Sustainability Leadership Innovation Program

What is SLIP?

The Sustainability Leadership Innovation Program is an extension of the SDG Summit, which is an annual training conference to empower students by enhancing campus engagement in the SDGS, increase campus knowledge of, engagement in, and mobilization around sustainable development, and advancing the Institutional Sustainability Strategy.

For students

Create actionable initiatives to improve sustainability on campus and get access to workshops and mentorship from knowledgeable faculty and community members.

For mentors

Guide students on their projects and contribute to advancing UCalgary's culture of sustainability. 


Application process


Students who apply to the SLIP program will be paired with a group of 2-4 other peers and a university or community mentor with expertise in an aspect of sustainable development and leadership training. Over the course of one year, students will design, implement, and evaluate a project or initiative that advances sustainability, with the dual goal of enhancing both campus engagement in the SDGs and student leadership/skill development. During this process, groups will access development opportunities such as workshops, networking mixers, online resources and guidance from their university/community mentor. Seed funding for the implementation of these initiatives will be provided through SLIP. Students will be expected to:

  • Attend the SDG Summit
  • Meet with their teams frequently to design, implement, and evaluate a project to be implemented on campus or within the community
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with a university or community mentor 
  • Sign up for training workshops along with other SLIP participants

If you are interested in learning more about the SLIP program, or have any questions, please contact the SDGA. 


Student applications are now open. Deadline October 22, 2021

The Sustainability Leadership Innovation Program is funded by the Students Union Quality Money grant.


The SLIP program is seeking mentors to guide students on their projects. Mentors can be faculty members, researchers, or community members with expertise in the SDGs. The mentorship role requires:

  • Approximately 20-40 hours of participation from November 1 until April 15, meeting bi-weekly with group.
  • Mentors to meet with students and answer questions about the projects they are working on such as operational logistics or advice for how to proceed when they are unsure. Mentors will be paired with student groups based on their preferred SDGs.

Mentor application forms will be available starting in August.

If you are interested in learning more about being a mentor for SLIP participants, please contact the SDGA by emailing your name, your current area of expertise, and the relevant SDGs to your work.