Times Higher Education Impact Rankings: 64th out of 1,115 in the world.

SDG Impact Rankings

The University of Alberta breaks top 100 in global ranking of most impactful universities.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings put the university at 64th out of 1,115 world universities based on stewardship, outreach and research that advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This showing reveals just how much our community is doing to end poverty, create a just economy, champion human rights, and protect the natural world.

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Official News Release

On World Creativity and Innovation Day, a new ranking places the U of A 64th in the world among universities making an impact toward achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.


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Reflection from Robert Summers

“This mapping reveals an incredible picture for the University of Alberta’s positive impact on the world. Without having connected with so many people, I don’t think we really could have understood the depth and richness of our collective SDG contributions.”

The Quad

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Behind the Scenes

Sustainability Council intern Sara Haidey shares her experience helping collect all of the data for the Impact Rankings submission.


How can we do even better next time? Share your ideas and you could win.

Keep reading to see some of the programs and research projects that helped earn the University of Alberta a top 100 finish. Then let us know your ideas for other ways that we can supercharge the university's efforts to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Your ideas can encompass research, public education, stewardship of our campuses, or a combination of all three.

Submit your ideas and you will be entered into a draw for a 50$ gift card for Carbon Environmental Boutique. Deadline is May 31, 2021.

Submit your ideas

Submitted ideas to supercharge U of A SDG performance

Develop (or adopt an existing) program for sustainable dishes on campus, accessible in every building. Engage with vendors on campus to work towards sustainable / recyclable options for all takeout containers / cups / etc.

Community gardens could be maintained by students who enjoy gardening. The produce can be used to benefit the food bank or other student groups that teach cooking and how to use healthy ingredients as a student. Having mentors to teach about [gardening] encourages students to use what they have access to.

Really tackle takeout containers. Reduce the environmental impact of styrofoam, plastic, etc while also easing the strain on the manufacturing of those items and the landfill costs associated with it. Compostable, biodegradable, or re-usable containers all will help.

SDG club or SDG focus group! Students care about these ideas and would be engaged if there were meaningful outlets for these ideas (not just talking, but taking action and educating students).

Incorporate more renewable energy systems into the U of A energy mix: solar panels, wind, geothermal, etc. Install more electric vehicle chargers and convert our university fleet to electric.

U of A community garden, solar powered benches with chargers, bike share program, carpool organization.

Students should come together to discuss ideas for increasing our efforts in sustainable practices. Students who are all eager to reach these goals could rapidly generate ideas for future use.


14th for Life on Land

The University of Alberta is ranked 14th in the world for protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

Some of our programs that are making a difference
Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station

Nestled in Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, this facility with classroom, lab and residence space is a working model for environmental responsable management.


U of A Botanic Garden’s Green School

In the award-winning Green School program at the University of Alberta Botanic Garden children Grades 4-8 are immersed in the natural world for five consecutive school days.


Mattheis Ranch

Adjacent to the Red Deer River, this 5,000 hectares research ranch encompasses grasslands, wetlands, vegetated sand hills, and shrublands. It is protected in perpetuity by the Western Sky Land Trust.


16th for Zero Hunger

The University of Alberta is ranked 16th in the world for ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and the sustainability of agriculture.

Some of our programs that are making a difference
LeanPath food waste tracking

Lister Hall and Peter Lougheed Hall uses a cloud-based service to track and separate food waste in their cafeterias. Over time, this enables more efficient ordering and organics composting.


Campus Food Bank

Since 1991, this student-run service has provided for thousands in the university community. They also educate clients on healthy eating, affordable shopping and cooking skills.

Outreach / Stewardship

Heritage Chickens

The Poultry Research Centre maintains and develops the genetic stock of rare breeds. Their Adopt-A-Chicken and backyard flock programs promote citizen science.

Research / Outreach