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Liaison Herbert Sinnock
Submission Date April 20, 2015
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Sheridan College (Ontario)
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Michelle McCollum
Associate Vice President
Capital Development and Facilities Management
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes No
Research (or other scholarship) Yes No
Campus Engagement Yes No
Public Engagement No
+ Date Revised: May 11, 2015
No
Air and Climate Yes Yes
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food No No
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds No No
Purchasing No No
Transportation No No
Waste Yes Yes
Water No
+ Date Revised: May 11, 2015
No
Diversity and Affordability No
+ Date Revised: May 11, 2015
No
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

Sheridan’s Integrated Energy Climate and Master Plan (IECMP) defines Sheridan’s plan to advance sustainability in the curriculum as follows:
The energy systems and energy management processes will be a “living laboratory” for a full range of sustainability, energy, and climate academic and professional development programs. These will be consistently recognized as among the best few in their class in the world.
(3.7.7 IECMP)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Office for Sustainability, Facilities Management, Finance & Administration, Purchasing, and many more.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):

As part of Sheridan’s transformation into Sheridan University, the institution is adopting an approach to embed creativity into all facets of the curriculum. Equally important is the focus on innovation, in which students will be accorded even more opportunities to collaborate with Sheridan faculty and external practitioners on solution-focused, applied research projects that are directly relevant to their chosen fields.
(3.6 IECMP)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):

Office for Sustainability, Facilities Management, Finance & Administration, Purchasing, and many more.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

Sheridan College will have a pervading, visible and unquestioned commitment to excellence in energy and climate performance. Faculty, staff and students will be well informed and engaged.
To ensure these investments deliver their full potential for years to come, the Plan also underlines the importance of engaging the entire college population - students, staff and faculty – in energy and climate management on a continuing basis.
(3.7.4 IECMP)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Office for Sustainability, Facilities Management, Finance & Administration, Purchasing, and many more.


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:

The success of the Mississauga revitalization project is being used as the model for the “Trafalgar Corridor” changes. Trafalgar corridor revitalization has been proposed at both the regional level and municipal level in Halton/Oakville. Sheridan, with more than 0.4 km of frontage on to Trafalgar Road, is working in a collaborative way to bring transit into the college as well as expand the commercial/cultural activities on this vital arterial road within Halton Region/Town of Oakville. (Sheridan Strategic Mandate Agreement)

Sheridan’s recent partnership with Enersource starts with a 100,000 donation form the company in order to help ensure that graduates of Sheridan’s energy-related programs have a greater understanding of the business of electrical power and sustainable energy practices. Future potential projects that Enersource may participate in with Sheridan students include: energy storage systems for peak usage reduction; distributed generation technologies with renewable energy sources; energy management systems; micro-grid of distributed generation; electric vehicle/bicycle charging stations; micro turbines; and, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation on campus.

http://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/news/enersource-supports-higher-education-at-sheridan.aspx


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):

Andre Plante - Associate Vice President Corporate Planning


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:

By 2020, the College will emit at least 60% less energy-related greenhouse gas emissions from both on-site stationary sources (Scope 1) and purchased electricity (Scope 2).
(3.7.2 IECMP)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):

By 2020, the College will emit at least 60% less energy-related greenhouse gas emissions from both on-site stationary sources (Scope 1) and purchased electricity (Scope 2).
(3.7.2 IECMP)


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):

Herbert Sinnock - Manager, Sustainable Energy Systems


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

The IECMP master plan also outlines plans for growth and defines policies, principles and guidelines that improve energy efficiency to current and future building systems, monitoring and control.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

The Davis Applied Engineering Center (DAEC) is a demonstration of Sheridan's commitment to sustainability in all its facets. To be consistent with the Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan, the DAEC will meet the environmental and functional performance requirements of LEED Gold standards for its overall siting, design and construction and energy performance that exceed LEED Gold.

Operations at the DAEC will be launched with a documented and fully implemented waste program that achieves 80% diversion of waste headed for landfill when compared to the 2010 Sheridan baseline for the existing STC in Oakville. This program will include 100% separation and on-site processing of organics and better than 90% recycle or reuse of material from academic programs.

As new campuses and major buildings are added, these will exceed LEED Gold Standards, aligning instead with German A-rated levels. Any RFP should specify energy end-use to meet a 12-month-average, specific end-use energy performance index (in typical operation for a typical year) between 70 ekWh/m2 - 100 ekWh/m2.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Herbert Sinnock - Manager, Sustainable Energy Systems
Chad Mansell - Manager, Facilities Services – Projects


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

By 2020, the source energy use of the College will be at least 50% less than the Base Case. Source energy includes all energy used on the College, plus the additional energy used to generate and distribute electricity purchased from the grid.
(3.7.1 IECMP)

The energy systems of Sheridan College will be a platform to evaluate and demonstrate new efficient, low-carbon technologies and energy waste management technologies.
The institution recognized the importance of looking at energy more strategically, and authorized the development of an Integrated Energy & Climate Master Plan (IECMP or Plan) looking forward to 2030. Sheridan’s Integrated Energy & Climate Master Plan was developed over 16 months by a Team which included operational staff, faculty members and students, mentored by a partner with global reach and expertise.

