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.
The Sustainability Fund is dedicated to helping students achieve their sustainable initiatives. This year, the USSU Sustainability Committee will have $10,000 in dedicated funding to help students achieve their sustainable initiatives. The fund comprises of $2,500 from the USSU, $2,500 from the Office of Sustainability and $5,000 from the President’s Office. The Committee is looking forward to working with students and their sustainability initiatives!
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On October 11, 2016, the USSU and the Office of the President signed a memorandum of understanding committing 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.