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

STARS v2.2

Ecole de Technologie Superieure
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
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Sustainable office
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sustainable Development Action Plan 2020-2022 (SDAP):
Education:
Orientation 1: Support departments and faculty in the inclusion of key SD competencies in education.
Related actions
Action 1 (Flagship Action): Create a new program related to environmental engineering
Action 2: Ensure that course offerings consider the application of SD and social responsibility concepts in engineering in the critical path of a BAC student
Action 3: Create a theme day for faculty on integrating SD into teaching
Action 4: Create institutional incentives for the development of SD courses and/or content (e.g., provide faculty with a dedicated SD speaker budget for courses)
Action 5: Work closely with CIRODD to develop academic content and training
Action 6: Hire faculty with expertise in various sustainability applications

Orientation 2: Promote the integration and application of sustainable development concepts by students
Related actions
Action 7: Recreate an SD award for IEPs (like the former Building a Sustainable World with Engineering award)
Action 8: Encourage the integration of SD concepts in all IEPs
Action 9: Encourage the use of the campus as a living lab for internships and study projects
Action 10: Investigate the possibility of creating a free online SD course
Action 11: Conduct a survey on the needs of industry in SD applications in engineering
Action 12: Promote the availability of internships in SD applications in engineering

Research:
Orientation 3: Support and promote the expertise of ÉTS in SD
Related actions
Action 13 (flagship action): Create a pole of expertise related to climate change (modelling, reduction, adaptation, technologies, etc.)
Action 14: Make institutional funding available for SD research
Action 15: Develop an open access policy for research results
Action 16: Identify faculty and community members with specific expertise in environment and SD (step 1). Provide training to this interested cohort on speaking to the media (step 2). Identify opportunities for positioning and speaking out in the news and public debates that could be of use to the ÉTS (step 3).

Orientation 4: Promote interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity
Action 17: Encourage research involving researchers from other disciplines, organizations and institutions
Action 18: Collaborate closely with ICSRD to maximize research in SD operationalization
Action 19: Work in collaboration with field actors to promote transdisciplinarity

Orientation 5: Stimulate innovation in sustainable technologies
Related actions
Action 20: Promote the establishment of clean technology companies
Action 21: Promote the development of research in appropriate technologies (low tech), biomimicry, biosourced materials
eco-design, etc.

ÉTS Strategic Plan 2019-2022:
ENHANCE OUR TRAINING AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Promote faculty careers that are aligned with industry and focused on entrepreneurship.
Increase the emergence of spin-off companies.
Increase the supply of internships and develop entrepreneurship among graduate students.

CREATE AND NURTURE PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS TO HELP US, BOTH IN TERMS OF
AND RESEARCH TO HELP US MEET MAJOR SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Increase our presence with government authorities to take an active part in major societal and scientific debates.
Structure and intensify our commitment to sustainable development, particularly to meet the challenges of climate change.
Strengthen ties with our alumni and partners.
To be present and active within associative, scientific and industrial bodies.

PROVIDE LEADERSHIP IN TECHNOLOGICAL ECOSYSTEMS
Improve our performance and optimize our reach with major granting programs.
Build teams of researchers by initiating scientific and multidisciplinary research clusters with partners and collaborators beyond our walls.
Diversify our funding sources through proactive canvassing.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

2020-2022 Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP):
Communities:
Orientation 6: Design and green our spaces with inspiration from nature to maximize the well-being of occupants
Related Actions:
Action 22: Develop urban agriculture areas on campus.
Action 23: Conduct a study on the biodiversity present on campus and the possibilities of diversifying it
Action 24: Dedicate a minimum of 1% of the budget of any new construction or development project to interior and exterior greening
Action 25: Carry out a diagnosis of indoor and outdoor greening in order to deploy relevant greening actions
Action 26: Identify new ways to develop and maintain our grounds in an ecological manner

