Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.73
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2011
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Dalhousie University
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

Dalhousie University released a Sustainability Plan for the University in 2010. Members of the Dalhousie and HRM community have provided comments on the plan through individual and organizational meetings, emails, and web forums. The Dalhousie President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability has reviewed and support the concepts promoted in the plan.


A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

Measurable goals:

-Increased diversion of solid, liquid, hazardous waste
-Reduce electricity, heat, and water consumption per/person
-Reduce GHGs (which will impact associated air emissions)
-Increase renewable energy supply on campus
-Increased travel (commuting and business) through sustainable modes
-Enhanced urban biodiversity
-Buildings achieve green building certification status
-Sustainable food offerings
-Major planning, policy, reporting, and communication products incorporate sustainability concepts and criteria.
-Sustainability is reflected as a core concentration in the University curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level
-Positive student and employee experience

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

Public reporting of Dalhousie sustainability efforts every three years to communicate on going progress and status of current goals and objectives:

-% as expressed in tonnes and (litres for liquid), $ saved.
-% as expressed in kWh for electricity and heat and m3 for water, $ saved or avoided.
-% reduced expressed in CO2 equivalent tonnes, air quality emissions will also be calculated.
-Plan & Pilot, % kwH created in electricity and heat
-TDM Plan, 5% up to 15% increased in sustainable travel modes.
-Plan, Landscape enhancement.
-New buildings, 10% up to 30% of existing buildings
-Plan, measures to be developed and assessed every three years.
-Number and type of products, policies, and processes.
-Type of initiatives (multi-disciplinary aspects..)
-Qualitative and scaled responses

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:
The year the plan was developed or last updated:

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