Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

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

Green Economy Canada
Colleges and Universities Sustainability Professionals (CUSP)

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

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

(Regional) Ontario Colleges and University Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP)
(Local) Sustainable Hamilton Burlington

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

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

Every year OCUSP hosts an AGM where Ontario College and University campuses come together to discuss success and challenges from their organizations on certain sustainability topics. This includes new legislation, curriculum, waste management, sustainability planning, energy and climate and carbon management. http://ontariosustain.blogspot.ca/p/about-osca.html

The Campus Carbon Management Initiative (CCMI) presented at the Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals Annual General Meeting in May 2018. The purpose of the presentation was to provide a review of the initiative for Sustainability Professionals and update Ontario Colleges on feedback regarding the motivators and barriers of climate action based on College feedback. Additionally, a facilitated discussion was conducted for further feedback and to ensure the resources and supports developed are relevant for the College sector.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

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

Canada's Greenest Employers 2018. is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership. This award grew out of two remarkable speeches given by Al Gore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at our annual conferences in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Prior to 2009, this award was called "Canada's Most Earth-Friendly Employers".

Mohawk College has taken impressive steps to ensure greater use of alternative transit, oferring discounted transit passes for students, a bicycle loan program, support for carpoolers and an oncampus car sharing service. In addition to adopting LEED building standards for new construction, Mohawk College boasts a number of creative features across the campus from community gardens and rooftop pollinator garden, to water bottle filling stations to accompany a disposable water bottle ban and a unique "Waste Management Zone" in one cafeteria, which features recycling stations and proper place to wash reusable mugs, containers and cutlery. Established in 2011, Mohawk College's Environmental Management Plan committed the College to a 20% carbon reduction target below the 2007 baseline by the year 2020 -- the College exceeded this target 8 years ahead of schedule and through the updated "Environmental Management Plan 2.0", established a revised goal of a 30% reduction below 2007 levels. https://content.eluta.ca/top-employer-mohawk-college#green

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty 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):

Bay Area Climate Change Summit
The Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College hosted a Bay Area Climate Change Summit for the Hamilton and Burlington community. With the help of Mohawk Sustainability, the event location guest speakers, theme topics and promotional materials were coordinated.

The Manager, Campus Sustainability and Climate Change sits on the Hamilton Food Advisory Committee and Clean Air Hamilton Committee. http://cleanairhamilton.ca/

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:

Local Food Project
Increasing Local Food Procurement at Ontario’s 24 Colleges is a multi-stakeholder project led by Mohawk College in partnership with the Greenbelt Fund and the Government of Ontario. The project aims to develop a scalable and transferable local food procurement framework for all 24 Ontario colleges. For the project, Mohawk College acted as a mentor to other Ontario Colleges in engaging food services with sustainable procurement best practices. https://www.oncollegefood.com/about

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

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

Campus Carbon Management Initiative
Led by Mohawk College under the umbrella of the Centre for Climate Change Management, the Campus Carbon Management Initiative (CCMI) acts as a catalyst to support Ontario colleges in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With input from Ontario colleges, Mohawk College has embarked on the development of a digital toolkit specifically designed for college campuses to help accelerate GHG reductions and ensure their sustainability success.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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