Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.15
Liaison Elenore Breslow
Submission Date Nov. 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Brock University
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Elenore Breslow
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management and Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The UNESCO Chair

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Chair is a collaborative initiative aimed at building capacity in sustainability science and its practical transfer to society. Our campus is one of only a few Canadian universities to be located within a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. This privileged location atop the Niagara Escarpment provides our institution with a unique mandate to pursue sustainability in everything we do.

The UNESCO Chair mandate is to strengthen initiatives in sustainable agriculture and community-based natural resource management in China, Africa and Ecuador with special emphasis on empowering women. In the coming years, the program should also be able to extend to Africa.

Specifically, the activities of the chair will include:

- Involvement in sustainability research and development projects in communities;
- Facilitation of joint research and work in South and North-South-South collaborations;
- Provision of support for the new Graduate Program in Sustainability Science and Society at Brock University including promotion of international students;
- Encouragement of youth and women involvement in research for education, and;
- Contributions to the network of UNESCO chairs in Canada and abroad in the fields of gender equality and sustainability.

Dr. Liette Vasseur has held the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to Global at Brock since 2014.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Research
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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