Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.73
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2011
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Dalhousie University
PAE-24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Rochelle Owen
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, bills, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Dalhousie Office and College of Sustainability and other departments in the University have provided media comments, interviews, and written letters supporting positions that advance sustainability as it relates to government policies.

Concrete examples include:
-Office of Sustainability – writing support letters to Halifax Regional Municipality to support bike lanes in the city and participating in the HRM Alliance.

-Dalhousie University working with regional health organizations and another University to create a Transportation Demand Management group. This group sent letters to provincial and municipal governments advocating benefits of active transport and requesting representation on committees.

-Dalhousie faculty contribute through their research and outreach many policy recommendations to government for example – Dalhousie faculty involved in developing New MPA guidelines to help protect Canada's oceans.

Dalhousie faculty and staff engage in a variety of public policy advocacy on issues, policy and regulations. Examples include

Oceans advocacy:
-http://www.dal.ca/event/oceansweek/future.html; http://wormlab.biology.dal.ca/media.php; http://seavoices.com/people-a-m/boris-worm-ph-d/

- Energy Security –http://dclh.electricalandcomputerengineering.dal.ca/enen/

-Energy Policy: Dalhousie Dean and Professor lead energy process for provincial policy and program formation: http://www.gov.ns.ca/energy/resources/EM/renewable/Wheeler-Renewable-Stakeholder-Consultation-Report.pdf

Food and LCA:
-Dalhousie University Researchers Raise Questions About the Sustainability of the Global Livestock Industry:

Sustainability education
-Engaging people in social change.

The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts are available:

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