Orientation 7: Increase and diversify cultural and artistic interventions
Related actions:
Action 27 ""Flagship Action"" :
Equip ÉTS with an arts and culture integration policy and plan, including the following actions:
- Increase the quantity and diversity of artworks on campus
(e.g., murals, stairwell enhancement, creation of a community
community exhibition area available to community members, etc.).
community, etc.)
- Establishment of a participatory budget to improve the living environment
- Organize a tour of the works in our collection
- Encourage the creation of projects linking arts and technology
(e.g.: Bachelard tour)
- Continue the RDV Culturels events
Organize back-to-school shows, outdoor shows
special events, etc.
- Highlight the history of the neighbourhood through various interventions

Orientation 8: Mobilize the ÉTS community around our SD commitments
Related actions:
Action 28: Organize a general meeting on sustainable development with the ÉTS community in order to orient the next SD action plan
Action 29: Revitalize the living environment of student residences by organizing events and animating student life
Action 30: Develop a program of thematic activities related to SD
Action 31: Organize training on SD applications for all staff groups (e.g., strategic value of the SD approach, ecoresponsible events, responsible procurement, sustainable computing, etc.)

Orientation 9: Increase the impact of ÉTS in the community
Related actions:
Action 32: Diversify value-added partnerships with key SD players
Action 33: Collaborate with other universities on structuring and/or multidisciplinary projects to amplify our positive impact on the community
Action 34: Adapt the community engagement strategy to reflect our sustainability commitments and guide future community actions
Action 35: Organize volunteer days at a local organization (free up employees for this service)

Orientation 10: Manage our investments to support the achievement of SD goals
Related actions:
Action 36: Reduce investments in fossil fuels to zero
Action 37: Adopt a responsible investment policy

Orientation 11: Ensure the governance of sustainable development by promoting participatory governance methods
Related actions:
Action 38: Involve community members in the planning and implementation of the SD Action Plan actions
Action 39: Update the ÉTS SD Policy through the SD Sub-Committee
Action 40: Develop an SD communications plan

https://www.etsmtl.ca/docs/ets/gouvernance/documents/developpement-durable-plan-daction


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sustainable Development Action Plan 2020-2022 (SDAP):
Operations:
Orientation 12: Promote sustainable mobility
Related Actions
Action 41: Demonstrate the impact of electric or hybrid vehicles to evolve our fleet
Action 42: Adapt our parking lots to meet the needs of the community in terms of electric terminals and bicycle spaces
Action 43: Offer a free bike maintenance and repair workshop for a week in the spring with CRABE
Action 44: Pursue representation efforts with key players in sustainable mobility (e.g.: BIXI, REM, STM, boroughs, etc.)
Action 45: Analyze the need for a car-sharing service on campus
Action 46: Encourage a reduction in the need to travel to campus for work or study

Orientation 13: Supply, consume and dispose of in an ecoresponsible manner
Related actions
Action 47: Develop the responsible procurement component in the contract management policy (including IT, food, office supplies, equipment, promotional material, etc.)
Action 48: Help internal partners to make their activities and offers more environmentally responsible
Action 49: Help internal food service applicants make environmentally responsible choices
Action 50: Develop mechanisms to reuse surplus goods within our community (e.g.: resourcerie for furniture, computer equipment, student residence tenants, etc.)
Action 51: Support Tributerre and student organizations in organizing events that help improve our practices
Action 52: Develop a new campus-wide waste management plan
Action 53: Aim to obtain ICI On Recycle+ certification

Direction 14: Reduce our energy consumption and fight against climate change
Related actions
Action 54 (Flagship action): Develop and adopt an action plan towards carbon neutrality
Action 55: Produce a complete carbon footprint for the year 2018-2019
Action 56: Develop our own optional carbon offset mechanism to fund SD research
Action 57: Develop an implementation plan to achieve ISO 50 001 energy management certification
Action 58: Conduct a study to evaluate how to recover heat from the Quebec Computing Centre
Action 59: Implement new measures to improve our energy efficiency

Orientation 15: Ensure a sustainable built environment
Related actions
Action 60: Ensure that new buildings respect the best practices of sustainable building (evaluate the relevance of aiming for certifications such as WELL, LEED, etc.)
Action 61: Ensure that existing buildings are operated and maintained according to best practices (evaluate the relevance of pursuing certifications such as LEED O&M, etc.)


