Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.05
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date May 26, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Concordia University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Pietro Gasparrini
Environmental Health and Safety
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

In 2013, members of the President’s Executive Group of Concordia drafted a Sustainability Governance Framework to provide strategic direction in integrating sustainability within the university’s decision-making process.

The Sustainability Governance Framework oversaw the creation of the latest Concordia Campus Sustainability Assessment (CCSA). The purpose of all CCSA reports is to showcase the current sustainability situation of the University and propose recommendations to further sustainability at Concordia. Each version of the report builds in part on the previous one while also including new elements representing the evolving reality of sustainability at Concordia University.

In 2014, the Sustainability Governance Framework created and approved the University's official definition of sustainability on campus (see http://www.concordia.ca/about/sustainability/strategic.html)

In 2016, the Sustainability Governance Framework with input from a community consultation process created and approved the University's official sustainability policy (see https://www.concordia.ca/content/dam/common/docs/policies/official-policies/BD-7.pdf).

The Sustainability Governance Framework has completed a community consultation process for sustainability plans for the university. The members of the Sustainability Governance Framework will work towards developing a sustainability plan with the data from the community consultation and in collaboration with individual departments.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

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

The Sustainability Governance Framework is composed of the Sustainability Steering Committee and of three sub-committees complemented with a Community Engagement Fellow and a Sustainability Fellow.

Sustainability Steering Committee:
- Key functions: strategic planning, policy development, resource allocation, compliance, reporting.

Operational and Environmental Sustainability Sub-Committee:
- Key functions: space usage, resource consumption, environmental sustainability, environmental safety.

Community Engagement Sub-Committee:
- Key functions: community engagement, community relations, social communication systems.

Teaching, Learning and Research Sustainability Sub-Committee:
- Key functions: coordinate teaching, learning and research sustainability activities, prioritize initiatives.

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

See the membership of each committees in the URL below.

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Environmental Health & Safety's Sustainability Team includes three sustainability professionals.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Chantal Forgues, Sustainability Coordinator; Faisal Shennib, Environmental Coordinator; Isabelle Mailhot-Leduc, Sustainable Food System Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Sustainability Coordinator:
- The Sustainability Coordinator serves as a facilitator in the University's move towards sustainability, acting through a collaborative process involving staff, students, faculty and administrators especially in regards of academic and students projects.
Environmental Coordinator:
- The Environmental Coordinator is responsible for developing, overseeing and facilitating the implementation of plans and strategies related to R4 (rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle). This includes, among others, composting, recycling and sustainable waste management operations.
Sustainable Food System Coordinator:
- The Sustainable Food System Coordinator work with a diversity of internal food system stakeholders including contracted food service providers and student operations to identify local purchasing need and opportunities and actualize localized sustainable strategies to meet them.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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