The Office of Sustainability provides leadership to the campus community on sustainability issues and activities. Our efforts are guided by the Strategic Campus Sustainability Plan and supported by our membership in like-minded organizations and by our commitment to upholding sustainability agreements and protocols. 

Campus Sustainability Plan

A sustainable campus is an engaged and connected campus. It is a place where staff, students and faculty are motivated to solve sustainability challenges. Across MacEwan, we are creating the foundation for a thriving, equitable, resilient and ecologically healthy campus.

In 2009, the Office of Sustainability was created to oversee the implementation of the campus sustainability policy. This role was solidified in 2011, with the approval of our first campus sustainability plan, and again in 2016, with the approval of our strategic campus sustainability plan. Today, the strategic plan guides sustainability activities and measures our progress across the institution.

Learn about the plan

2017/2018 Annual Report

2018/2019 Annual Report


Our accomplishments

Building community partnerships, piloting new programs, setting up shop in Roundhouse, MacEwan's social innovation co-working space--we accomplished a lot done in 2017/18. Learn about the many ways we met and exceeded our goals last year.

Sustainability Highlights



Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC)

Terms of Reference

SAC Terms of Reference (PDF) »


Jeffrey Davis
Representative of the Faculty of Arts & Science, Faculty (Co-chair)

Kalen Pilkington
Director, Office of Sustainability (Co-chair)

Theresa Agnew
Web Services

Kris Bruckmann
Executive Director, Campus Services

Lily Dane
Representative working from the Alberta College Campus

Ron Ewanchuk
Senior Manager, Operations and Maintenance

Suzanne Fournier
Representative from the School of Continuing Education

Mona Haimour
Representative from the Faculty of Nursing

Aimee Hill
Director, Office of Communications and Marketing

Kimberley Howard
Executive Director, MacEwan International

Carolyn Ives
Representative from Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Emily Khalema
Representative from Psychiatric Nursing

Joanne Loh
Representative from School of Business

Loredana Longo
Senior Manager, Health, Safety and Environment

Debbie Maloney
Representative of the MacEwan Staff Association

David McLaughlin
Executive Director, Institutional Analysis and Planning

Stephanie Nedoshytko
Representative from Student Association of MacEwan University (president)

Valerie Ouedraogo
Representative of the Health and Community Studies

Eloisa Perez
Representative from the School of Business

Scott Spidell
Representative of Fine Arts and Communication

Tara Stieglitz
Representative of Professional Resource Faculty

Terri Suntjens
Director, Kihew Wasciston

Donna-Mae Winquist
President, MacEwan Staff Association


Education for Sustainability Steering Committee (ESSC)

Terms of Reference

ESSC Terms of Reference (PDF) »

Standing Members

John Corlett
Provost and Vice-President, Academic (Chair)

Craig Monk
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Sharon Bookhalter
Dean, Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Denise Roy
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications

Elsie Elford
Dean, School of Business

Heather McRae
Dean, School of Continuing Education

Sandy Stift
Librarian (delegate of Dean, Libraries)

Sustainable Operations Steering Committee (SOSC)

Terms of Reference

SOSC Terms of Reference (PDF) »

Standing Members

Stuart MacLean
Associate Vice-President, Facilities (Chair)

Kris Bruckmann
Director, Operations, Retail & Hospitality Services

Carol Robinson
Director, Procurement and Contract Services

John McGrath
Vice-President, Integrated Information and Communication Systems & Chief Information Officer

Craig Janke
Senior Manager, Facilities Maintenance

Colleen Panno Olson
Manager, Capital Planning and Asset Management

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Sustainability policy

Learn how principles of sustainability are integral to our day-to-day operations. Through policy, we acknowledge the interconnectedness of environmental quality, social responsibility and economic prosperity.

Shooting for the STARS

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting tool for measuring sustainability performance at post-secondary institutions. Over 600 colleges and universities use the system, which was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. As of November 2014, we have achieved a silver rating.

STARS report 2014

STARS report 2018

A larger community  

Our efforts to become a sustainable campus are supported by our membership in a number of sustainability networks. By working together with like-minded organizations, we benefit from the resources, support and experiences they share with us. 

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • BOMA Canada

  • Canada Green Building Council

  • College & University Sustainability Professionals

  • Alberta Capital Airshed 

  • Edmonton Environmental Advisory Committee

  • Canadian College & University Environmental Network 

  • Canada Green Building Council

Sustainability agreements

MacEwan University has made a commitment to sustainability through the following agreements:

Talloires Declaration

Signed February 2009

Through endorsement of the Talloires Declaration, MacEwan University has pledged to support environmental citizenship at all levels on campus, with the goal of advancing global environmental literacy and sustainable development.

Read the declaration (PDF)

Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability

Signed May 2009

The Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability commits signatories to foster sustainability practices and principles across all campus functions and encourages a participatory process in achieving these goals.

Read the protocol (PDF)

University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action

Signed June 2009

The University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action commits the University to address climate change. This will involve developing a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory, establishing reduction targets, and facilitating an implementation plan and reduction strategy.

Learn more about the statement of action

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

Signed 2011

PRME, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact Office, focuses on integrating human rights, labour rights, environmental sustainability and anti-corruption into the university curriculum. Several School of Business courses include sustainability as part of their curricula.

Learn more about PRME

UN Academic Impact

Signed 2017

Our commitment to the United Nations Academic Impact aligns MacEwan University with other institutions of higher learning in supporting and contributing to the realization of UN goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.

UN Academic Impact