Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 1

No Poverty

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SDG 8

Decent Work and Economic Growth

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SDG 14

Life Below Water

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SDG 15

Life on Land

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SDG 16

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Research

Designing Out Waste research initiative

Designing Out Waste research initiative

Designing Out Waste is the culmination of the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence program at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. The resulting publication from the initiative outlines the design of a workflow in which existing concrete building waste can be robotically processed and up-cycled for use in transforming an outdated building design.

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The Canadian Centre for Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics

The Canadian Centre for Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics

The mission of the Centre, hosted through the Haskayne School of Business, is to develop and disseminate world-class knowledge on supply chain strategies and practices through education, research and community engagement, with a focus on issues relevant to Alberta, including energy, logistics and sustainability.

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Teaching, learning and student experience

Hunter Hub

Hunter Hub Solutions Lab – Zero Waste Challenge

Undergrads, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from 10 faculties gathered virtually to help solve a problem at UCalgary: how to reach the ambitious goal of becoming a zero-waste campus by 2030.

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Kruti Mukesh

Campus as a Learning Lab – reducing single-use plastics

Plastic is polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans, harming wildlife and generating microplastics in the water we use and drink. In response to the Government of Canada’s 2030 Plastic Ban, researchers at UCalgary are working with food vendors from the MacEwan Student Centre to find solutions for reducing plastic waste produced from disposable single-use plastics like cups, cutlery and takeaway food containers. Contributing to the development of the university's Recycling & Waste Management Zero Waste Strategy Plan, this work will help us meet the federal government’s plastic reduction targets. 

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Campus and community impact

Campus

Campus

UCalgary Eco Club is committed to making the community more sustainable by raising awareness of practical and cost-effective actions that can reduce our environmental impact. Through hosting zero-waste pop-up stores on campus and educating about waste-reduction initiatives and ethical consumerism, this club embodies the principles of responsible consumption and production.

Local

Local

Environmentally focused agricultural company Ceres Solutions Ltd. is thriving with help from the entrepreneurial programs and business networks offered by UCalgary's Creative Destruction Lab Rockies. The homegrown Albertan venture up-cycles spent grains from beer-brewing processes that would typically be discarded and repurposes them into gourmet mushrooms and protein-enriched livestock feed.

School of Public Policy

National

UCalgary’s School of Public Policy published an article about how employing a circular economy approach to Canada’s agri-food supply chains could help improve food security, environmental health, socio-economic status and the quality of the products being produced.