The University of Alberta is a charter member of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System™ (STARS®).
STARS is a voluntary self-reporting framework developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. This reporting system helps the university recognize and gauge progress towards sustainability. STARS helps our institution:
- Track and report on our sustainability performance
- Share and provide access to information about our sustainability practices
- Use a common set of measurements to compare our sustainability performance over time
- Create incentives to continue improving sustainability on campus
- Build a stronger culture of sustainability
Our STARS Report
Some highlights from the university’s latest STARS report include:
- 45 per cent of our faculty is engaged in sustainable research.
- 11 out of 18 faculties consider interdisciplinarity in their tenure and promotion decisions.
- The vehicle fleet includes 17 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles and 20 electric vehicles.
- Between 2005 and 2016 the university used 24 per cent less potable water per capita.
- Shut the Sash promotes safety and sustainability in fume hood use.
- The university has established a Sustainable Food Working Group.
- The university’s primary dining contractor is Marine Stewardship Council certified.
It Takes a Village
Many leaders across the university have made STARS reporting possible with their support and contributions: