Welcome to the 2023 Institutional Sustainability Report

Showcasing progress towards our Institutional Sustainability Strategy and our 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 the way within administration and operations

As a community, the University of Calgary is on a mission to tackle humanity’s biggest issues. We accept the challenge to be responsible stewards of Earth’s land, air and other resources, because our talented scholars are leading on the path towards a more sustainable world. Our campus continues to grow its impact through social responsibility, engagement, experiential learning, capacity building, diversity, and entrepreneurialism. The University of Calgary’s new strategic plan, Ahead of Tomorrow reflects these principles that keep us grounded in purpose as we continue to spark global change.

Ed McCauley

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary

Institutional highlights

UCalgary is recognized as one of CANADA’S BEST DIVERSITY EMPLOYERS for the seventh year in a row in 2023
The impact ranking logo and the title reads as top 5% globally for progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.
UCalgary has Mental Health Gold Level Certified since 2021

At the University of Calgary, our mission is to power positive change for a prosperous, compassionate, sustainable, and equitable world. We prepare transformative leaders across all disciplines to be collaborative innovators with a holistic understanding of human and ecological health and wellbeing. Through creativity 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 to co-create regenerative futures and thriving societies.

Penny Werthner

Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic

2023 Report highlights

UCalgary strives to develop innovative research with the capacity to transform our world for the better. We face complex global challenges that will continue to have serious consequences if neglected, but the UN Sustainable Development Goals offer us a roadmap to help address these matters of health, poverty, inequity, energy and the environment. A safer, more equitable and sustainable future is possible, and UCalgary researchers will play an important role in creating it.

William Ghali

Vice-President, Research

Students engaged in CAMPUS as a LEARNING LAB experiential learning sustainability projects 5-year trend data
Sustainability-related research publications 4-year trend data
Over 16,000 UCalgary students took at least one or more sustainability-related course

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.”

Navigate the 2023 report

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Institutional Sustainability Strategy

The University of Calgary’s Institution Sustainability Strategy provides a road map for continuous improvement in our pursuit of excellence and leadership in sustainability. We aim to be a Canadian post-secondary education leader in sustainability in our academic and engagement programs, administrative and operational practices, and through supporting community and industry in their aims for leadership in sustainability.


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