Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Amy Spark
Submission Date April 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Bow Valley College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Bow Valley College BVC Green team has a mission to advance environmental stewardship, and champion a College-wide green culture. Their duties include:

- Creating Bow Valley College's environmental plan
- Choosing environmental projects
- Tracking our progress
- Advancing environmental knowledge
- Promoting environmental goals
- Hosting green events
- Sharing information
- Celebrating our eco-champions


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

- Sustainability Coordinator (Chair)
- Sodexo Canada (Food services representative)
- 4 Faculty members
- Team Lead, Project Management and Business Analysis (Information Technology Services)
- Admissions Officer and Enrollment Representative (International Education)
- Vice-President, External Communications (Students' Association)
- 6 Students


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
No

A brief description of each sustainability office:
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Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
0.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Amy Spark, Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Bow Valley College hired their first Sustainability Coordinator in 2016, in response to a municipal bylaw which mandated recycling and composting programs for all institutions and businesses. The Coordinator successfully implemented a robust waste diversion program and wrote the draft Sustainability Policy for the College. There was a staff change in 2017; since that time the Coordinator has begun work on an 18-month long Sustainability Literacy Assessment and sustainable curriculum project, received a $7200 rebate to upgrade all lighting in the main Parkade, run the college's first Campus Sustainability Month, developed a Sustainability Video in conjunction with the Marketing department, and completed the college's first STARS report. The position has always been a half-time position, and worked in conjunction with the BVC Green Committee.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Position summary: "The primary position is responsible for ensuring the college-wide advancement of sustainability and is expected to act as an agent of change to create a culture of sustainability within the College. He or she must be able to identify and resolve environmental issues, to translate values into policy and operational practice and to find solutions that benefit the community."


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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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