The USSU has been an advocate for sustainable practices and processes throughout our union for years. Sustainability is pursued on an environmental, social and economic level to ensure longevity in regards to environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic efficiency. The USSU is committed to working towards being a leader in sustainable practices as well as actively contributing to the sustainable growth of our exciting community. Here are some of the initiatives the USSU is actively pursuing in regards to sustainability:
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In collaboration with the U of S Office of Sustainability and the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, the USSU is excited to announce a monthly Farmers’ Market in Place Riel. The Farmers’ Market will feature locally sourced food products and local arts and crafts for students to purchase in Place Riel.
Monthly Markets from 9am to 2pm:
- September 14
- October 12 (Sustainability Week)
- November 23
- December 14
- January 18
- March 15
- April 5
- May 17
In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, there will be events all over the campus from October 9th to 12th. More details to be announced.
These events are intended to help students reduce waste while trading unwanted clothing for a new wardrobe.
The first Clothing Swap will be held during Sustainability Week, on October 12th along with the Farmers’ Market in Upper Place Riel. Drop off the clothes you are tired of and pick out a new look for yourself!
Business formal clothes can be expensive! Bring your business formal wear and swap them at the Clothing Swap!
Join us for the first campus-wide river cleanup! This event is in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, the Undergraduate Environmental Programs Office, and the Environmental and Bioresources Students’ Association.
There will also be booths set up along the trail for you the check out sustainable-minded campus programs and organizations.
Register at the booth behind Diefenbaker Canada Centre from noon to 4 p.m. on September 26th and let’s clean up the river together! Bring your own refillable water bottle, snacks will be provided.
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On October 11, 2016, the USSU and the Office of the President committed to working together to support, promote, and champion sustainability initiatives on our campus.
Green Building & Operations
The Place Riel Student Centre was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification by the Canada Green Building Council in 2014. One of the major aims during the renovation and construction was to make Place Riel as environmentally friendly as possible.
LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.
The USSU aims to improve the sustainability of our products and processes while helping to create shared value for students. Our student services conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner. Wherever possible, the USSU utilizes sustainable materials, improves the energy efficiency of our buildings, and reduces the waste and emissions we generate.
The USSU actively seeks the most sustainable standards when buildings are up for renovation or repair.
For more information please check out our sustainability policy