Administration & Operations
The University of Manitoba has worked to increase new green practices in many aspects of building design, infrastructure, operations and governance in efforts to reduce resource demand and improve efficiency. This section refers to operational and administrative activities that support the ongoing functioning of the University through strategic planning, policy and the coordination of processes. Extends to governance, finance, buildings, transportation and use of campus lands.
What have we done so far?
Increase active transportation infrastructure and enhance options for sustainable transportation.
- Continue to implement the Sustainable Transportation Strategy 2017-2022 including pedestrian and cycling infrastructure improvements and execute renewal in 2023.
- Develop and implement electric vehicle infrastructure to support sustainable commuting and fleet options as well as provide research and learning opportunities on emerging technology.
Integrate Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into campus planning and development.
- Continue collaboration between administrative units and Indigenous leaders, faculty, staff and Elders to implement the Indigenous Planning and Design Principles, documenting lessons learned from each project while continuing to refine the process.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Develop green building and construction guidelines that support long-term sustainable campus development.
- Update existing University space policies and develop new space management procedures to ensure physical spaces are being used in an efficient way to minimize new buildings and optimize resource use.
- Increase efficiency in the management and procurement of campus fleet vehicles.
- Explore Net Zero approaches, methods and technologies in new construction and retrofit projects including the application of renewable energy systems.
- Create a climate action plan that includes targets for emission reductions, resilience and adaptation, and considers the financial benefits of planning.
- Reduce air travel emissions by providing infrastructure, education and support for web- based meetings and conferences, and access to carbon offsets and alternative transportation methods.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive energy master plan that considers building level and district energy systems to reduce energy while providing ongoing improvements though target-setting, monitoring and tracking.
Increase collective and individual actions that promote resource conservation and waste minimization.
- Continue ongoing orientation and training on waste management, procurement and other sustainability initiatives to all staff.
- Create water management guidelines that evaluate potable water demand including process water systems and methods for reduction and reuse.
- Review and amend the University Electronics Policy (Custody and Control of Electronic Devices and Media) and process to include responsible disposal or repurposing of non-computer- related electronic waste.
- Create a campus waste management and reduction plan with specific goals and weight reduction targets that considers behavioural change, infrastructure support and single-use plastics.
- Create and implement an organic waste management program to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
Increase the protection, management and development of natural spaces on campus to support biodiversity and ecosystem health.
- Increase native plants and biodiversity on campus to promote natural prairie and riparian ecosystems and resource conservation.
- Enhance greenhouses, campus gardens, rooftop gardens and greenspaces, both indoor and out, by examining open and underused spaces to connect the campus to our surrounding environment.
- Develop an Urban Forestry Management Strategy for the Fort Garry campus that sets a framework for how trees on campus are monitored, maintained, protected, regenerated and planned for, to increase the number of healthy trees and to sustain existing canopy cover.
- Create and implement the Integrated Pest Management Plan to prevent pollution and support ecological systems.
- Create and implement a restoration and enhancement plan for the University’s riparian zones that includes controlling invasive species and riverbank stabilization.
- Review stormwater runoff and land drainage opportunities to reduce discharge rates.
- Develop a Landscape Master Plan for the Fort Garry campus that builds upon the vision of the Visionary (re)Generation Master Plan, to create a framework for future development that preserves and enhances campus open space.
- Complete and implement the Wildlife Management Plan to support ecological systems and coexistence with species.
Improve transparency and responsibility in University investments and governance.
- Continue to engage in discussions with Indigenous students, faculty and staff around the promotion of Indigenous languages and the inclusion of Indigenous voices at the University.
- Continue annual reporting on Sustainability Strategy metrics.
- Create a sub-committee of the Sustainability Committee at Bannatyne campus to more directly address ideas, concerns and needs at the Bannatyne campus.
- Continue tracking sustainability progress through STARS to maintain current Gold status, and pursue opportunities to achieve Platinum rating.
- Finalize and implement a community engagement framework that ensures consultation to support sustainable decision- making within the University.
- Review and update the Sustainability Policy to reflect changes to provincial legislation and University objectives.
- Develop sustainable procurement guidelines to evaluate and prioritize products and vendors that consider life-cycle costing, social and environmental responsibility, and Indigenous criteria.
- Recognize social and environmental aspects of the University’s investments by exploring a responsible investment strategy, including transparent reporting and the divestment from fossil fuel industries.
- Increase vendor accountability and responsibility to include environmental and social parameters.