Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.94
Liaison Tanya Roberts
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Durham College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Michelle Darling
Senior Project Manager, Project Portfolio Planning and Sustainability
Facilities & Ancillary
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Line from Strategic Plan, GOAL 4 Our Community: We will celebrate and support advances in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Through an extensive consultation process, the college established a new Strategic Research Plan in 2015-2020, which identifies four research priorities for the next five years. In keeping with the celebrated opening of the CFF and the field-to-fork concept, one of those themes is Advancing Agriculture, Agri-business and Tourism. Already the college is making significant and unique contributions to sustainable agriculture and food production that is economically viable, socially beneficial and protective of the environment. The college is grounded in the principle of stewardship with a focus on preserving the natural resources that allow us to meet our needs both now and in the future for generations to come.

Over the next five years, Durham College is committed to achieving the
following major research objectives.
• Encourage, foster, promote and sustain excellence in all aspects
of research.
• Communicate the research potential, leadership capabilities and
college’s commitment to research.
• Expand outreach efforts to develop strategic research alliances and
networks, which support collaborations across industry sectors.
• Enhance existing areas of research strength and demonstrated
expertise and take advantage of new opportunities in emerging
areas with high impact.
• Integrate applied research and entrepreneurism into the curricula
to enhance the student learning experience.

Durham College will measure applied research success to demonstrate
the progress of the objectives through an annual report on the
effectiveness of the Strategic Research Plan. Quantitative measures will
include the number of projects per year, faculty engagement as principal
investigators or co-investigators, student engagement in projects,
number of research partners, dollars, and in-kind investments of funded
research. Qualitative outcomes will also be included such as the impact
of completed projects, incorporation of research into the curriculum, and
the results of commercialization and knowledge transfer.
This is a five-year Strategic Research Plan, which recognizes the
dynamic nature of research. It is a living document to be regularly
reviewed and updated as necessary with a complete re-examination at
the end of the five years.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan (2019-2024)
measurable objectives of plan:
DC can expect to achieve the following targets by
2024:
• 11 % reduction in electricity consumption
• 28 % reduction in natural gas consumption
• 947 tCO2e reduction of carbon equivalent emissions


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As per Durham College-UOIT campus master plan section 3.1.2: Establish a shared commitment that all new buildings will be developed in an ecological, economical, and socially sustainable manner. Establish a shared and consistent set a green
building criteria which will be used by both institutions to determine the
appropriate sustainable technologies and practices for each new building.
The green building criteria may be developed based on the evaluation
criteria found in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) or
BREEAM, for example.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The purpose of this Energy Conservation and Demand Management (ECDM) Plan from Durham College (“DC”) is to outline specific actions and measures that will promote good stewardship of our environment and community resources in the years to come. This ECDM outlines how the college will reduce overall energy consumption, operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. This ECDM Plan is written in accordance with sections 4, 5, and 6 of the recently
amended Electricity Act, 1998, O. Reg. 507/18.

Today, utility and energy related costs are a significant part of overall operating costs. In 2018:
• Energy Use Index (EUI) was 47 ekWh/sq.ft
• Energy-related emissions equaled 4,015 tCO2e
To obtain full value from energy management activities, DC will take a strategic approach to fully integrate energy management into its business decision-making, policies and operating procedures. This active management of energy-related costs and risks will provide a significant economic return and will support
other key organizational objectives. With this prominent focus on energy management, DC can expect to achieve the following targets by 2024:
• 11 % reduction in electricity consumption
• 28 % reduction in natural gas consumption
• 947 tCO2e reduction of carbon equivalent emissions

This report is intended to build upon Durham College’s sustainability platform, Living Green, and act as our Energy Conservation and Demand Management Report submission, meeting regulatory requirements. This report highlights our current energy consumption patterns, provides targets for energy reduction and identifies key areas of focus to drive energy savings. Durham College is committed to meeting the targets identified within this ECDM and we will continue to be proactive with energy conservation.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As per DC-UOIT campus master plan 3.1.3:
Commit to creating sustainable landscapes on campus through sustainable land development and management practices. Foster resiliency in the campus landscape
by encouraging thoughtful planning and design that informs longterm monitoring and adaptive management of the landscape. Establish a shared and consistent
set of low impact development (LID) criteria that will be implemented
by both institutions to determine appropriate approaches for each new
landscape. The “Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM” may serve as the basis for
the establishment of such criteria. LID approaches were incorporated into
the Master Environmental Servicing Plan for the Windfields Planning Area
and are also relevant to this site, including:

• Grade the areas adjacent to natural features to direct runoff
toward these features. This could include incorporating shallow infiltration swales (with clear stone) along the edges of the natural areas.
• Construction of the creek crossings should be scheduled
if possible during late summer to take advantage of the
typically lower groundwater elevations.
• Place additional topsoil across development lands to provide
for water storage, including in boulevards. Potentially deeper
topsoil could be placed within open spaces areas and playing
fields. The upper portions of underlying soil should be tilled
or scarified prior to placing the topsoil.
• Grade as much of the stormwater management ponds as possible directly to
the creeks rather than back to the pond.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As per DC-UOIT campus master plan 3.1.6: Continue to promote and encourage
the use of alternative modes of transportation to the personal vehicle
through transit pass programs, provision of covered and adequate bicycle parking, and discussions with Durham Regional Transit and GO Transit on the increased provision of transit service along key routes.

Section 5.3.7 Transportation Demand Management
(TDM) Programs should be established to minimize the reliance of students, faculty and staff on the private automobile, including:
• Establishment of a car pool program, working together with
Smart Commute Durham, and identify priority carpool parking spaces;
• On-going coordination and discussions with Durham Transit on the provision of
new transit routes to and from campus;
• Gradually increase the price of parking to encourage other modes of transportation;
• Promote the development of a compact and walkable campus, so that, if students need to drive, they can park for the day and walk between classes and campus activities.

Section 5.5 of the Campus Master Plan also references active transportation


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Durham College has created a waste reduction and work plan, as required by O. Reg. 102/94:
In November 2019, a third party waste audit was conducted by Cambium Inc.
Please refer to attached workplan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

As per Durham College & UOIT Campus Master Plan 3.1.4: Storm water management on site should first consider low impact development alternatives such as
soakaways, trenches and chambers, bioretention, vegetated filter strips,
permeable pavements, enhanced grass swales and perforated pipe
systems to encourage infiltration or storage and reuse of rainwater
wherever possible. In addition, the following should be studied:

• In individual building design, stormwater may be captured
in a cistern and reused for building sanitary conveyance and/or landscape irrigation.
• Reduce the amount of impervious surfaces by using alternative paving materials
such as open pavers and open rubber mats.
• Where impervious or hardscape areas are implemented, such as parking lots, integrate bioswales and vegetation throughout and border the area
with soft/permeable surfaces to allow stormwater to be slowed and infiltrated.
• Green roofing systems may be implemented to reduce the amount of roof runoff during a storm by absorbing the rainwater, and reducing both the rate and quantity of its discharge.
• Stormwater management ponds, where needed, should be designed as an open space
feature, and integrated with the surrounding green spaces.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

Durham College is a signatory of the Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability through the Association of Canadian Community Colleges


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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