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Campus Engagement in Strategic Planning for Sustainability

The University of Alberta’s released their second institutional sustainability plan in August 2016. The engagement process invited the entire campus community to contribute through a combination of online and in-person conversations. Based on a proven model for effective strategic planning, the engagement process produced many wide-ranging benefits. This session will provide a high level overview … Continue reading "Campus Engagement in Strategic Planning for Sustainability"

January 17, 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


Managing Risk by Building Culture – Operational Excellence

The Operational Excellence Series is a practical learning program offered to Western employees involved in the administration of people, financial or other administrative processes across the University. The first of 14 courses was offered in August, 2015, and over the last 18 months, 315 administrators have participated. Operational Excellence was developed following a needs assessment … Continue reading "Managing Risk by Building Culture – Operational Excellence"

January 12, 2017


Process Improvement – Risk Assessment and Inspection

A process improvement team consisting of three staff members from Safety & Risk Services at Simon Fraser University examined the Division’s risk assessment and inspections processes using the Lean Six Sigma methodology, The team’s project charter was to reduce the cycle time to conduct, communicate and follow-up with risk assessments and inspections conducted by Safety and Risk … Continue reading "Process Improvement – Risk Assessment and Inspection"

January 12, 2017


Asbestos Tracker

Most of the buildings constructed on the St. George Campus prior to the 1980s contain asbestos in products such as fireproofing, pipe insulation and reinforcement in floor tiles and drywall compound. Government regulations require buildings to be inspected, asbestos-containing materials identified and reports to be provided to building occupants and operators which can be kept … Continue reading "Asbestos Tracker"

June 14, 2016


Certificate of Recognition (COR) – Implementing and Auditing your Health and Safety Management System

In 2006 the University of Calgary opted to participate in the Alberta Partnerships in Injury Reduction (PIR) program recognizing employers who have developed and implemented an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) that meets established standards of excellence and awards them with a Certificate of Recognition.   The University’s OHSMS was baseline audited by an … Continue reading "Certificate of Recognition (COR) – Implementing and Auditing your Health and Safety Management System"

June 14, 2016


McGill’s Sustainable Procurement Planning – A Holistic and Strategic Approach

McGill University's Procurement Services launched a unique planning initiative, engaging a wide variety of University stakeholders to develop its first 5-Year Sustainable Procurement Strategic Plan (the "Plan"). Aligned with the University's Sustainability Strategy (Vision 2020) and the Procurement Policy, the Plan aims at embedding sustainability into the University's supply chain. Prior to 2012 only a … Continue reading "McGill’s Sustainable Procurement Planning – A Holistic and Strategic Approach"

June 13, 2016


Going Green: A Collaborative Approach to Energy Efficiency

Carleton University has developed a Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP) that outlines goals and initiatives that take an innovative approach to energy and sustainability planning on campus. This comprehensive model takes into account everything from infrastructure (retrofits and new builds), engagement of students, faculty and staff to outreach, creating research opportunities and collecting feedback. The strategic … Continue reading "Going Green: A Collaborative Approach to Energy Efficiency"

June 13, 2016


Establishing Enterprise Project Governance at Queen’s through a Project Portfolio Office

The success of Queen’s five year $30+ Million PeopleSoft project depended on inclusive project governance, agreement on the scope and priorities, and advanced project management. After the project, there were dozens of enterprise-level projects still to be done, but with no governance processes for prioritizing, sequencing or funding them. Most were business initiatives with a … Continue reading "Establishing Enterprise Project Governance at Queen’s through a Project Portfolio Office"

April 16, 2015


A Realistic and Attainable Approach to Energy Efficiency and Capital Renewal at Carleton University

This application for a CAUBO Quality and Productivity Award outlines Carleton University’s contribution to quality, productivity and institutional innovation through their strategic approach to energy and sustainability with respect to new and existing buildings. Carleton’s Strategic Integrated Plan establishes sustainability as part of the mission of the institution. This has set the precedent for creating … Continue reading "A Realistic and Attainable Approach to Energy Efficiency and Capital Renewal at Carleton University"

April 16, 2015


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