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:


Anastasia Lim
Apryl Bergstom
Barry Irving
Benjamin Louie
Brenda Briggs
Brendan Woychuk
Brett Buchanan
Caitlin Phare
Camila Zambrano Narvaez
Carolyn Smolley
Catherine Anley
Catherine Swindlehurst
Chris Blades
Christie Schultz
Christopher Avelar
Crystal Snyder
Dan Charlton
David Whalen
Destyni Deluca
Dolores March
Donna Nordstrom


Fervone Goings
Fiona Halbert
Frank Robinson
Geoff Rode
Geraldine McCune
Gillian Hanson
Giovana Bianchi
Gordon Weighell
Howard Pruden
Hugh Warren
Jasmine Farahbakhsh
Jennifer Alabiso
Jessie Kwasny
Jim Laverty
John Younk
Justis Allard
Katharine Moore
Kathleen Brough
Kathryn Evans
Kayleigh Wiebe
Keith Hollands
Kiann McNeill
Kiersten Crane
Kimberly MacLock
Kimberly Uniat
Kris Urbanczyk
Kris Wells
Kurt Borth


Lauren Baril
Leah Erikson
Lauren Hall
Leila Fanaeian
Lilas Bielopotocky
Lois Dvorsky
Lorraine Huntley
Maja Osmagic
Marianne Meijer
Marion Haggarty-France
Matthew Summers
Mike Versteege
Monica Chahal
Murray Brice


Naomi Krogman
Nat Kav
Pat Jansen
Phil Rinn
Phil Webb
Randa Kachkar
Ray Dumouchel
Rob Munro
Robert Summers
Ron Ritter
Sandra Shores
Sarah Flower
Sascha Jansz
Shannon Leblanc
Sherry Hickman
Shilpi Gupta
Suzanne Butler
Terry Nonay
Tom McLean
Tracy Bear
Trina Innes
Troy Bender
Victor Shewchuk
Wade King
Wayne Patterson
Wendy Abel