Sustainability At Olds College

Sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term value by embracing opportunities and managing risks derived from the multiple bottom line concept of economic; environmental; educational; social; and governance responsibilities.

Recommendations or Concerns Regarding Sustainability at Olds College?

We are always open to comments and concerns regarding the Olds College campus and sustainability.  If you have anything that you would like to see done, or any concerns or questions please feel free to contact Jen or Danielle.


For more information, contact:

Jen Donofrio
Director of Campus Facilities and Sustainability

Phone: (403) 556-4757
Cell: (403) 559-4703
Toll-free: 1-800-661-6537 ext 4757
Location: Campus Facilities

Danielle Tighe
Analyst, Campus Facilities & Sustainability

Phone: (403) 507-7736
Cell: (780) 893-0483
Toll-Free: 1-800-661-6537 ext 7736
Location: CF 1302

Economic Sustainability

Economic Sustainability is the prudent use of all resources to optimize the College’s capacity to achieve the vision without compromising the potential for continued benefits. It involves the discipline to create long-term benefits by securing diversified revenues and allocating resources based on current situational realities, anticipated future events, financial position and operational risks.


Social Sustainability

Social Sustainability builds upon the basic needs of health, security and justice to enhance individual and community capacity. Capacity and quality is supported through learning and personal growth. It creates social inclusion and builds trusting compassionate communities.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability involves the protection and enhancement of our environment. Sustainable practices include pollution prevention and recovery practices, and recycling processes. It involves choosing lean technologies, clean and renewable energy sources, and environmentally responsible products. Programs, Facilities and grounds will be planned, constructed and operated in a manner that reduces our environmental footprint and protects ecological systems.

Governance Sustainability

Governance Sustainability is a shared leadership practice that develops and empowers the Board of Governors and staff to be institutional leaders. Its collaborative approach is founded on the principles of governance stewardship and moral leadership to achieve long-term growth and the development of the College. Through shared leadership practices, governance sustainability builds capacity by creating, sustaining and fulfilling the values, vision, mission and outcomes of the College.

Educational Sustainability

Educational Sustainability encompasses the creation of life-long learning opportunities by planning, preparing and delivering programs and education in ways that exceed learner goals. It requires attracting and retaining skilled and knowledgeable staff committed to personal and learner development, innovative curriculum design, access to technology and tools and excellence in teaching and learning strategies. Staff, irrespective of role, create an environment that inspires and enables individuals to develop their capabilities to the highest potential levels throughout their life. It raises awareness of sustainability, research of sustainability and improves learning outcomes and student experiences. Research and teaching sustainability prepares students to be better citizens and leaders.