Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.59
Liaison Chris Adam
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Dawson College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Chris Adam
Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Dawson has signed the Montreal Climate Coalition declaration for a Carbon Neutral City in 2019, strongly suggesting actions needed to achieve carbon neutrality for Montreal by 2042 (Montreal's 400th anniversary). https://coalitionclimatmtl.org/en/sign-the-declaration/

Dawson made its own Carbon Neutral Forever announcement and has invited the deputy-mayor to speak in 2019 about challenging the city to do the same in 2019.
https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/sustainable/uncategorized/links-to-new-dawson-video-about-dawsons-climate-change-mobilisation-and-media-coverage/


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
Yes

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

As part of a pan-Canadian working group of college representatives (2019), Dawson is part of an initiative that sent federal ministers of parliament a letter explaining the need to support sustainability in campus across Canada as a COVID and post COVID strategy to increase student engagement in a healthy environment, an economic shift to alternative ways of living with less impact on the biosphere and as a method towards stress reduction as student engage in their future positively. Committee members will meet with MP's during the summer of 2020 to debrief further.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

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

A) Dawson's Carbon Neutral Forever announcement is expressed internationally with our partners and as a signatory to the Global Climate Letter https://www.sdgaccord.org/climateletter


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):

Teacher-led Initiatives that touch on advocacy and/or past advocacy pre 2017:
1. Dawson is actively involved in Food Security issues for the city of Montreal (2019-2020). Dawson is a partner in a multi-stakeholder partnership mapping the food gardens and food markets in Montreal. This has led to consulting on the "politic d'Enfant" (Montreal Chiild Policy).
http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/pls/portal/docs/page/d_social_fr/media/documents/politique_enfant_2016.pdf
Press release: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2019/31/c7204.html
Press release: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2019/31/c7204.html

2. Dawson continues to advocate for gun control and the abolition of semi-automated weapons after a tragic school shooting on campus in 2006. With the unfortunate reoccurrence of school shootings, Dawson administration is often contacted for comment or international speaking engagements. The Quebec Anastasia de Sousa act was passed by the National Assembly in 2007. This bill prohibits the possession of firearms in the buildings and on the grounds of childcare facilities and educational institutions and in conveyances used for public transportation and school transportation. By government regulation, any other institution may be added to those listed in the bill. Dawson continues to advocate for gun control.

Dawson has been very active in Morelos, Mexico with multiple university partnerships in research and has invited, discussed and collaborated with municipal, state and federal representatives during sustainability forums. These representatives were in the field of education and sustainability in Mexico. Water security and contamination issues within institutes of higher education have been addressed with the establishment of rooftop water collection (2019) and purification systems (2014). Lectures and workshops involving the rights of indigenous peoples, food justice, young parent access to university were some topics of discussion at planned conference events in Mexico.

3. Indigenous Education Protocol, developed by Colleges and Institutes Canada and to which Dawson is a signatory; https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/policyfocus/indigenous-learners/protocol/


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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