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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


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


Improving Understandability and Impact: Applying a Well-being Lens to Policies and Procedures

Overview As part of the internationally recognized Healthy Campus Community Initiative at Simon Fraser University, Policy and Processes is one of six identified action areas. Through a partnership between SFU’s Health Promotion team and Associate Registrar, the Well-being through SFU Policy project has engaged diverse campus stakeholders in recognizing and adapting policies, procedures and process … Continue reading "Improving Understandability and Impact: Applying a Well-being Lens to Policies and Procedures"

January 23, 2017


Say Thanks – Informal Employee Recognition Initiative

In October 2015, Ryerson University launched a new informal recognition initiative called Say Thanks as part of its larger employee recognition program. The initiative’s objectives are to: Strengthen a culture of appreciation Encourage Ryerson values Increase employee engagement An earlier employee engagement survey had identified perceptions by employees of value and recognition, particularly at the … Continue reading "Say Thanks – Informal Employee Recognition Initiative"

January 20, 2017


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


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


Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – U of T’s Unique Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund

The Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) is a unique approach to implementing a green revolving fund. It provides comprehensive funding to facilitate projects that result in reducing the University’s environmental footprint and utilities consumption. The URRF, established in 2012, has been very effective in reducing utilities usage and expenditures. The fund provides comprehensive funding for … Continue reading "Utility Reduction Revolving Fund (URRF) – U of T’s Unique Approach to Implementing a Green Revolving Fund"

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


Changing the Course of Student Residences

Historically Vancouver Island University was a community college which served a local catchment area on Vancouver Island.  In 2008 an amendment to the University Act of BC designated VIU as a university.  This change began to have two effects on the campus.  Firstly, it drastically enlarged the catchment area of the institution and created demand … Continue reading "Changing the Course of Student Residences"

January 9, 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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