE is a network of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education in North America and beyond. Learn more about AASHE and how students, faculty and staff can access its benefits and resources.


Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada)

The university is progressively certifying its buildings under the BOMA BEST program. The program addresses the energy usage and environmental performance of buildings based on accurate, independently verified information. Learn more about BOMA Canada. 

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)

The CaGBC works to advance green building and sustainable community development practices. The council stewards the LEED Canada Building Rating System. Many of the university’s buildings have either received or are pursuing LEED certification. Learn more about CaGBC.

Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP)

CUSP is a Canada-wide network of college and university sustainability professionals; it coordinates networking and learning opportunities for members, and builds connections with other Sustainability Alliances. The university co-chairs the CUSP Alberta network with the University of Calgary. Learn more about CUSP.

International District Energy Association (IDEA)

IDEA facilitates the exchange of information between district energy professionals, working to inform, connect and advance the district energy industry. IDEA promotes energy efficiency and environmental quality by advancing district heating, district cooling and cogeneration. Learn more about IDEA.

International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

ISCN is a global association of top colleges and universities. Representing more than 30 countries, ISCN works to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching. The university became the second Canadian member of ISCN in 2017. Learn more about ISCN.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System

The university registered as a Charter Participant in STARS® in 2010. Since then, we have submitted reports annually. Learn more about our STARS rating.