Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.04
Liaison Laura Nessman
Submission Date May 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Selkirk College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 4.00 Laura Nessman
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Management
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Selkirk College's new strategic plan (2019-2024) includes sustainability at a high level. Environmental Sustainability has been noted as one of the College's five fundamental commitments, alongside Reconciliation, Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation, and Health and Wellness. Within the strategic plan, Selkirk states its commitment to implementing practices that promote a healthy natural environment and climate change mitigation in teaching practices, administration, programming, facilities and operations, funding allocations and applied research priorities. The College's commitment to developing and supporting college-wide and regional solutions to environmental remediation, cleaner transportation, lowered emissions, and waste reduction is also included.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Plan/State of the Environment Report
- Reduce stationary CO2 emissions by 10% for 2010 and 33% for 2020

Strategic Plan 2019-2024
- Further reduce the college's carbon emissions and invest in new approaches and technologies to model and contribute to climate change mitigation


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Plan/State of the Environment Report
- Reduce energy demand 10% by 2010 and 33% by 2020
- Create policy that ensures energy conservation is a key priority in all new facility upgrades


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Plan/State of the Environment Report
- Reduce the area of lawn requiring watering by 20% by creating native plant gardens and xeriscaping.
- Complete an endangered species survey of the College owned lands for species that may occur on the Conservation Data Centre.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Plan/State of the Environment Report
- Re-draft purchasing policy to include wording regarding environmental product line purchasing


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Plan/State of the Environment Report
- Reduce van fleet usage 10% by 2010 and 33% by 2020
- Reduce commercial airline travel 10% by 2010 and 33% by 2020
- Reduce business travel 10% by 2010 and 33% by 2020
- Phase out existing van fleet with low emissions vehicles where and when possible


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Plan/State of the Environment Report
- Increase recycling awareness and availability by: Creating a uniform look and feel for recycling centres at all campuses and increasing the presence of recycling centres in hallways and classrooms at all campuses.

Strategic Plan 2019-2024
- Further reduce the college's waste production


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Sustainability Plan/State of the Environment Report
- Install water metering at all campuses where not present already
- Reduce the area of lawn requiring watering by 20% by creating native plant gardens and xeriscaping.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Strategic Plan 2019-2024 -- Diversity and Inclusion is one of the five fundamental commitments
- Improve recruitment, retention, completion and related supports for all students and student facing barriers to access, including: Indigenous learners, international learners, learners with disabilities, elder learners and others.
- Develop improved plans and approaches to supporting Indigenization, diversity and including in employee recruitment, career development, and leadership development


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Strategic Plan 2019-2024
- Enhance student health and wellness programming and supports


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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