At the University of Manitoba, we are working together to build a culture of sustainability. The principles of sustainability inform everything we do—from the research questions we ask to the way we recycle or buy coffee. Read on to learn about the sustainability initiatives, past and present, that govern our sustainability programming at UM.

Our sustainability policy

UM is strong in promoting many sustainable initiatives. Our policy statement and procedures provide a framework for existing and future initiatives and fosters a university culture that comprehensively and consistently supports and promotes values and principles of sustainability.

Our sustainability strategy

Our sustainability strategy is a critical and necessary step to continue to drive the UM commitment to being a sustainability leader while recognizing the urgent need to take action. By delivering world-class teaching, learning and research, we can take the steps to protect and rejuvenate our planet and ensure no one is left behind.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS)

  • STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance, developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

    The program is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of higher education institutions, from community colleges to research universities.

    Through participating in STARS, UM has achieved a STARS Gold rating in 2022.

Responsible investing

UM's responsible investment policy was approved March 28, 2023 by the Board of Governors, aligning with the University of Manitoba’s commitment to advancing Reconciliation, sustainability and climate action. The policy was implemented following the Incorporating Responsible Investment Principles report.

Both the policy and report fulfill recommendations of the Responsible Investment Committee, and detail actions that give priority to social and environmental issues in decisions related to the University’s investments, such as the University Investment Trust (endowment fund). Read the UM Today story.


Read the most recent reports on the status of our priority actions.

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Contact us

Office of Sustainability
152 Physical Plant Building 
89 Freedman Crescent 
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus) 
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2