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Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2011
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Dalhousie University
PAE-2: Strategic Plan

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Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Year the strategic plan or equivalent was completed or adopted:
2010

Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the environmental dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the environmental dimensions of sustainability:

Sustain campus renewal

One of the key focuses of the Dalhousie Strategic Plan 2010-2013 is Sustain Campus Renewal. “In all our efforts, we must take care to maintain the strongest commitment to environmental sustainability.” P. 17

The transformation of Dalhousie’s campuses proceeds rapidly, improving the quality of our learning and working space and enhancing our appeal when recruiting new students. Our new Campus Master Plan will create a framework for future developments, but new space is expensive, so it is crucial that we use available physical resources efficiently and that we maintain them well. Regular space audits and increased investments in deferred maintenance projects are essential.

Several new projects are moving forward quickly, assuming our finances allow. In particular, we need to add additional residence space on campus to house new students, renew our capacity to heat buildings in a more sustainable manner, and build new learning spaces where enrolment pressures are greatest and growth cannot be accommodated easily within existing facilities. In all our efforts, we must take care to maintain the strongest commitment to environmental sustainability.

There are specific objectives:

• Use our new Campus Master Plan to guide campus renewal. The new campus master plan released in 2010 has environment and sustainability as a theme throughout the document. It a number of appendices including a solar study for the campus.

• Develop a space management process that ensures assigned campus space is used efficiently. This is an energy and economic measure.

• Ensure all campus operations proceed with strong consideration for environmental sustainability


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the social dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the social dimensions of sustainability:

It is in every level of the plan including the Mission “Learning, discovery and innovation, and social engagement.” P. 6. Key Focuses such as “Enrich student experience” and Engage Our Community p. 21 and sub objectives.

There are a number of specific objectives, indicators and targets that will be tracked such as:

• Support the capacities of Faculty student societies to create stronger local identities and stronger campus spirit.

• Develop increased student leadership opportunities and ways to recognize these experiences.


Does the institution's strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include the economic dimensions of sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the strategic plan or amendment addresses the economic dimensions of sustainability:

Ensure Financial Sustainability is a Key Focus. P. 19

There are a number of specific objectives, indicators and targets that will be tracked such as:

• Develop a pension plan that is financially sustainable and meets employee expectations

• Successfully complete a $250-million capital campaign


The website URL where information about the strategic plan is available:

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