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

STARS v2.2

Toronto Metropolitan University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education 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).

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education 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 higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
Toronto Metropolitan University’s Sustainable Engineers Association (SEA) jointly hosted the Sustainable Engineers Association’s annual sustainability conference with Sustainable Engineers Association (SEA) University of Toronto. The 2023 theme was Back to the Future of Sustainable Urban Development. For more information, click on the link below: https://www.engineering.utoronto.ca/event/uoft-x-tmu-sea-back-to-the-future-of-sustainable-urban-development/

Urban Water TMU plays a leadership role in the Ontario Water Consortium’s Water Centres Committee. The Committee includes 8 universities: University of Western, Guelph, Laurier, Waterloo, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, and Lambton College, and Urban Water TMU is the Chair. On Nov 12-15th, 2023, Urban Water co-lead a session entitled “Ontario’s Water Nexus: Bridging Academia, Enterprise, and Municipalities” at the Canadian Water and Wastewater Conference in Niagara Falls.For more information, click the link below: https://www.torontomu.ca/water/urban-water-management---governance/outreach/urban-water-tmu-at-the-national-water-and-wastewater-conference-/

The UN Water Conference 2023 took place at UN Headquarters in New York City on March 22-24, 2023. The UN Conference was the first of its kind in 50 years and brought together 7000 delegates from around the world. Participating countries presented their position on water in relation to health, sustainable development, climate, the environment, cooperation, and SDG 6: Water and Sanitation for All. The Conference brought together non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, and philanthropic organizations to further action on these important issues. Urban Water TMU sent a delegation which included: Patricia Hania, Angela Murphy, Fatih Sekercioglu, David Atkinson, Roxana Suehring, Kim Gilbride, Rania Hamza, and Claire Oswald. For more information, click the link below: https://www.torontomu.ca/water/urban-water-management---governance/outreach/the-un-water-conference-and-urban-water-tmu-s-commitment-to-sdg-/

The CAWQ annual symposium on water quality is a highly anticipated event for researchers, industry experts, and policymakers from around Canada. This year, the 58th Annual Central Canada Water Quality Research Symposium was held at York University from March 20-21, 2023, and drew a wide range of attendees with a strong interest in the state of water quality in urban and off-grid environments. Urban Water TMU researchers, Rania Hamza and Elsayed Elbeshbishy were among the co-organizers for the event and moderated a number of the sessions during the symposium. For more information, click the link below: https://www.torontomu.ca/water/events/2023/03/urban-water-attends-58th-annual-cawq-symposium/

The Centre for Urban Energy at Toronto Metropolitan University is hosting the Clean Energy Expo, scheduled for April 04, 2024. Get ready to talk about renewable energy, sustainability, and innovation at the Centre of Urban Energy's (CUE) in-person event. CUE brings together industry leaders, experts, and the Clean Energy Zone Start-ups to showcase their projects. For more information, click the link below: https://www.torontomu.ca/cue/news-events/events/2024/04/clean-energy-expo/

TMU hosted the Conference on Sustainability in Engineering (CSE|CDDI) in February 2024. The Conference On Sustainability in Engineering (CSE) is a three day national conference that brings over 200 engineering students from 43 academic institutions together to engage in hands-on learning about sustainability in engineering and their daily lives. Hosted at a different university each year, students are introduced to sustainability initiatives from across Canada and empowered to implement their learning in their own communities. CSE provides passionate students with the opportunity to network and learn from their peers, industry professionals, and academics through hands-on workshops, technical talks, and social events. This year [2023] the conference focused on the idea of The Essential Engineer. This term, created by author Henry Petrovski, centers around the idea that science alone will not solve our most complex global issues. CSE aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of engineering and technology, while encompassing the broader context that recognizes the social, economic, and colonial factors contributing to environmental degradation and climate change. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore this idea further by reflecting on their own interactions with such forces both in their professional and personal experiences. It will make tangible connections to the engineering industry and allow attendees to learn how to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices and perspectives into their future careers. For more information, click the link below: https://www.linkedin.com/events/cse-cddi7128234215598395394/

TMU hosted 2023’s WEDO Canada Summit, designed to to empower individuals to discover their inner strength and resilience. The 2023 Summit’s theme, “Building Emotional and Mental Toughness in the Journey to Success”, is designed to empower and inspire individuals on their path to entrepreneurship. For more information, click the link below: https://womeninrenewableenergy.ca/energy-conferences/wedo-canada-summit-toronto

TMU’s Corporate Social Responsibility Institute has hosted many workshops and conferences including: Reflections on the effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights by Dante Pesce, The Mining Association of Canada's Towards Sustainable Mining Initiative: in conversation with Mining Association of Canada Vice President Ben Chalmers. For more information, click the link below: https://www.torontomu.ca/csrinstitute/events/2024/02/ungp-implementation-dante-pesce/

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Has the institution had employees or students 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 employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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