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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
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Trina Innes
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

ALBERTA CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE RURAL COMMUNITIES
https://www.ualberta.ca/augustana/research/centres/acsrc

The ACSRC is a joint-initiative of the Augustana Campus and the Faculty of ALES, and has a core operating budget and staff supported by both of these faculties. Project funds are derived from research and other grants; contribution agreements and contracts with agencies such as the Tri-Council; and the provincial government and similar bodies. The ACSRC has a vision of resilient rural communities across Canada linked closely to the discovery, dissemination, and application of new knowledge at the University of Alberta through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. Such resilient rural communities will hinge on informed citizens actively participating in community governance and development in order to support and sustain people, livelihoods, regional and local capital, and economic development. The long-term social viability of rural communities is a key element of the Canadian economy and the natural environment. ACFRC has developed many formal partnerships on a project-by-project basis.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Centre for Public Involvement

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

CENTRE FOR PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
http://www.centreforpublicinvolvement.com/

The Centre for Public Involvement began in 2009 as a unique partnership between the City of Edmonton and University of Alberta. It responded to a need for decision-makers and the public to actively seek, consider, and apply the most effective methods for public involvement. Many of the centre's projects have a strong connection to sustainability.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Campus Food Bank

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

CAMPUS FOOD BANK
http://campusfoodbank.com/

Founded in 1991, the Campus Food Bank is a registered charity that distributes food items and toiletries to all members of the university community: students, staff, alumni and their children. The food bank is governed by a board of directors that represents the diversity of the university community. Academic staff are permitted to redirect funds to the Campus Food Bank. The Office of Sustainability partners with the Campus Food Bank to collect donations of food, toiletries and money during the Sustainability Speaker Series.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

The University of Alberta is involved in many other community-related efforts including, but not limited to:

- Canada Green Building Council
- BOMA Canada
- Green Lab Community of Practice
- City of Edmonton's Energy Transition Leaders Network
- City of Edmonton's Environmental Advisory Committee
- Alberta Capital Airshed
- Edmonton Sustainable Food Council
- 2017 SLCAN Sustainable Laboratory Conference
- 2018 Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (in development)


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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