Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

research impact

For the period 2015–19

№ relevant publications: 548

№ times cited: 3,457

Key Stats

4 percent of University's budget spent on arts and heritage


sample Courses


Sustainable transportation to campus

The U of A supports active and public transportation in several ways. Bicycle parking, including secure bike lock-up, is available on North Campus, and free showers are available in the Van Vliet Centre. Students and staff can access public transit with the U-Pass attached to their ONEcard. 

Each year, U of A staff participate in the Commuter Challenge, a friendly competition to leave the car at home and take public transit, ride a bike or walk to work. Awards are given for the most trips per office or lab and for the highest participation within the office or lab. 

Students’ Boulevard Transportation Plan

In 2019, the Office of the University Architect consulted the community on their experiences walking and cycling along 89 Avenue, an important corridor at the heart of North Campus. The resulting plan proposes changes that will make pedestrian access more welcoming, create safer lanes and facilities for cyclists, and improve public transit.

University-based cultural institutions

The U of A is home to several spaces for sharing art, music, dance, drama and other cultural arts, often featuring student works. These institutions include University of Alberta Museums, FAB Gallery, Timms Centre for the Arts, and the Faculty of Music.


Affordable Housing Solutions Lab

The Affordable Housing Solutions Lab empowers citizens to innovate, co-create and develop effective local affordable housing solutions. Funded and mandated by the City of Edmonton, the lab supports the goal of ending poverty in Edmonton within a generation.

We’re Ready! Community Disaster Preparedness

University of Alberta researchers have designed, piloted and published the We’re Ready! Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop. The workshop uses interactive and engaging activities to help communities design and implement their own, tailored disaster plan. This helps cities prepare for climate change related disasters, such as floods and heat waves, and respond to prevent distress, save lives and minimize damage.

Rutherford House

Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site, a beautiful brick mansion on the edge of North Campus and the North Saskatchewan River Valley, was the home of the first premiere of Alberta. This museum now offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours and special events.


Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities

The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities assists rural communities in meeting diverse challenges through fostering constructive dialogue, promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and developing partnerships. The centre provides resources to academic and professional communities, including the Canadian Sustainability Plan Inventory and Boom & Bust, a guide for resource-based communities in Alberta and B.C..

School of Urban and Regional Planning

The School of Urban and Regional Planning offers practical learning experience in community building, with field schools across Canada, a planning studio with real clients, and both undergraduate and graduate programs. The course-based masters focuses on resilient planning and attention to climate change, resource dependency, winter cities, migration and other issues pertinent to Edmonton and Alberta.


🔗 Planners delve into their profession’s role in historic inequities

Sandeep Agrawal of the U of A's School of Urban and Regional Planning has written an equity review of zoning bylaws with a recommendation to stop specifically constraining infill in older neighbourhoods.