Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.26
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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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):

Canada Green Building Council and AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).

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):

Ontario College and University Sustainability Practitioners (OCUSP), Ontario Association of Physical Plant Administrators (OAPPA), Council of Environmental Health and Safety Officers (CEHSO), Ontario University Environmental Networking Group, and Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO).

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

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

National Water Vision for Canada - In November 2018, Ryerson Urban Water partnered with Simon Fraser University’s Pacific Water Research Centre to host a water symposium at the 2018 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa.

Salt in Urbanized Water Sheds - Ryerson Urban Water & Ryerson Facilities Management and Development (FMD) have partnered with WWF-Canada to create a more winter sustainable campus through the road salt reduction project. This project was well communicated to partners and the broader community via the communication strategy put into place. RUW hosted more than 8 outreach events between November 2018 and August 2019. These events have engaged more than 150 students, 125 researchers and potential collaborators, and 100 members of the public. RUW has also reached almost 42,000 users through tweets pertaining to this project. The goals of the project were: To evaluate the effectiveness of using anti-icing for reducing road salt usage on the Ryerson University campus, and to promote road salt reduction to the public, private commercial property owners, water professionals, and policy/ decision-makers. https://www.ryerson.ca/water/research/salt_project/

The Urban Water Symposium - From Amsterdam to Toronto was a one day event, held on January 20th, 2020, that was held in collaboration between Ryerson Urban Water and Wageningen University from The Netherlands. It was aimed to share research and future developments in the areas of water quality, use and demand, management and governance, and technical measures from Amsterdam to Toronto. This symposium was the genesis of the FUNky water research project between Ryerson Urban Water and Wagengen University.The Symposium Program featured 4 thematic sessions with ample time for audience participation in the following areas:
1. Ecological, biological, and chemical water quality characterization and issues
2. Water use and demand of surface water, storm water, ground water, and wastewater
3. Urban Water management and governance
4. Water treatment technologies, reuse and recovery, green infrastructure

Speakers hailed from Ryerson, University of Toronto, Wageningen University, Ministry of Environment, Parks and Conservation, City of Toronto, Toronto Water, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Dillon Consulting, Cambium Aboriginal.

The Place Conference 2019 offered a collaborative space for students to engage with influential academics and professionals regarding today’s emerging urban planning issues. The aim is to encourage planners and geographers from different provinces to gather together and learn from one another. One of the areas of focus was sustainability. Sustainable planning can improve the welfare of people and their communities, shaping their urban areas and neighborhoods into healthier, more efficient spaces. For more information go here: https://www.ryerson.ca/fcs-news-events/events/2019/10/place-conference-2019/

Ryerson University sponsored the Canadian Sustainability 2020 Conference which took place virtually on April 30, 2020. For more information see here: https://sustainabilityconference.ca/

Ryerson University’s Sustainable Engineers Association jointly hosted the Sustainable Engineers Association’s annual sustainability conference on January 26, 2019. See here: https://seauoft.ca/event/conference/

Ryerson’s Corporate Social Responsibility Institute has hosted many workshops and conferences including: Sustainability Reporting and Communication - Understanding the Evolving Landscape, Climate Crisis - Corporate Boards on the Hotseat, and Ryerson CSR Institute Session: Unpacking Sustainability Reporting - from Production through Use.

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):

Ryerson submitted to AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) for the 2019 AASHE Sustainability Award but was not successful.

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):

Jenn McArthur, Director Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Greater Toronto Leadership Board.

Cheryl Atkinson, Ontario Association of Architects, SBEC (Sustainable Built Environment) Committee.

Sutama Ghosh, Co-chair of the "Diversity, Migration, Ethnicity and Race Study Group/Groupe de recherche sur la diversité, la migration, l'ethnicité et la race" within the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG).

Vera Straka, Member of Professional Engineers Ontario, Co-Chair of Equity and Diversity Committee.

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:

We are active on both Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP) and Ontario Association of Physical Plant Administrators (OAPPA), networks to share best practices.

OCUSP is a group of sustainability professionals affiliated with colleges and universities in Ontario. The group is dedicated to providing opportunities to network with sustainability professionals, share ideas and best practices between like-minded institutions, monitor environmental performance of institutions and advocate for a collective action and policy positions for sustainability related issues in post secondary education in Ontario.

OAPPA is a group of members whose objective is to promote cooperation among Physical Plant Departments of Institutions of the Provincially assisted Universities of Ontario, and other groups, on matters relating to staff development, planning, construction, operations and maintenance of facilities.

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:

We often collaborate with the University of Toronto to host Sustainability conferences such as the Sustainable Engineers Association’s 2020 Conference.

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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