Over the past decade sustainability has become increasingly integrated in all areas of campus activity at Acadia. Students, faculty and staff have all played a signifcant role in helping make Acadia a model of social, financial and environmental sustainability. Energy upgrades, the Acadia Community Farm, Trayless dining and the annual campus sustainability week event are just a few accomplishments. Read more about the history of sustainability at Acadia
In 2006 Acadia became a signatory to the Talloires Declaration, a 10-point action plan to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy into all aspects of university activities. This framework informs all activities of the Acadia Sustainability Office. Acadia is committed to the following actions:
1) Increase Awareness of Environmentally Sustainable Development
2) Create an Institutional Culture of Sustainability
3) Educate for Environmentally Responsible Citizenship
4) Foster Environmental Literacy For All
5) Practice Institutional Ecology
6) Involve All Stakeholders
7) Collaborate for Interdisciplinary Approaches
8) Enhance Capacity of Primary and Secondary Schools
9) Broaden Service and Outreach Nationally and Internationally
10) Maintain the Movement
Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Acadia became a member of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2007. AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to facilitate a sustainable future. AASHE aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities. Membership entitles all Acadia faculty, staff and students to numerous benefits. Membership Benefits
Atlantic Canada Universities and Colleges Sustainability Network
The Atlantic Canada Universities and Colleges Sustainability Network was created in 2008 to facilitate information sharing and cooperative initiatives among post-secondary institutions in the region. Institutions are represented primarily by staff responsible for sustainability initiatives on campus. Each province appoints a member to service on the executive team. Nova Scotia is represented by Acadia University.
Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals
The Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP) was formed in 2008, following an inaugural meeting at AASHE 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina.Through its membership, CUSP aims to build a cross‐Canada network of campus Sustainability Professionals with representation from provinces and territories. The network has a Steering Committee which serves as connection to regional campus sustainability networks. Acadia is a member of this alliance. The Atlantic representative is Dalhousie University.
Acadia Sustainability Assessment
The Acadia Sustainability Assessment is the first comprehensive review of the status of sustainability across all areas of the institution.
Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework (CSAF)
The Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework aims to quantify Acadia University's ecological, economic, and social sustainability practices and then set goals that will eventually place Acadia at the forefront of environmental stewardship. We invite you to review the following documents to further your understanding of this assessment.