Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00
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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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Through the Bay Area Climate Change Office (BACCO), Mohawk advocates for sustainability and climate change action at the municipal level. BACCO is a partnership between the Cities of Hamilton, Burlington, and the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk, working to accelerate climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives in our region. Through this partnership, Mohawk is actively helping the Cities of Burlington and Hamilton take action on their climate change plans –specifically on supporting building retrofits, sustainable transportation, and the protection of agricultural lands.

Two Mohawk Sustainability staff members have served in 2016, 2017, and 2018 on the City of Hamilton Food Advisory Committee, advising City Council on food security issues, and advised City Staff on policies related to food waste, plastic water bottles at recreation centres, and the development of food literacy programs in the City of Hamilton.

The Manager of Sustainability also sits on Clean Air Hamilton, a municipal committee committed to improving air quality in Hamilton through science-based evidence and advocacy.


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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

In 2018, Mohawk College participated in submitting comments on the proposed Ontario Organic and Waste Framework to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.These comments were collboratively provided through the Ontario College and University Professionals Network (OCUSP). The Ontario Organic and Waste Framework was created by the government in response to the Waste Free Ontario Act (2016).

https://www.ontario.ca/page/strategy-waste-free-ontario-building-circular-economy
https://www.ontario.ca/page/food-and-organic-waste-framework#section-0

Additionally, Mohawk Sustainability has worked with the Ontario Provincial government to help shape the final pillar of the Local Food Act, which sets aspirational goals to support local and sustainable food systems in Ontario. The summary of the consultation with the Minister is available here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/localfoodpsgoal.htm


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
No

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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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, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:
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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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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