Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Mark Kirkpatrick
Submission Date July 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Loyalist College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Becky MacWhirter
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum --- ---
Research (or other scholarship) --- ---
Campus Engagement No
+ Date Revised: Aug. 10, 2015
No
+ Date Revised: Aug. 10, 2015
Public Engagement No
+ Date Revised: Aug. 10, 2015
No
+ Date Revised: Aug. 10, 2015
Air and Climate No No
Buildings No No
Dining Services/Food --- ---
Energy Yes No
Grounds No No
Purchasing No No
Transportation No No
Waste Yes No
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability No No
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

The plan aims to enhance campus engagement by increasing earned and emerging media coverage of the College’s sustainability initiatives as well as boosting sustainability content on the Loyalist College website. The plan includes goals for blog and social media posts, coverage in print and online news articles, as well as presence at external events, trade shows and conferences.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

The plan include targets and timelines that pertain to the frequency of sustainability postings on social media and resulting engagement (e.g. number of comments), the number of sustainability news releases picked up by print and online sources, and the College’s participation in sustainability-related conferences and award nomination processes.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Marketing & Communications


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

The plan aims to enhance public engagement by increasing earned and emerging media coverage of the College’s sustainability initiatives as well as boosting sustainability content on the Loyalist College website. The plan includes goals for blog and social media posts, coverage in print and online news articles, as well as presence at external events, trade shows and conferences. Sustainability has also been added as a recurring feature of the College's alumni magazine - Lasting Connections.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

The plan include targets and timelines that pertain to the frequency of sustainability postings on social media and resulting engagement (e.g. number of comments), the number of sustainability news releases picked up by print and online sources, and the College’s participation in sustainability-related conferences and award nomination processes.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Marketing & Communications


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

Loyalist College completed an Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan in 2014. It was developed collaboratively by Loyalist College staff to guide the development of specific action items that will help us:
• Better understand the College’s current energy footprint;
• Educate the campus community (students, staff and faculty) about the role they play and seek their involvement and ideas;
• Develop energy-related strategies, policies and procedures; and
• Plan for energy cost containment.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

The Plan calls for the establishment of a formal energy committee or working group responsible for conducting a benchmarking exercise and lifecycle cost analysis and using its results to develop SMART goals by the end of Q4 2014. Furthermore, additional action items will be developed and existing ones updated as appropriate based on results of an energy audit performed in May 2014 (results were not yet available at the time of developing the plan). The plan outlines 44 action items under the following categories: management and organizational, behavioural, and technical.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

The Plan calls for the establishment of a formal energy committee or working group with broad representation across the College as well as oversight by the Sustainability Steering Committee.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

As per Ministry requirements, a Waste Reduction Work Plan was developed in 2013 that includes specific action items to reduce, reuse and recycle waste for a variety of waste categories. It also includes responsible parties, a timetable for completion, and an estimate of the amount of material that would be diverted if the action items are implemented.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Facilities Services


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

For several years, Loyalist College has had in place a full-time Mind & Wellness Practitioner to promote health and wellbeing on campus, with a focus on mental health. In addition, the College has two full time mental health counselors for students that offer mental health counseling and support, and help students define their goals, tap into their own strengths and build opportunities for positive change. They can also refer students to additional or specialized community resources when needed to support a student’s wellness. Students are able to access both Counseling and Mind & Wellness Services for free.
The plan includes the following elements:
• Information to help students forge connections between social experiences and academic success
• Information on safe substance/alcohol use, healthy relationships, gender and sexualized violence
• Health and wellness promotion including Health Awareness Markets
• Organizing and facilitating events such as Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying), Defeat Depression, etc.
• Teaching students stress management and relaxation techniques (e.g. Therapy Dogs, free student yoga, etc.).

The College also has an Employee Assistance Program which offers employees free access to confidential, professional counseling.

Accessibility is also key to the health and well-being of the College community and Loyalist has created a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan to ensure full and equal participation of people with disabilities at the College. The plan is found here: http://www.loyalistcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/LoyalistCollegeMulti-YearAccessibilityPlan-FinalV1.pdf


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

With respect to one-on-one work, the Mind & Wellness Practitioner and the campus mental health counselors track how many students access their services, for what purpose, who/what students are referred to, what support they are provided and how many times they meet with them. With regard to strategy, the department uses student evaluations to assess program performance and refine it as necessary. For workshops and campus-wide initiatives, students are asked to complete evaluations which provide information on their effectiveness, usefulness, and relevance for students. Changes are then made based on student feedback.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Mind & Wellness Practitioner with support from Counseling, Student Success Mentors, the Aboriginal Resource Centre, the Accessibility Centre, Campus Recreation, Residence staff, Loyalist faculties, the local health unit, the Quinte Therapy Dogs, and more.

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan: Loyalist College AODA Advisory Committee and the Loyalist College AODA, Accessibility Working Group


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Loyalist College follows the three-pillar approach to sustainability: economic, environmental and socio-cultural. We recognize that we live in a world with environmental limits and we all must take action to live within them. At Loyalist, the College community can work together to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and prevent harm to our local environment. Through education, we can learn about what makes a healthy, vibrant and inclusive community and the role we play in shaping it. We believe that individual efforts really do make a difference and the legacy we leave behind is up to us.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

“Sustainability and Capacity-Building” is one of 3 strategic directions outlined in Loyalist’s 2009-2014 Strategic Plan. The Plan states: "We are committed to the prudent and creative management of our human, economic and environmental resources ensuring that learners today and tomorrow receive the optimal benefit from all possible resources."

The 2020 Plan was not yet approved at the time of submitting this report; however, the draft Plan commits the College to "Continue to develop and apply responsible solutions with respect to all College programs, operations and facilities through the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated Sustainability Plan."


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:

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