Opportunities to significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions directly correlate to the College’s ability not only to contain costs, but also to maximize taxpayer dollars, whether they are provincial operating funds or federal grants and contracts supporting its applied research efforts.
(3.7.6 IECMP)


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

Use at least 65% less energy over the 2010 baseline. This objective would be possible through the implementation of the following:

Ensure energy supply reliability
The Development of the DAEC building in the Davis campus also entails the construction of an integrated central heating and cooling plant. This plant will be ready by the first quarter of 2016 and will provide heat to all of Davis campus. It will employ pressurised heated water to feed all the buildings on campus and will allow better control of heating of individual buildings.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Herbert Sinnock - Manager, Sustainable Energy Systems


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

The Zero Waste Sheridan Plan will help guide the College to becoming a Zero Waste campus by 2020. Zero Waste bins (landfill, organics, and single stream recycling) have now been rolled out to all 4 locations. Since the Zero Waste plan and targets are part of Mission Zero, the details are included in the IECMP.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

Zero Waste Sheridan has the following targets:
- Reduce its waste to landfill by 50% in 2014 and 75% by 2015 (against 2013 figures)
- Capture 20 tons of material for reuse in the school and in the community in 2014 and 30 tons in 2015
- Achieve a waste diversion rate of 65% by 2014 and 85% by 2015
- Separate and process 100% of its organics by 2014 (on-site by the end of 2016)
- Reduce its paper usage by 10 million sheets by 2014
- Eliminate 500 tons of carbon emissions annually by 2014 and 750 tons by 2015
- Introduce the Zero Waste program to all Sheridan campuses


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Wai Chu Cheng - Sustainability Coordinator


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

Water use will be indirectly affected by more efficient heating and cooling of buildings. The new plans will be executed in 2015 in both the Davis and the Trafalgar campuses.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Herbert Sinnock - Manager, Sustainable Energy Systems


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

Sheridan is committed to providing an inclusive working and learning environment in which diverse members can succeed. Beginning in 2015 Sheridan is moving forward in the area of diversity planning. Facilitated sessions will be held during the spring of 2015. Sessions will include: understanding and identifying Sheridan’s diversity/equity/inclusion needs and priorities, assessing gaps and readiness at Sheridan in order to undertake diversity planning, and informing the next steps for the college, including the function and composition of a Sheridan Diversity Council.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Lynn Rutherford - Director, Centre for Respectful and Healthy Workplaces


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

The People Plan is Sheridan's plan to become the "Employer of Choice." As part of this initiative, the following benefits are being reviewed:

Provide PD opportunities
Arrange team building opportunities
Maintain a higher ratio of full-time versus part-time staff within all employee groups
Offer subsidized tuition to children and spouses of staff
Allow staff option for shorter summer work shifts
Provide opportunities to telecommute
Provide updated staff lounges
Puddle tables available to staff
More televisions available
Introduce “play” area for socializing
Designated quiet space for staff
Introduce wellness initiatives
Offer free athletic memberships
Encourage social opportunities – golf, baseball, etc.
Day care at reduced cost to staff
Lower rate parking
More learning workshops at all campuses
Provide BYOL (lunch) workshops
Activities such as book clubs, group excursions, etc.
Arts and crafts day or evening class in arts
Volunteer Days paid to allow staff to give back
Increase PD funding
Provide staff with mentors, career planning, etc., to assist promotions
Cash bonus incentives for staff who make academic accomplishments
Subsidized meal plans at a cafeteria with health conscious options
Employee referral bonus
Matching RRSP contributions in addition to pension funds
Provide health benefit options beyond retirement
Offer staff coverage for fertility treatments
Top up maternity leave of 100% for over 17 weeks

http://journey.sheridancollege.ca/?p=teamspage_people_plan


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

See items listed above.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Amanda Pike - Director, Organizational & People Development


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

N/A


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Investment plan(s):

N/A


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:

As Sheridan College begins its transformation into a university, sustainability will be an integral factor in the Sheridan College community and practice.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):

N/A


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the other plan(s):

N/A


The institution’s definition of sustainability:

As outlined in the Sustainability Policy, Sheridan's definition of sustainability is as follows:
Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable practice requires finding balance between economic, social and environmental priorities.

Sheridan College commits to the ongoing pursuit of alignment with these four sustainability Principles from the Natural Step:

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing concentrations of substances extracted from the earth’s crust. This means substituting our use of certain minerals that are scarce in nature with others that are more abundant, using all mined materials efficiently, and systematically reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing concentrations of substances produced by society. This means systematically substituting certain persistent and unnatural compounds with ones that are normally abundant or break down more easily in nature, and using all substances produced by society efficiently.

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing degradation by physical means. This means drawing resources only from well-managed eco-systems, systematically pursuing the most productive and efficient use of resources and land, and exercising caution in all kinds of modifications of nature, such as overharvesting and the introduction of invasive species.

In a sustainable society, people are not subject to conditions that systematically undermine their capacity to meet their needs. This means offering products and services and changing practices, suppliers, and business models to those who demonstrate, through their policies and practices that human rights are respected, income-making barriers are removed, safe and healthy work environments are provided, and living conditions allow local communities to meet the needs of citizens.


Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:
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