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

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 KAREINA D'SOUZA
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP): is a network or provincial and regional networks of sustainability and facilities officers that work on campus sustainability efforts. The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC); a Canadian rep of this network that focuses on sustainability on campuses for the Northeastern US and Canada, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE): part of international organization that focuses on sustainability and higher education, and Quality Urban Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) focuses on community energy planning and solutions. The University and college sector is involved as many campuses are like small communities and we learn from each other within the MUSH sector.

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Atlantic Canada Universities and Colleges Sustainability Network (AUCSN): Sustainability and facilities officers meet twice a year to share programs, learn new ideas and connect with organizations and government. Atlantic Chapter of The Canada Green Building Council: The University and college sector is involved as many campuses have a green building agenda. Through this network we share ideas and practices among colleagues at conferences and events.

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

CAGBC - Atlantic Chapter - Showcase, Green Building Tour - IDEA and Design
CAGBC - Atlantic Chapter - Showcase, Climate Change Planning - Panel speaker
Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Edmonton, Campus as a Living Lab
Clean Leadership Student Presentations, Green Labs and Energy and Climate
CaGBC Green Retrofit Interactive Workshop, Energy Performance Agreement opportunities for retrofits - profile of Tupper EPC
Northeastern Sustainability Campus Consortium Conference, Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement Opportunities
CAGBC - Atlantic Chapter - Build Green Atlantic, Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement Opportunities,
Maritime Energy Conference, Onshore Renewables and Energy Efficiency: Where are the Opportunities in Maritimes Canada?
AAPPA , Case Study in Effective Recommissioning of a Laboratory Building
The Design and Construction Institute of Nova Scotia Conference, Green Building and Sustainability Strategies

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

An application was made to the ASHRAE's 2020-2021 Technology Awards for Educational Facilities. Dalhousie building project received this award in 2021. https://www.dal.ca/news/2021/05/05/sustainability-features-power-idea-and-design-buildings-to-first.html

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability is the Chair of the Atlantic Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council; and the Atlantic rep. for the Canadian University Sustainability Professional Network. Many Dalhousie employees are Board or committee members on other sustainability related networks.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The Office of Sustainability is a member of the Atlantic Universities and Colleges Sustainability Network. Through this forum our Office provides on a regular basis, presentations, templates and materials for colleagues in other institutions. As an example in the last two years (2019- 2021) we have are shared and provided support for analyzing other institutions waste data, sharing GHG tracking sheets with energy managers, leading sessions and discussions on renewable energy power purchase agreements.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

The Office of Sustainability has shared tracking templates with other universities and colleges, such as green house gas report calculations and tracking sheets.

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Dalhousie University collaborates with Saint Mary's University to host the Halifax Dump and Run. This is a community event that seeks to reduce the large number of items that end up in the landfill during residence move outs and raise money for charity through a large garage sale of second hand items. This event targets sustainability through promoting reuse of items instead of new purchases, reducing what most likely would have ended up in a landfill to other uses or to the necessary recycling stream, and educating the volunteers and the community on product life cycle. The work between Dalhousie and SMU is collaborative in nature through planning and support of the event and provision of materials and volunteers.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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