Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.11
Liaison Jean-Michel Champagne
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2021

STARS v2.2

HEC Montréal
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jean-Michel Champagne
Sustainable Development Officer
Infrastructure - Sustainability Office
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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:

The School is taking part in a working group with neighbouring institutions who own property within or in proximity to the 200-hectare Mount Royal Park that is aimed at promoting common practices to ensure the conservation of this urban ecosystem’s biodiversity. As part of this group, HEC Montreal will advocate ensuring support from the municipality for undertaking common sustainable initiatives.
Moreover, the Secretary General/SD Director is also part of a consulting committee formed by the city of Montréal to plan and promote the development of the eastern part of the city. This participation will allow HEC Montreal to support elected official decision-making in their choice of investment and priorities to enhance social development in an area with multiple social (poverty, social inclusion of immigrants, higher COVID-19 occurrence, housing crisis) and environmental (public transportation)
The office of sustainable development is also engaged with multiple para-public municipal organization to plan and promote the post-covid Montréal’s downtown redevelopment. By working with Destination Centre-Ville, the school wants to be a key partner in the design phase and create a bridge with the local community (resident and business) in anticipation with the opening in fall 2022 of HEC’s new building.


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:

HEC's expertise is often sought by provincial policy-makers on many subjects, including sustainability. For example, HEC's Chaire de gestion du secteur de l'énergie has been collaborating with Transition Énergétique Québec during the recent provincial consultation on the Plan de transition énergétique 2018-2023. The plan set ambitious targets for Québec's green house gas emission for the next 5 years based on scientific guidance.
Other examples include the participation of the school into consultation regarding environmental legislation at a provincial level. In 2019, HEC Montréal Infrastructure office strongly collaborated with the Québec Minister of Environment to review and correct its legislation on halocarbon management. By sharing its knowledge and expertise, the school ensured that the modified legislation will have an optimal positive environmental impact without disrupting the real estate industry.


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:

HEC Montréal is sharing its expertise in circular economy and energy management by participating in national initiatives with BOMA Canada to improve sustainability and circular procurement in building operation. For example, in 2020, HEC Montréal collaborated to the redaction of a new national guideline on circular procurement for building owner and manager, that could benefit to both the university, commercial, public and industrial sector. This guide was created by a multi-stakeholder group from the public sector (ex. Provincial recycling council), university, and public sectors.


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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