|Submission Date||Jan. 7, 2015|
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, 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, legislation, 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 – participated in provincial Solid waste consultation process – Revising Our Path Forward by providing detailed comments on plan recommendations.
Dalhousie University is part of an Institutional Transportation Demand Management Committee with local health organizations and another University. This group in 2013-2014 presented at city council twice. The first presentation was on active transportation themes and suggestions to the Active Transportation Committee and to the Transportation committee on Council on issues and opportunities regarding sustainable transportation
Dalhousie faculty contribute through their research and outreach in many policy recommendations to government for example – Dalhousie Law faculty Meinhard Doelle and Bill Lahey (involved in leading a major review and recommendation process on aquaculture in NS).
A number of groups on campus Cities and Environment Unit, DALTRAX, Office of Sustainability participated in Metro Transit Public consultation on the Transit five year plan.
Dalhousie faculty and staff engage in a variety of public policy advocacy on issues, policy and regulations. Examples include Oceans advocacy: Dal Ocean scientists role in public policy and media.
Forestry: Peter Duniker (SRES Faculty)_ and other SRES students involvement in creation of Halifax Urban Forest Plan with the city and Climate Change: Participating in public dialogue on the impact of government cutbacks on climate science research and action. Atmospheric-Optics Lab.
http://www.halifax.ca/movingforwardtogether/ http://oneocean.cbc.ca/series/experts/boris-worm http://www.dal.ca/faculty/management/sres/news-events/news/2013/12/12/urban_forest_master_plan_takes_root_at_dalhousie.html, http://aolab.phys.dal.ca/
A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:
A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:
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