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

Mohawk College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Sustainability Initiatives Fee (SIF) Committee is a result of the 2014 SIF Agreement in which MOHAWK COLLEGE and the MOHAWK STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (MSA) agreed to the implementation of a Sustainability Initiatives Fee to provide all students of the College with knowledge and skills focused on the advancement of sustainability initiatives; and, that the adoption of sustainable initiatives, principles and practices into the College’s daily operations will continue to enable the College to provide a positive educational and working environment for all students and staff, while remaining a leader in sustainability among other post-secondary institutions; ad, for which a sustainable initiative is defined as a special project, research opportunity, service trial or infrastructure upgrade which will enhance the sustainability of the MSA and the College. The SIF Committee is a model of cooperation between the MSA and Mohawk College for which both parties are committed to in order to support the advancement of sustainability, connected to an enhanced student experience at Mohawk College.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Members: Alan Griffiths, Execuetive Director of the MSA (Staff)
Kate Flynn, Manager of Campus Sustainabiltiy and Climate Change (Staff)
Kayla LaChance, Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator (Staff)
Andrew Pidsany, President of the MSA (Student Government)
Evan DiValentino, Dean of Media and Communications (Staff/Faculty)
Henry Colyn, Director of Facility Services (Staff)
Tien Nyguen, Vice President (Student Government)
Katie Burrows, Directior, Office of the President (Staff)
Sandi Stride, Executive Director of the Centre for Climate Chnage Management (Staff)
Spencer Stewart, Vice President (Student Government)


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Office (CSCC) is a small by mighty office with three full-time staff. In 2011, the CSCC developed the Mohawk College Environmental Management Plan (EMP) which is the leading policy document for achieving sustainability at Mohawk College. In 2016, the CSCC updated the document to become the EMP 2.0. This document reaffirms Mohawk's committement to reducing its impact on the environment and ensure social and financial resiliency while providing opportunities to engage staff, students and the community in an ever growing culture of sustainability. The CSCC team at Mohawk College is educatign and engaging students on climate change, sustainability, conservation, waste management and net zero energy. Together we lead more than 30 initiatives centered on transportation, energy, waste management, conversation and local food.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kate Flynn, Manager of Campus Sustainability and Climate Change; Kayla LaChance, Sustainability Programs and Service Coordinator; Allison Maxted, Campus Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Office has done so much over the past three years.

EMP 2.0 (2016)
Zero Carbon Amassador Program launched mid-2018
Bee Apriary on campus - 6 healthy hives happily living on campus since summer 2018

Awards
Sustainable Design Award
2017 Innovation in Sustainability Award (CAGBC)
2018 Sustainable Project of the Year, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
2018 Environmental Sustainability Award, Alectra Energy Evolultion Summit
2018 Engineering Project of the Year, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Local Food Champion (Nov 2017)
Canada's Greenest Employer (2016, 2017, 2018 all three years)

The Centre for Climate Change Management was launched at Mohawk College in 2017

Stoney Creek - Sustainable Resource Centre was created as a living lab for students in trade programs to test our new technology.

Climate Change Management for Business Micro-Course created for students and employees.

Expansion of Fennell Orchard in early 2017

Solar Carport was installed late 2018

Installed 8 EV Charging Stations for 16 spots.

Sustainable Hamilton Burlington Member

WWF Community Grant for Pollinator Garden was given to Mohawk College to build the H wing pollinator garden. (https://www.mohawknewsdesk.ca/mohawks-fennell-campus-becomes-a-paradise-for-pollinators-thanks-to-the-wwf/)

City School Sprouts Program Launched (https://www.thespec.com/news-story/6504705-students-nurture-growth-one-seed-at-a-time/)

Coffee Cup Recycling Program Pilot was launch in 2017.
HSR Transit Terminal Opens (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/headlines/hsr-opens-new-transit-terminal-at-mohawk-college-1.3508853)

25% reduction of baseline GHG emissions since 2007

Launched Pop-a-ride, a ride sharing program for Mohawk students.

Sustainable Landscape Plan was created in 2016.

Local Food Project was launched and and completed to bring more local food to campuses.

Sustainability Leadership Workshop

A Local Food Conference was held in Toronto for stakeholders from the public sector to learn about local food procurement.

Outdoor Exercise Equipment was installed for the community and students to use on the Fennell Path.

Local Food Procurement Course created for Continuing Education.

Partnership with WWF to launch the Living Planet @ Campus https://campus.wwf.ca/

LED A wing and E wing retrofits

SIF Idea Bank Campaign where we had over 3068 conversations, 12 student volunteers, 2873 visits to the website and 534 ideas submitted in 2018. Visit www.sif.mohawkcollege.ca to learn more.

Community Plaza - A parking lot was torn down to create this student outdoor study and event space. Includes a sustainable water feature and compliments the transit hub.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Manager of Campus Sustainability and Climate Change

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Kate is responsible for the direction and management of the Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Office and Mohawk Sustainability brand.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Kayla assists with the ongoing implementation of the Mohawk College Environmental Management Plan 2.0 and development and implementation of the Sustainability Office programs and services. She works to support student programs related student research and capstone projects and liaise with community organizations to further connect the College and its students with the local sustainability movement.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Campus Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Allison works to create awareness of sustainability programs and services and establishes a culture of sustainability on campus. She develops and implements educational materials, communications and outreach activities for students, staff and community members.


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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