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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 69.67
Liaison Trina Innes
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Alberta
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kurt Borth
Project Planner
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Master of Science/Doctorate in Conservation Biology

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

An interdisciplinary field of research for students drawing on natural and social sciences with the aim of protecting species and their habitats. Research topics include: environmental issues; status and trend analysis; threats to biodiversity; conservation priorities; strategy development; as well as ethics and values.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Science in Risk and Community Resilience (Interdisciplinary)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

This degree program examines different aspects of social-ecological relations, challenging us to think about how peoples, locally and globally, see and respond to changes in their environment including those associated with ecological variability, climate change, and natural resource development. Students can focus on themes of greatest interest: community-based resource management, Indigenous knowledge systems, arctic & global climate change, food security, and health & well-being.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Doctorate in Rural & Environmental Sociology

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

Rural sociology examines social structure and social change in rural areas, as well as issues such as food and agriculture, forestry, mining and energy development. Researchers in this program examine wide-ranging, interdisciplinary and international issues such as international development, globalization, food security, climate change and gender.

Environmental sociology examines societal-environmental interactions, often focusing on environmental problems, environmental risk, environmental values, consumption, waste and consumer behaviour.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
MBA with specialization in sustainability

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The sustainability specialization of the Alberta MBA looks at how business can deliver a social impact, operate in an environmental sensitive manner and build communities. In addition to required courses in corporate sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility, the sustainability specialization includes courses in: accounting for natural resources; energy & environment; natural resource and environmental law; environmental management; sustainability and responsible marketing; managing not-for-profit organizations; social entrepreneurship; clean technology; and managing arts organizations.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
MBA with specialization in natural resources, energy, and environment (NREE)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

In the NREE specialization, Alberta MBA students develop an energy-related analytical expertise based on a broad understanding of the resource and energy industries from the exploration and project development phases, through extraction and transformation, to transportation, logistics marketing and market issues. This allows students to address and analyze key strategic questions facing today's business leaders and policy makers. Throughout the program, the many links between resource and energy questions and environmental issues are highlighted, analyzed and understood.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.