Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.88
Liaison Shirley Fagnen
Submission Date June 3, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Shirley Fagnen
Sustainable Development Advisor
Sustainable Development Office
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

"Polysphere" is Polytechnique's environmentally focused student association. They offer services and raise student awareness through publications in the students' newspaper, rental of washable dishes for events, fair trade coffee tasting activities, organization of events such as the annual "Douzaine durable" (twelve days focusing on Sustainable Development), etc.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
No

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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
No

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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Since 2017, the Sustainability Office, the Polytechnique student societies (both undergraduate and graduate student societies) share a sustainable fund (Fonds pour des initiatives durables). A portion of the tax on disposable cups is used to finance this fund.
Every fall, a call for projects is launched. The fund grants about $15000 annually to subsidize various kinds of projects.


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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

- The Sustainability Office organizes many events (conferences, panels, Repair Cafés etc...)

-Every year since 2014, the Trottier Institute for Energy (http://www.polymtl.ca/iet/) organises a free symposium. This symposium is co-organised with the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design from McGill University (http://www.mcgill.ca/tised/home).

-There is also the "Douzaine durable" (twelve days focused on Sustainable Development) every year in March, since 2016, where conferences are organized. The "Douzaine durable" is co-organized between Polytechnique Montréal, HEC Montréal and Université de Montréal.

-The Chemical Engineering Department holds an open seminar every Friday afternoon which regularly features sustainability-related topics. The list of past seminars is available here: http://www.polymtl.ca/gch/événements-et-activités/les-séminaires-découvertes-du-vendredi/archives


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
No

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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
No

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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Every year, PolyCarbone, a non-profit organisation run by students from Polytechnique whose mission is to change individual behavior at Polytechnique and reduce GHG emissions, holds a thematic campains. In 2018, it was about food waste. They organized courses on how to cook food scraps, and seminars. In 2019, the campaign is about sustainable clothing and fashion.


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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

At Polytechnique, students can be employed as official Sustainability ambassadors (for Poly-TRI activites for instance). Poly-TRI is the official waste management program at Polytechnique. The ambassadors help raise awareness among the community through campaigns and activities.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the graduation pledges:

At the end of their undergraduate engineering studies, students are invited to pledge at the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. This ritual, aslo known as the Iron Ring Ceremony, "was instituted with the simple end of directing newly qualified Canadian engineers toward a consciousness of their profession and its social significance, and indicating to more experienced engineers their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting the newer engineers when they are ready to enter the profession".


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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

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