Sustainability Leadership Innovation Program

Roles and responsibilities


  • Work with a group of like-minded peers throughout the academic year to create actionable initiatives that improve sustainability at UCalgary.
  • Access workshops and mentorship from knowledgeable faculty and community members.
  • Bring projects to life through funding.
  • Receive co-curricular credit and develop professional skills that can be showcased on a resume.


  • Guide students on projects throughout the academic year (Sept. to April).
  • Contribute to UCalgary's sustainability culture.
  • Develop meaningful relationships and networks.
  • Enhance leadership skills through interactions with mentees.


Application process


Students who apply to SLIP will be grouped into teams of 2-4 people along with a university or community mentor. Mentors will be appointed based on expertise in an aspect of sustainable development and leadership training. Over the course of the academic year (Sept. to April), students will design, implement and evaluate a project or initiative that advances sustainability, with the dual goal of enhancing campus engagement on the SDGs and student skills 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.

SLIP is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Participants will receive co-curricular credit.

Students are expected to: 

  • Attend the SDG Summit — an annual training conference designed to empower students through peer-networking and education on sustainable development.

  • Meet with teams frequently to design, implement and evaluate the community project.

  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with university/community mentor.

  • Sign-up for training workshops.

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


Student applications are OPEN!

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


SLIP is seeking mentors who can guide students on projects. Applicants can be faculty, researchers, alumni or community members who are professionally involved in any aspect of sustainability. Mentors will be paired with student groups based on preferred SDGs.

The mentorship role requires: 

  • Approximately 6-8 hours of participation each month from Nov. 1 until April 15. Meetings should be monthly with the assigned group. 
  • Answer questions relating to the project. This includes operational, logistical or advice on ways to proceed during uncertainty.
  • An open mind when it comes to solving problems.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or learning more, please contact the SDGA by emailing your name, your current area of expertise, and the SDGs that relate to your professional work experience.