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

EDI Action Plan:
Our Commitment: In line with its 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, ÉTS wishes to become a place for the emergence of globally recognized research networks and niches. These objectives require the recruitment of high-level candidates with the potential to innovate and contribute to the development of research projects. Creativity and excellence being the primary qualities of teaching and research staff, ÉTS wishes to integrate into its academic activities anyone who has innovation at heart, and is committed to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all its activities. These values will be incorporated into the new strategic planning with greater strength.

ÉTS Development Fund Investment Policy:
- The purpose of the HETSDF is to ensure the maintenance of standards of excellence in higher education through the financial participation of Industry, the business community, the academic community, alumni, and the general public. It does this by building strategic alliances with these partners, while collecting contributions from these donors.
- This policy is intended to contribute to sound management and optimal return on funds. The objective with respect to investments is to protect capital and ensure optimal returns.
The objectives of this policy are to
- To determine the principles necessary for sound investment management;
- To establish the investment strategy;
- And to define the mandate of the Investment Committee.
SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT PRINCIPLE - No securities will be purchased from companies
from companies whose revenues are derived primarily from fossil fuels.

2019-2022 Strategic Plan:
Goal 2: Engage
Provide and promote a healthy, respectful and enjoyable living environment.
Empower all members of the community to express themselves and contribute meaningfully to their well-being at work; in this sense, encourage individual and collective involvement advocating diversity, inclusion and respect.
Work with all parties to maintain an inspiring work environment.
Promote and affirm the values of equity, diversity and inclusion, particularly to significantly increase the number of women in our academic programs.
Adopt best practices in sustainable development, including continuing to implement the thirteen recommendations from the Campus Development Consultation.

Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP):
Communities:
Orientation 6: Design and green our spaces with inspiration from nature to maximize occupant well-being.
Related actions:
Action 22: Develop urban agriculture areas on campus.
Action 23: Conduct a study on the biodiversity present on campus and the possibilities of diversifying it
Action 24: Dedicate a minimum of 1% of the budget of any new construction or development project to interior and exterior greening
Action 25: Carry out a diagnosis of indoor and outdoor greening in order to deploy relevant greening actions
Action 26: Identify new ways to develop and maintain our grounds in an ecological manner

https://www.etsmtl.ca/docs/recherche/soutien-aux-chercheurs/equite-diversite-et-inclusion-recherche-ets/documents/plan-action-edi


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Major theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

The formal statement in support of sustainability is present throughout our «Politique de développement durable». The latest version of the document is added to the credit's «Additional documentation to support the submission» or accessible here : https://www.etsmtl.ca/docs/ets/gouvernance/secretariat-general/cadre-reglementaire/documents/Politique-developpement-durable


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

"Sustainable development" (SD): Sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development is based on a long-term vision that takes into account the inseparable nature of the environmental, social and economic dimensions of development activities.
Moreover, following the example of the City of Montreal and the international movement led by the organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), ÉTS recognizes that culture is the fourth sphere of sustainable development, along with society, the economy and the environment.


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
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord 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:

Race to Zero Universities and colleges signatories (september 2019): a global initiative for a Zero Carbon World
Pledge > Pledge at head-of-organization level to reach (net) zero GHGs as soon as possible, and by mid-century at the latest, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5C. Set an interim target to achieve in the next decade, which reflects maximum effort towards or beyond a fair share of the 50% global reduction in CO2 by 2030 identified in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C.
Plan > Within 12 months of joining explain what actions will be taken toward achieving both interim and longer-term pledges, especially in the short-to-medium term. You have one year after you sign to set your action plan.
Proceed > Take immediate action toward achieving (net) zero, consistent with delivering interim targets specified. You have one year after you sign to set your targets.
Publish > Commit to report publicly both progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually. You have one year after you sign to develop your annual report.

https://www.educationracetozero.org/home


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Link to our 2020-2022 Sustainable Development Action Plan (Plan d'action en développement durable 2020-2022 in french):
https://www.etsmtl.ca/docs/ets/gouvernance/documents/developpement-durable-plan-daction

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