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 2018.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals unite people in action and aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change. UM is addressing these themes by creating opportunities for our students, staff, faculty and community to participate in actions to help achieve these goals.

In April 2017, the president of the United Nations General Assembly wrote to higher education institutions around the world, including the University of Manitoba. The letter was delivered to spark movement and create a call-to-action to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainability Development within the university environment. The university was encouraged to include the Global Goals as part of research, teaching and study within the institution.

The UM SDG report is a stepping stone to identify the work that is underway at UM and to start the conversation toward the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UM was recently named the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Hub for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 for its ongoing research and initiatives that contribute to developments in clean water and sanitation.

Reports

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

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Contact us

Office of Sustainability
55 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-6121
204-474-7517