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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 70.27
Liaison Leanne Shewchuk
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Manitoba
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Leanne Shewchuk
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Divest Manitoba
Divest Manitoba is a student group responsible for advocating on behalf of its members to promote environmental sustainability and working with the University of Manitoba administration.

Engineers Without Borders
EWB is an international development organization that seeks to alleviate poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. At the uManitoba chapter, EWB promotes awareness about topics such as Fair Trade and education about the root causes of poverty. Non-engineering students are also welcome.

University of Manitoba Efficient and Renewable Technology Hub
The goal of UMEARTH is to bridge the gap between professionals and students interested in the sustainable engineering industry, involve students in campus development projects with real-life engineering scenarios that teach students what to expect in industry, and improve student involvement in the community through volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, and community-driven projects.


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

UMSU Garden
UMSU’s Student Community Garden, a student-led initiative to generate interest and excitement towards gardening among students, shares a plot with another gardening group that helps refugees transition to Winnipeg through gardening.
Together, the UMSU garden and the Rainbow Community Garden, are fundraising for Project Picnic, their joint effort to purchase upwards of 15 picnic tables and paint them in bright colours to help create a warm and inviting space at their shared garden on the corner of Pembina Highway and Chancellor Matheson Rd.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Degrees Restaurant Degrees is run by the University of Manitoba's Student Union. It is part of their mission to serve local and sustainable food services to the University's Community.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Geopolitical Economy Research Group Conference - GERG Conference is a 3-day conference, which aims to establish fresh, more accurate, historically sound, multi- and inter-disciplinary and truly international perspectives on major themes of 21st century international affairs. It will identify the key historical developments that contributed to contemporary multi-polarity. Volunteers are responsible for several technical aspects of the conference to ensure it runs smoothly.

Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg - Learn about ethical community engagement and local approaches to community development through guest speakers, group discussion, and community-based volunteering.

Human Rights Speakers Bureau Volunteer Presenters - The Speakers Bureau was created by the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research and is supported by the Faculty of Law Endowment Fund. Law students deliver presentations free of charge to high school classes on a range of human rights topics, including Aboriginal rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. By making the law easy for high school students to understand, law students gain valuable presentation skills critical to their future careers while providing a community service

Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit
In practice, this is Indigenous food sovereignty: having the ability to determine what food systems look like and reconnecting people to their food sources. For the First Nations and Metis in Manitoba this looks different from place to place, and nation to nation. It’s time to start sharing these practices and learning the food ways of our people. Each of the 5 historic First Nations along with the Metis Nation will be represented at the food summit; the Dene, Dakota, Cree, Ojibwe, and Oji-Cree will share their food stories and insight into their food culture. This is a gathering that is dedicated to being organized by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people, and with Indigenous people. It’s a gathering to spark that resurgence, to share, to laugh and to eat. To listen with our full hearts. We hope you’ll join us for the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Stay tuned for monthly updates to learn more how you can get involved, and discover more about this summit.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

Gallery of Student Art The Gallery of Student Art (GoSA) is a non-profit and non-commercial student-run gallery that is funded and supported by the University of Manitoba Student’s Union. The gallery space is centrally located in University Centre. GoSA’s mandate is to promote student art and design work at the University of Manitoba. The gallery is run by a coordinator and oversight committee. Proposals for shows are encouraged for submission from any student or group of students.

Non-credit Participation in XIE - The Experimental Improv Ensemble is an interdisciplinary performance group. Activities of the ensemble vary widely, ranging from live soundtrack performance to the mounting of media art installations. The XIE is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary collaboration with partners both on and off campus. Recent academic collaborations include projects with Architecture, Computer Science, Sculpture, and Electrical Engineering.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

University of Manitoba's Wilderness Club
UM Wilderness Club is a recreational group that brings together Students interested in intense outdoor activities such as backpacking, canoeing, and camping.

University of Manitoba Parks Canada Campus Club
UM Parks organize trips, activities, and events which will inspire young Canadians to get outdoors. Bring youth together across Canada to appreciate and protect Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Communicate volunteer and employment opportunities with Parks


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Residence Advisor (RA)
The Resident Advisors are guides to an informed and enjoyable life in residence. They are familiar with the day-to-day operation of the residence, the department of Student Residences and the University of Manitoba community. It is part of their job as an RA to ensure students are incorporating sustainability into their lifestyles. A Green Residence Handbook and training is available for RAs to improve their knowledge of sustainable life skills with information in Energy, Kitchen, Transportation, Water and Waste categories. There are also "quick fact" sheets for RAs to provide to students with brief information in each category - they are promoted and hung throughout residence buildings.

The Green Office Program
The Green Office Program is offered through the Office of Sustainability (handbook available online) and helps teach people sustainable life skills and is easily accessible for anybody interested in learning. The Green Office Representatives (GO-Reps) program is also available to help provide information on sustainable lifestyle choices or are able to connect employees with the Office of Sustainability if further information is required. GO-Reps can be faculty or staff members in their department or office or students in their student group offices or lounges.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Office of Sustainability employees full time summer students as well as part-time students during the Fall and Winter terms. Student projects can range from organizing outreach campaigns, marketing plans, developing new strategies (i.e. Transportation Strategies), creating reports from audit data, etc.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportunities is available:
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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

UMCycle
UMCycle is run by the University of Manitoba's Student Union. The program provides volunteer opportunities for students to learn about sustainable transportation and bike mechanic skills.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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