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:

USSU and Office of Sustainability Fund Application Form

The Sustainability Fund is dedicated to helping students achieve their sustainable initiatives. Each year since its conception, this fund has supported numerous projects. This year, the USSU and the Office of Sustainability will each contribute $2,500.  The President’s Office also contributes funding each year, as outlined in the Sustainability Memorandum of Understanding.

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Sustainability Memorandum of Understanding

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