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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.76
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

University of Alberta
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Lisa Dockman
Program Lead (Outreach & Engagement)
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

The University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability established “Energy” as the major theme guiding activities in 2013-2014. As part of the theme year, we launched a program to build awareness about "Envision" the campus' energy management program.

Collaborating across our three focus areas – teaching & research, facilities & operations, and outreach & engagement – we established energy as the major theme for many existing and new programs. As a result energy-related awareness, behaviour change and communications messages received elevated profile within the Office of Sustainability and across the entire institution.

Examples of activities conducted include:

- Development and production of a “Flick the switch and save” sticker campaign.
- Expansion of the Green Spaces Certification Program to support conservation of energy in many environments, such as labs.
- Implementing campus-wide energy-related messaging, using various print and social media tools, with interesting ‘fun facts’ about energy use on campus.
- The November 2013 Sustainability Speaker Series featured speaker Paul Hawken and his talk entitled “Re-imagination of Carbon – Exploring new ways of addressing climate change”
- The theme for the January 2014 Student Sustainability Summit was “Power & Prosperity – The relationship between energy systems and communities”
- The Darkest Tower Challenge was expanded to incorporate Campus Conservation Nationals, incorporating real-time reporting of electricity reduction in residences.


The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
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The website URL where information about the theme is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.