Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 82.53
Liaison Pierre Lemay
Submission Date Dec. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Universite Laval
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Pierre Lemay
Development Advisor
Office of the Vice Rector, External and International Affairs and Health
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Université Laval has included sustainability at a high level in the institution’s strategic plan. In addition to demonstrate the institution’s commitment to sustainability, adding sustainability at a high level help to establish a common vision, structure decision-making and infuse a social responsibility throughout the campus community.

Within its strategic plan, Université Laval has divided the concept of sustainable development into ten major categories of action. These guidelines, inspired by the University’s sustainable development policy, provide a structured overarching vision and a cohesive framework for decision making and foster a better understanding of sustainability challenges.
1. Education
2. Research and creation
3. Governance, responsible management, and economic viability
4. Fighting climate change
5. Sustainable transportation
6. Responsible purchasing and consumption
7. Sustainable infrastructure
8. Healthy lifestyle habits
9. Social involvement
10. Culture, living environment, and global awareness

This third sustainable action plan (2015-2018) is a continuation of our past efforts and the result of broad consultation with managers of various units to identify courses of action consistent with their mission.

The pursuit goals are:
- Incorporating sustainable development into operations, in line with each unit’s role within the University
- Getting faculties and units to participate more
- Informing each sector how they can contribute to the sustainable development approach

For each of these categories of actions, measurable goals and objectives are set, which helps the institution to track its progress and manage the levels of resources required to the attainment of its sustainability goals.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Number of courses in sustainable development.

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Percentage of research chairs, institutes, centres, and groups recognized in connection with sustainability policy.

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Number of participants to the Cleaning woodlands activity and Eco-responsible Christmas market.

Published online : https://www.ulaval.ca/developpement-durable/implication/activites-dd.html


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Percentage of members of the University community involved in a social cause.

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Net tons of direct GHG emissions (in equivalent tons of CO2).

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Rate of building dilapidation.

The Service des immeubles (Buildings department) compiles the data, but does not publish them.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Energy consumption in Gj/m2.

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : The Office of the Vice Rector, Administration and Finance compiles data on Food and Dining, but does not publish them for now. For the moment, the Office keeps an inventory of the bottles of water sold on campus, vegetarian menus sold and service points that offer fair trade coffee. It also measures the percentage of food services that are committed to meet sustainable development requirements issued by the institution. These performance indicators are expected to be refined over the next few years.

Added note: For the moment, we do not have enough data to fill up STARS criteria OP-7.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Percentage of campus land which is green space and woodlands.

Published in Annual Sustainable Development Report (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/Rapports_annuels/Rapport-DD-2014-2015-EN.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Percentage of goods and services purchased with sustainability criteria taken into account

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Proportion of annual parking pass sold as compared to the full time student and employee equivalent (FTE).

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Amount of waste generated in kg/FTE

Published in Annual Sustainable Development Report (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/Rapports_annuels/Rapport-DD-2014-2015-EN.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Quantity of water consumed (m3/FTE)

Published in Annual Sustainable Development Report (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/Rapports_annuels/Rapport-DD-2014-2015-EN.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : Number of foreign students.

Published in Université Laval’s Annual report.
(http://www2.ulaval.ca/notre-universite/salle-de-presse/information-institutionnelle/rapports-annuels.html)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Measurable objective : General degree of student satisfaction with their University experience (based on NSSE and CGPSS surveys)

Published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

- Economic viability: Balanced budget.

- Healthy lifestyle habits: Number of individuals whose awareness is heightened through Mon Équilibre UL activities

Both published in 2015-2018 Sustainable Development Action Plan (https://www.ulaval.ca/fileadmin/developpement_durable/documents/PlanActionDD/PlanTriennal-DD-2015-2018-Anglais.pdf)


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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