Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.92
Liaison Julien-Pierre Lacombe
Submission Date Nov. 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Ecole de Technologie Superieure
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Julien-Pierre Lacombe
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Sustainable office
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

An annual scholarship from the ÉTS Student Association's Sustainable Development Fund (FDDAÉÉTS) is awarded to one or a few graduate students whose research is related to sustainable development. The FDDAÉÉTS also supports the Engineering Laboratory for Sustainable Development (LIDD) on an annual basis. This laboratory allows ÉTS students and researchers to contribute to the development of innovative, practical and appropriate technological solutions that integrate sustainable development principles.
A bachelor's degree course entitled "Sustainable Development Tools for Engineers" encourages several students to pursue research projects related to concrete sustainable development applications for engineers: https://www.etsmtl.ca/Programmes-Etudes/1er-cycle/Fiche-de-cours?Sigle=ING500


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

ÉTS hosts the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for the Operationalization of Sustainable Development (Centre interdicisplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable - CIRODD). The mission of this entity is to contribute to accelerating a sustainable and intelligent transformation of Québec society by implementing sustainable innovation mechanisms in a transdisciplinary manner. Funding is available to researchers and students conducting interdisciplinary/transdiciplinary research projects that contribute to the operationalization of sustainable development.

Otherwise, during fall 2016 and winter 2017, a large group of professors were consulted to draft the new 2017-2020 Strategic Research Plan. This plan must be known and followed by researchers. There are 8 main research and development themes suggested through which the notions of transdisciplinarity, environment and sustainable development are frequently mentioned. The 8 themes are: Aerospace, energy, environment, insfrasctructures and built environments, manufacturing materials, health, information and communication technologies, land transportation. This plan has led researchers to focus on topics such as the use of artificial intelligence in medical imaging to increase the accuracy of information or the development of advanced materials that have new properties, for example to reduce the carbon footprint.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

ÉTS hosts the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for the Operationalization of Sustainable Development (Centre interdicisplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable - CIRODD). The mission of this entity is to contribute to accelerating a sustainable and intelligent transformation of Québec society by implementing sustainable innovation mechanisms in a transdisciplinary manner. Funding is available to researchers and students conducting interdisciplinary/transdiciplinary research projects that contribute to the operationalization of sustainable development.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

All of our practices: research support, collection development, research assistance and information management can be reused on demand depending on the subject taught by a professor or his research subjects.

There was a thematic guide on sustainable development that lists documents on this subject. This guide existed until last year.

Material selection policy and practice: Collection development guidelines indicate that there is alignment with ÉTS research areas, so if there is sustainability research at ÉTS, we will acquire materials accordingly as well as for other topics. For the rest, we follow the ÉTS acquisition policies.

Curriculum development efforts: The library does not develop curriculum per se. We may guide a teacher in the development of training or exercises related to sustainable development. For example, we offer a workshop and have helped to set up workshops as part of the course: TIN501: Environment, Technology and Society

Promotion of sustainability literature: Book presentations (books that we put at the entrance of the library) in recent years:
- April 20 to May 4, 2015: Earth Day
- October 2 to November 23, 2015: Green Building
- March 22 to April 18, 2017: Green architecture
- April 18 to May 3, 2017: Earth Day


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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