Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 KAREINA D'SOUZA
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Halifax SmartTrip

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

Dalhousie partners with Halifax SmartTrip to support a reduced-cost Halifax Transit bus pass program available to all permanent full-time and part-time employees, as well as associate employees.

 The program was piloted in 2013 and was renewed every year since. Dalhousie pays a fee to be a part of the SmartTrip program and covers a percentage of the bus pass costs.

A primary goal of the SmartTrip EPass program is to reduce rush hour traffic in Halifax by encouraging employees to use transit whenever possible. The program complements the SmartTrip initiatives to reduce the number of vehicles being driven to the workplace. This program helps the environment, reduces employee transit expenses, and increases access and social equity when it comes to public transportation.

https://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability/smart-trip/transit/transit-passes.html


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Canada Green Building Council

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

Dalhousie is a member of CAGBC and has an ongoing partnership with the Canada Green Building Council through support for education and outreach events housed at the University. This includes booking meeting space and providing speakers. Dalhousie staff are involved in the organization training offerings, programs and as part of the Chapter Leadership Board Chair and The Office of Sustainability often hosts events and tours on campus.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Efficiency One

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-focused

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

Dalhousie has a long term relationship with Efficiency Nova Scotia (formerly Conserve NS) since 2010. We co-fund an Embedded Energy Manager on campus, participate in the partners network, speak at events, work on multiple projects together, and share resources.

Some examples of energy projects include: compressed air, fridge/freezer exchange, greenhouse upgrades, full building air testing, house upgrades, campus lighting, equipment upgrades, new construction.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s community partnerships to advance sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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