Annual Sustainability Report

Welcome to the 2022 Institutional Sustainability Report

Showcasing our progress and commitment to excellence and leadership in sustainability through the lens of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.  

Institutional Sustainability Strategy Goals

Advancing sustainability education

Integrating research and education in sustainability

Enriching engagement for sustainability

Modeling sustainability within administration and operations

Top research-intensive universities don’t just focus on the present, but on far-reaching possibilities for the future. At the University of Calgary, we are re-shaping the future of sustainability across a wide range of initiatives addressing health, poverty, inequity, clean energy and the environment. Collectively, we have embedded the principles of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into UCalgary’s teaching and learning, operations, campus facilities and community engagement. These campus-wide efforts are already making a positive impact on how we do our part as global citizens. As a powerful force for good, the University of Calgary is just getting started.

Ed McCauley

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary

Institutional highlights

Top 5% globally for progress towards Sustainable Development Goals
Signed the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black racism and black inclusion for higher education
Canada's best diversity employer for 6 years in a row
2021 Award for mental health at work

By supporting research that is aligned with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, UCalgary will help address the increasingly complex global challenges of poverty, health, climate action and economic growth. We will bring our strengths in transdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement and innovation to these challenges, and contribute to a more equitable, safe and sustainable world.

William Ghali

Vice-President, Research

2022 Report highlights

At the University of Calgary, we recognize the pressing and interconnected social-ecological challenges facing local and global societies. Universities have a responsibility to prepare graduates to be critically aware and ready to address our greatest societal challenges. At UCalgary we develop future-focused programs to prepare students across all disciplines to be innovators and leaders in sustainability. Through innovation in teaching and learning in the classroom, and hands-on experiential learning on real-world challenges in our community, we are empowering the change leaders of tomorrow.

Penny Werthner

Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Land acknowledgement

The University of Calgary, located in the heart of Southern Alberta, both acknowledges and pays tribute to the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta (Districts 5 and 6).

The University of Calgary is situated on land Northwest of where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, a site traditionally known as Moh’kins’tsis to the Blackfoot, Wîchîspa to the Stoney Nakoda, and Guts’ists’i to the Tsuut’ina. On this land and in this place we strive to learn together, walk together, and grow together “in a good way.”

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