Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.01
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Humber College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Lindsay Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Canada Green Building Council
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)
American Public Gardens Association (has a sustainability focus)
Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Colleges & Institutes Canada
Ontario College and University Sustainability Practitioners (OCUSP)
Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter
Association of Energy Engineers
Ontario Colleges Facilities Management Association (OCFMA)

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

[2019-03-28] – CaGBC AtoZ Summit in Toronto – Presentation on Nx Building.

[2019-05-20] – CaGBC Building Lasting Change Conference in Vancouver – Presentation on Nx Building

[2019-06-13] – CaGBC Post Secondary Summit at Mohawk College in Hamilton – Presentation on Humber’s building optimization work

[2019-06-19] – Danish District Energy Alliance Campus Energy Conference in Toronto – Presentation on upcoming district energy project.

[2019-09-30] - Build Green Atlantic Conference Presentation on Nx Building

[2020-05-13] - CaGBC Toronto Spring Open – Presentation on Nx Building

[2022-06-08] - International District Energy Association Conference – Presentation on Humber’s Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) and upcoming district energy project

2020: Centering Equity Within Sustainability Offices, Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

2021: Creating Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities for Students, Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN) 2022 Connection Conference [Virtual] CICan 2022 Connection Hybrid Conference – Navigating Anew (collegesinstitutes.ca)

Planting Seeds of Sustainability in Early Childhood Education and Pathway Programs, Humber College by Jennifer Ball, Lynn Short and Louise Simanya

[Sept 2022] Optimizing High Performance Building Design with a focus on the Passive House Standard, South West College Conference in Northern Ireland

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Humber submitted to Canada's Greenest Employer 2022 Awards and was chosen as one of Canada's Greenest Employers 2022. https://humber.ca/today/media-releases/humber-college-named-one-canadas-greenest-employers

Humber College participated in social media outreach during Fair Trade Campus Week 2020 and was awarded the Fair Trade Campus All-Star for a second time by Fairtrade Canada and the CFTN.

In May 2021, the Barrett CTI Building was submitted as a case study for the CaGBC Ontario Green Building Award.

In 2022, CaGBC award submission for Humber College as a Green Building Pioneer

Team of students in Humber College Supply Chain Management program placed first in Humber’s Map the System Challenge with their presentation of “The Sand Crisis: The Mining of Riverine and Floodplain Sands within India” . Map the System is a global competition run by Oxford University that tasks students with addressing global issues by first studying them to gain a deeper understanding of the problem and its broader context, which is a process known as systems thinking. Following the Humber win, Humber students went on to compete in the Canadian finals of Map the System. They finished in the top six and received the People’s Choice Award. It is Humber third year taking this challenge

In the summer of 2021, three students from the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts filmed the GARDENS documentary which highlights the mission, objectives and vision of the Garden Pods Project. The documentary was entered in the World Food Forum Festival and was named a finalist at the World Food Forum Film Festival where over 289 films were submitted to the film festival and only 30 films were selected. Watch the full documentary here.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Lindsay Walker, Tessa Soltendieck, Gabi Hentschke - Ontario College Director of Membership, Ontario College and University Sustainability Practitioners (OCUSP)
Shonah Chalmers - Vice Chair, Worldchefs Sustainability and Feed the Planet Committee
Aman Hehar, Spencer Woods- Ontario Colleges Facility Management Association Sub-Committee on Energy
Aman Hehar, Spencer Woods - Ontario Association of Physical Plant Administrators (OAPPA) Sub-Committee on Energy
Aman Hehar, Spencer Woods - Ontario Colleges Facilities Management Association (OCFMA)

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Humber has a close relationship with Lambton and Seneca College. From 2019-2020 Humber College’s Associate Director of Sustainability met regularly with staff from Seneca to share knowledge of office management capabilities, co-led the creation of waste management hauling contracts and provided information critical to recruiting sustainability processionals, including jobs and job descriptions, as well as lessons learned from Humber’s Geothermal projects.

The Associate Director of Sustainability also met with staff from Lambton College as they saught guidance on how establish their own Office of Sustainability. Humber offered knoweldge on sustainability operations and best practices, sustainability staff job descriptions, and general strategic direction.

Humber also provided mentoring to University of Toronto (UofT). A Master’s Student at UofT reached out to the Humber’s Associate Director of Energy, Climate Change and the Assocaite Director of Sustainability to ask for their help in Deep Energy/Carbon Retrofits. Humber facilitated knowledge-sharing approaches on Humber’s deep retrofit best practices based on its own integrated Energy Master Plan and Sustainability Plan.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

We have a close relationship with most of the Ontario Colleges. We often collaborate on energy efficiency with Sheridan College and on various things with Mohawk College. In the previous year, the majority of the collaboration has been related to energy efficiency planning and resources.

Post-Secondary Climate Challenge is a member and data driven program within which Humber participates which brings together post-secondary schools to collaborate and achieve deep reductions in energy use, utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The program engages member institutions through comparative energy use data, workshops and cohort projects which help members plan and meet their environmental goals.

Humber also participates in the city of Toronto’s Green Will Initiative which is a city program that seeks to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in Toronto. Our participation in the Green Will Initiative reflects the Toronto’s commitment to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the building sector.

This link explores the larger HSPP that was established in 2018: http://humber.ca/today/media-releases/new-humber-seneca-polytechnic-partnership-announced

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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