Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Don Forster
Submission Date March 30, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Seneca College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Paula Echeveste
Sustainability Supervisor
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Technology

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

In this three-year advanced diploma program, you will build a career where urban and human needs meet to share the earth’s resources. You will focus on environmental technology, water resources and applied sciences. In your final two semesters, you will benefit from advanced computer modelling, water management and analytical courses. You will also develop problem-solving and communication skills needed to succeed in the environmental sector.

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools.
- Identify, select and use scientific concepts and models in the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and in the remediation of contaminated sites.
- Analyze water/soil/air samples in a manner that contributes to the resolution of environmental problems through the selection and application of relevant scientific and engineering principles.
- Participate in the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of environmental projects, following standard procedures.
- Promote and maintain sustainable practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management.
- Carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.
- Suggest strategies aimed at ensuring all tasks are completed in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.
- Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems.
- Provide ongoing support for project management.
- Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms.
- Develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technologist.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Technician

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

In this two-year diploma program, you will learn about environmental technology, water resources and applied sciences to gain the problem-solving skills needed for success in the environmental sector. As a graduate you will be training to work as an environmental technician within traditional and environmental engineering industries.

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Collect representative environmental samples and perform routine tests, using current and relevant tools.
- Use scientific concepts and models when contributing to the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and remediation of contaminated sites.
- Assist with analysis of water/soil/air samples and with the resolution of environmental problems through the application of scientific and engineering principles.
- Follow standard procedures for conducting environmental sampling projects including the use of appropriate equipment and materials.
- Promote and maintain sustainable practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management.
- Carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.
- Complete assigned tasks in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.
- Follow established protocols in support of environmental management systems.
- Provide ongoing support for project management.
- Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms.
- Develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technician.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainable Business Management

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

This eight-month graduate certificate program focuses on the long-term economic, environmental and social value of sustainable business strategy.

This program is designed to meet the growing needs of professionals who can propose, measure and evaluate sustainability initiatives. You will learn to develop and implement economically viable, lean business strategies for existing organizations or pursue entrepreneurship in sustainability.

You will learn to measure and reduce carbon footprints, recommend lean business strategies and integrate sustainability initiatives and strategies within several projects.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Project Management - Environmental

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Link projects with organization’s strategic plans, documenting the business needs and justifications for the project.
- Define and manage the overall scope of the project, documenting project goals, deliverables, constraints, performance criteria and resource requirements in consultation with project stakeholders.
- Develop a comprehensive project plan while applying principles of management for sustainability:
- Prepare effective plans for the approval of specialized profession specific practitioners.
- Integrate project functions, making trade-offs among competing objectives and alternatives in order to meet or exceed project objectives.
- Implement planning and control procedures, resource management, and risk management plans specifically related to the fields of environmental science and engineering.
- Employ a range of methodologies, techniques, and tools available to project managers including the use of foundational engineering and scientific principles applicable to analysis and solutions approach:
- Use mathematical and scientific analyses to identify and solve technical problems.
- Apply decision tree principles of logic to determine conclusions.
- Use principles of source-pathway-receptor model to identify potential areas of adverse impact, to define study sites and to select appropriate mitigative options.
- Select appropriate scientific and technical reference material.
- Relate physical and mathematical sciences to remediation and redevelopment work.
- Develop, implement, and analyze key financial information, translating financial information into project terms and establishing financial benchmarks.
- Identify, analyze, and refine project costs to produce a budget and control project costs.
- Determine quality requirements and implement quality assessment activities.
- Identify and allocate human resources required to manage project tasks, both within the core project team and the broader organization.
- Manage communications to ensure the timely and appropriate generation, collection, dissemination, storage and disposition of project information to aid in the achievement of project activities:
- Communicate information effectively and accurately by analysing, translating and producing relevant documents and reports, by written, oral and visual means.
- Interpret reports of technical specialists and make informed recommendations based on these reports.
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences appropriate to their context and needs.
- Identify potential risk events, monitor and control risk events, and assess risk management outcomes:
- Monitor adherence to occupational health and safety regulations.
- Identify procurement requirements, establish procurement processes, and implement and evaluate contracts.
- Monitor project progress, identify variances and take timely action to deal with problems and opportunities:
- Monitor the quality and quantity of work.
- Anticipate and respond to challenges inherent in complex projects.
- Develop creative and flexible solutions that bring projects in on time and within budget.
- Practice of professional ethics and responsibilities:
- Interact with team and stakeholders in a professional manner, respecting differences, to ensure a collaborative project management environment.
- Perform job related tasks in a manner consistent with those of professional associations and other relevant bodies related to the environmental field.
- Exhibit a strong sense of integrity and ethical awareness.
- Be cognizant of the expectations and limitations of technology in problem solving and the limitations of specific professional practices.
- Recognize personal limits and seek assistance in a timely manner to resolve problems beyond own knowledge and skill.
- Apply knowledge of existing confidentiality, privacy and reporting regulations to daily work.
- Advocate adherence to ethical principles and standards.
- Keep abreast of relevant technological change.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Non-Profit and Social Sector Management

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

This eight-month graduate certificate program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to lead and manage a non-profit organization towards sustainable growth. You will learn about program planning, development and evaluation, transparent and ethical corporate governance, and marketing and sales practices. You will explore the latest trends in fundraising, partnerships-building, and volunteer engagement.

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Summarize leadership approaches practiced in the nonprofit sector.
- Examine human resource management and nonprofit organizational structures.
- Conceptualize, plan and evaluate a project or program for public benefit.
- Apply the latest methods of measuring social impact and prepare accountability reports to stakeholders.
- Synthesize research and data using computer applications and management information systems for decision making in nonprofit sector management.
- Examine the financial requirements to be in compliance with internal and external accountability standards and analyze fund sourcing models.
- Analyze marketing strategies and design a marketing plan.
- Analyze the key components of strategic planning for innovation and sustainable growth.
- Apply leadership skills to enhance relationships with organizational stakeholders.
- Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
- Exemplify professional and ethical conduct.


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