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University Canada West deepens commitment to sustainability

Interior lounge area of Vancouver House Campus with AASHE logo

University Canada West (UCW) is pleased to announce that it is now a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a thriving, equitable and ecologically just world.

Through membership in AASHE, UCW will receive support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

“We are excited to join the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to continue our efforts to make our campuses as environmentally sustainable as possible and to be a driving force of sustainability innovation,” said Brock Dykeman, UCW President and Vice-Chancellor.

AASHE enables higher education institutions to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resourcesprofessional development and a network of peer support and knowledge sharing.

“ASSHE counts on the support of progressive institutions like University Canada West to fulfill its mission to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser.

“As laboratories for experimentation and innovation, higher education institutions have a unique opportunity to make sustainability part of everyone’s agenda. I welcome UCW to our family of colleges, universities, associations and businesses driving the transformation to a sustainable world.

Membership covers every individual at an institution so the entire campus community can take advantage of member benefits.

“We are happy to have UCW join ASSHE and take an active role within this community as we all work to advance sustainability,” said Meghan Fay Zahniser.

“We invite students, faculty and staff at UCW to visit our site and create an AASHE account. This will allow everyone to take advantage of the member-only resources, free webinars and discounts to AASHE workshops.”

Among AASHE’s major programs is the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities –from community colleges to research universities – and encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions and entry points of recognition for institutions taking steps toward sustainability.

 

Published on April 19, 2021.