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

STARS v2.2

Toronto Metropolitan University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
Toronto Metropolitan University’s (TMU) new Strategic Vision 2030 states that being champions of sustainability is one of five values of the institution. The Climate Change and Sustainability Advisory Committee (the “Committee”) seeks to support this vision by creating a forum for students, faculty, and administration to inform and advance climate action and sustainability efforts on campus. The Committee will provide input and recommendations to the Executive Group on initiatives, programs and practices with a view to, among other things, increase TMU’s leadership role in integrating sustainability across the institution and within the communities served; decarbonize TMU’s campus; and institutionalize a sustainability culture amongst the campus community. We also have sub-committees to target more unit-specific goal setting.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
Saeed Zolfaghari - VP, Administration and Operations
Sharmilla Raj - Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Office (FMD)
Animesh Roy - Energy Manager, Sustainability Office (FMD)
Mark Dettweiler - ED, Campus Development
Johannes Dyring - AVP, OVPRI
Voula Cocolakis - AVP, UBS
Glenda Mallon - AVP, FMD
Jen McMillen - VP, Students
Joanne Dallaire - Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Cory Searcy - Vice-Provost & Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
Jenn McArthur - Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Kevin Jae - Research Associate, Diversity Institute
Bryan Koivisto - Graduate Program Director, Environmental Applied Science and Management Program
Christopher Gore - Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration
Cheryl Teelucksingh - Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Marium Mazhar - Student member 1 (undergrad) - leads TMSU sustainability committee
Jasmine Fakhim - Student member 2 (undergrad) - BOG member/student rep
Anna Zsamboki - Director, Treasury & Investing Services

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:
Toronto Metropolitan University's Sustainability Office is committed to advancing sustainability on campus and within our community. We pursue opportunities to embed sustainability across all areas of the institution. Through projects that span operations, education and community partnerships, the goal of the office is to create a culture where sustainability is integrated into university life.

There are three full time staff and four part-time students who are employed in the Sustainability Office.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Stephanie MacPhee, Sustainability Manager. Sharmilla Raj, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator. Animesh Roy, Facilities Energy Engineer.

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:
TMU’s Sustainability Office pursues opportunities to improve the sustainability of our campus, embracing the contributions of our entire community and serving as a catalyst for broader transformation.

Some accomplishments of the Sustainability Office within the previous three years include:

Four Stream Waste Receptacles: In 2019, TMU began the phasing in of new four stream waste receptacles which is part of our sustainability team’s campus-wide upgrade plan. Previously TMU relied on a three-stream waste system which separated waste destined to landfill, mixed paper, and bottles and cans. The new four-stream bins add an organics stream. This will reduce contamination between streams and decrease the amount of organics in landfill. The new receptacles feature updated signage to guide proper waste disposal.

Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan: In 2019, the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan was led by the Energy Engineer who sits in the Sustainability Office in Coordination with Facilities Management and Development (FMD) in response to continued growth in campus energy demands and the university’s need for affordable, reliable supply of energy. The plan serves to help guide Ryerson’s efforts to reduce campus energy consumption, operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Sub-metering project: In 2018 and 2019, FMD installed sub-meters for each building in order to more accurately measure the energy consumption of each building. By individualizing this process rather than combining data from multiple buildings, our department can now make data-informed decisions by building rather than generalizing. This information will enable effective decision making when it comes to developing future energy conservation initiatives and targets, as well as identifying unusual energy consumption of individuals buildings more quickly.

Road Salt Reduction: In 2018/2019, Ryerson Urban Water (RUW) and FMD partnered with WWF-Canada on a project to reduce the university’s use of road salt in the winter.
- Groundskeeping staff created a liquid brine solution (a mixture of salt and water) and applied the spray solution to de-ice 20 locations on campus in anticipation of snowfalls and freezing rain. The Sustainability Office was engaged in the planning process and took responsibility for ordering materials, mixing and storing the anti-icing solution, maintaining equipment and applying the solution.
- Treating the Ryerson campus as a living lab, Dr. Oswald from Ryerson Urban Water and her team analyzed the data collected by FMD staff to study the safety, cost effectiveness and environmental impact of the liquid de-icer. The project demonstrated that the use of the brine solution reduced the salt applied to campus walkways and stairwells by 25% to 30% on average: a reduction of more than 6 tonnes of salt. It is noteworthy that with this new process in place, there were no increases in liability or complaints from community members in the 2019 winter.
- Salinization of groundwater and surface water pose risks to human and aquatic health. The project demonstrated that it’s possible to radically reduce the amount of salt used on roads and walkways without compromising safety on campus.
- The goals of the project were to evaluate the effectiveness of using anti-icing solutions in order to reduce the need for road salt on the Ryerson campus; and to promote road salt reduction to the public, private commercial property owners, water professionals and policy-and decision makers.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Manager

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Role is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the TMU Sustainability Office. This includes the development of institutional sustainability and climate action plans and strategies, setting targets and goals, implementing tactics/actions. The Manager is the primary representative and expert for internal and external relations in the area of institutional sustainability.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Role supports the development and implementation of the Sustainability Office engagement strategy that a) help build a culture of sustainability on campus, b) encourage high impact resource conservation behaviours, and c) support implementation of university sustainability plans and policies.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Energy Manager

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Role involves monitoring energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of all campus buildings at Ryerson. Role also involves identifying energy efficiency opportunities, quantifying energy and operational cost benefits, and working in conjunction with the Project Management Office to ensure successful completion of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives on campus.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
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