Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.30
Liaison Laura Hamstra
Submission Date Feb. 9, 2017
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Durham College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tony Doyle
Chief of Staff
Office of the President - DC
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
Yes

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:

Durham College has signed the Pan Canadian Protocol for Sustainability. Signatories to the Protocol agree to provide leadership to their internal and external communities and to maximize their contribution to a sustainable future. The Protocol is broad in scope in order to enable institutions to develop policies and practices consistent with their capabilities. It is reasonably expected that the implementation of this Protocol will vary from institution to institution.


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

Durham College’s Sustainability Committee seeks to enhance the environmental sustainability of campus operations, planning, administration, curriculum, research, innovation and stakeholder engagement. Between 20 and 30 employees and students serve on the committee, representing a broad-scope of departments and programs that act as advisory board to the Durham College Leadership Team.


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

As a publicly funded organization, provincial legislation prevents Durham College from making political donations or using college dollars on political activities. The college has a non-partisan approach to politics – it works with politicians at all levels and from all parties. Our approach is that we are a resource to politicians and we provide support and information where needed, along with updating them on our priorities. Because of this non-partisan approach, we are often sought out to sit on political committees. As two examples, our president was asked to sit on a Region Government Committee looking at the composition of Regional Council, and he was also asked to moderate a community session about GO Train expansion through our region. In both cases, he was asked to take part because of his approach to being a community builder who works with all types of organizations and interests.


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