Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.71
Liaison Sharmilla Raj
Submission Date May 6, 2024

STARS v2.2

Toronto Metropolitan University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

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Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:

Name of the campaign:
Climate Week

A brief description of the campaign:
The Sustainability Office and the Leadership Lab, along with several other TMU partners, are coming together to host the first Toronto Metropolitan University Climate Week from March 6 to 10, 2023.
The purpose of the week-long event is to bring together the campus community to raise awareness about climate action, on and off campus, and examine how we as a community can work towards strengthening TMU’s position as a leader in sustainability and climate action.
TMU is also home to a variety of innovative efforts to address climate change by faculty, students and alumni. Climate Week is an opportunity to showcase, share and collaborate on this work and generate dialogue on potential solutions.
We all have a role to play in reducing the impact of climate change - join us at this inaugural Climate Week to learn how you can take action.

Day 1 - The climate crisis and its impacts on local and global inequities - A panel discussion with faculty members, TMU alumna, as well as students from the TMU community.

Day 2 - Indigenous communities and the impacts of climate change - A panel discussion that discussed indigenous approaches to science/climate science, Indigenous resistance to energy infrastructure, and Indigenous Clean Energy/AKI Energy.

Day 3 - Climate policy - Policy/change-making 101 workshop for TMU students, alumni, and staff hosted by TMU's Leadership Lab.

Day 4 - Our campus - Workshop hosted by the Sustainability Office on calculating our campus’ carbon footprint, what’s included in our scope, the biggest contributors to our emissions and what we’re doing about it. Students get a chance to learn about Campus Climate Ecosystem, calculate their carbon footprint, as well as Best practices in other universities/successes.

Day 5 - Careers and employment in the climate economy - Careers fair partner with Future Skills and TMU Career Centre.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:
About 87 TMU students registered for the Climate Week Day 4 workshops, with more engagement throughout the week.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Plastic Free July

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Plastic pollution continues to impact our environment, waterways, ecosystems and wildlife and the TMU community is taking action! This July, the Sustainability Office invites you to participate in our annual Plastic-Free July campaign — a month-long commitment to re-evaluate our use of plastics and single-use packaging and reduce our day-to-day plastic consumption.
Plastic Free July is a global movement that aims to reduce or eliminate the use of single-use plastics. In Canada alone, 3 million tonnes of plastic are discarded annually and worldwide.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):
4,050 individual recipients opened the initial Plastic-Free July email.
84 people signed up after the first email and there were almost 100 by the end of the month, representing 36 departments or faculties. The social media campaign reached around 69600 accounts throughout.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:
Healthy Commute Week is an annual campaign that focuses on raising awareness on sustainable transportation methods including walking, wheeling, running, biking, taking the TTC or GO Transit, or using any other form of active or public transportation.

The Sustainability Office highlights different ways that TMU students, faculty and staff can make their commute more sustainable and healthy through our social media campaign on Twitter. We also run a social media contest where you can post a tweet using our hashtag showing us how they commute healthy to be entered in a draw to win one of two $20 Best Buy Gift Cards.

As part of our campaign, we host an Healthy Commute Education and Awareness Fair to raise awareness on sustainability and healthy transportation options. We gather a variety of innovative student and research groups focused on transportation, and host related activities.

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