Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.07
Liaison Julien-Pierre Lacombe
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Ecole de Technologie Superieure
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
-- 2.00 / 2.00 Jean-Alexandre D'Etcheverry
Directeur
Service des affaires publiques et des relations gouvernementales
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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:

ÉTS is engaged in a discussion with the municipal level (City of Montreal) for various interventions:

Regarding the redevelopment of Peel Street :
- Integration of publicly accessible art in the neighborhood.
- Peel Street development:
- integration of a secured bike path bidirectionnelle into the neighbourhood
- Sidewalk expansion for pedestrian safety (City consideration for pedestrian protection) In 2018, ÉTS stated that they wanted to make the Notre Dame/Peel pedestrian crossing safer and keeps on advocating for this issue since then.

ÉTS first stated in 2018 that they wanted to improve the greening of the neighbourhood. ÉTS did its part by constructing and dedicating two parks in 2020 and 2021 to citizens. To that end, the city is expected to open three parks in the next few years (on the edge of campus). The School's Sustainability Team is involved in a biodiversity action plan aiming to increase biodiversity on campus and the surrounding neighborhood promoting the development of ecological corridors.

Various requests and actions have resulted from the collaboration between ÉTS and the Sud-Ouest borough in which the school's campus is located. For example, the ÉTS sustainable development subcommittee welcomed city representatives to present the Sud-Ouest's new local ecological transition action plan in order to target concrete actions to be taken jointly. ÉTS took advantage of this meeting to encourage this municipal authority to put forward regulations and public policies to accelerate the ecological transition.

ÉTS is engaged in a discussion with the municipal level (City of Montreal) for various interventions:
Concerning Pavillon F:
- integration of greening on the roof of the pavilion;
- integration of a historical reminder (history of the neighbourhood) on the campus;
- integration of art (three works);
- integration of community service (NPO) and community room (neighbourhood comm. org.).


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level:

ÉTS participated in a consultation aimed at redefining Quebec's national strategy of research and innovation, so as to position Quebec's research and innovation system in response to the sustainable development: the example of the circular economy.

Our recommendations proposed to : (1) Set aside 25% of the budgets managed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec to implement cross-sectoral research programs on major societal challenges; (2) Provide a $15 million accelerator fund over five years dedicated to research, valorization and university-business collaboration in the circular economy; and (3) Mobilize the Quebec players in the innovation financing chain (financial arms of the government, institutional funds, banks, cooperatives and venture capital firms) in order to set up a first fund to stimulate investments in structuring initiatives and projects in the circular economy.


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:

ÉTS submitted federal pre-budget recommendations asking for the development a national research program on sustainable development to ensure the economic and social health of future generations. ÉTS also participated in a broad federal consultation to assist the federal government in developing a vision of sustainable infrastructure that meets Canada's needs. The School's objective was to offer solutions for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining sustainable and resilient resilient infrastructure that meets the current and future needs of Canadians.

The Executive Director of ÉTS participated to a pre-budget consultation with various federal minister to advocate for more investment in green/sustainable technologies and ask for a national research program on sustainable development to ensure the economic and social health of future generations. This virtual roundtable was held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, during which our Executive Director met with Ministers Fortier (President of the Treasury Board) and Duclos (Minister of Health).

In addition, the ÉTS international relations department has had exchanges with the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) regarding the recognition of the skills of people trained outside of Quebec.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level:
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A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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