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Cloud Enabled Collaboration & Productivity

All eleven Nova Scotia institutions of higher education now use a common communication and collaboration platform. Offered to higher education at no- to very low cost, Office365 is the new technology standard and portends future sharing opportunities in information technology (IT). Through the Higher-Ed IT Shared Services program, there was a single procurement and contract … Continue reading "Cloud Enabled Collaboration & Productivity"

January 25, 2017


Incorporating Sustainability into University Governance: Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018

The University of Manitoba’s Sustainability Policy outlines a commitment to excellence and leadership based on a strategy of broad engagement and integrated planning across the entire University community. In response to the Policy, the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability undertook broad engagement to identify priorities for the University. Based on the results, the … Continue reading "Incorporating Sustainability into University Governance: Sustainability Strategy 2016-2018"

January 25, 2017


Managing campus expansion in an era of climate change

Through ten years of comprehensive climate action, the University of Winnipeg has made quantitative reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions while showing strong leadership and innovation in GHG emission tracking, policy development, management, and reporting.  Between 1990 and 2015, absolute campus wide emissions decreased by approximately 32% despite the fact that 38% of currently owned … Continue reading "Managing campus expansion in an era of climate change"

January 25, 2017


University of Victoria Service Excellence Program

   In January 2014, the president of the University of Victoria reported to the campus community the results of his extensive campus conversation consultations. The report identified challenges “in maintaining our high levels of collaboration, engagement, and collegiality” and recommended, “To address these challenges we must improve our internal communications and engagement processes” (University of … Continue reading "University of Victoria Service Excellence Program"

January 25, 2017


Strategic Planning for Sustainability

The University of Alberta’s released their second institutional sustainability plan in August 2016. The 18-month strategic planning and consultation process invited the whole campus community to contribute through a collection of online and in-person conversations, group and individual interviews, open houses, and review of draft documents. Using a proven model for effective strategic planning, the … Continue reading "Strategic Planning for Sustainability"

January 24, 2017


Transforming operations through better communications

UBC’s Building Operations department integrated a new focus on communications to drive operational change and the results were exciting. We know that reliable indicators of engagement and morale are demonstrated in the following: Days Absence per FTE are down from 12 days in 2016 to 11.2 days. This represents $125K of salary per year that … Continue reading "Transforming operations through better communications"

January 20, 2017


Own Your Zone Learning Program – Unlocking Our Cognitive Traps

The Own Your Zone (OYZ) program is a distinct approach to employee training within higher education. OYZ was conceptualized to strengthen the implementation of the Facilities Management Division (FMD) Zone Delivery Model, intended to provide better service to the University of Saskatchewan community. OYZ targets the varied needs of a diverse workforce of 175 custodians … Continue reading "Own Your Zone Learning Program – Unlocking Our Cognitive Traps"

January 13, 2017


Out of the Dark Ages into the Light – The Triple Bottom Line Work Environment

The Administrative Offices at the Examination Centre building is a perfect illustration of how a single project can address the triple bottom line of sustainability namely: the environment, the social (or human factor) and economic factors. What started out as a forced move for several administrative departments turned out to be a phenomenal opportunity to … Continue reading "Out of the Dark Ages into the Light – The Triple Bottom Line Work Environment"

January 12, 2017


Cape Breton University Wind Farm

Cape Breton University (CBU) is proud to be the first energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral campus in North America. In January 2016, CBU completed the development of a three turbine 5.4 MW windfarm across from the campus that generates an estimated 16,200 MWh of electrical energy annually, equivalent to an offset of 15,400 tonnes of … Continue reading "Cape Breton University Wind Farm"

January 12, 2017


Vision 2020: A Collaborative and Innovative Sustainability Strategy for McGill University

McGill University’s Sustainability Strategy, Vision 2020, was the product of a deeply collaborative community engagement process initiated by McGill’s Office of Sustainability in February 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, over 1,500 people, representing a broad, diverse cross-section of the McGill community, were engaged in the creation of the Strategy at over 35 events, including world-café … Continue reading "Vision 2020: A Collaborative and Innovative Sustainability Strategy for McGill University"

January 9, 2017


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