Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.46
Liaison Brandon Raco
Submission Date Sept. 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Guelph
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:

The President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability serves as a key resource to the president and the campus community.

The objectives of the Committee are to:

- Advise and collaborate with the president on the creation a Sustainability Framework
- Ensure that the Framework includes: goals, targets, priorities and metrics that build a strong, sustainable foundation for the institution
- Develop issue-specific working groups to create, monitor, evaluate and report back on outcomes of the Framework
- Act as a resource to the president and senior leadership team on emerging sustainability initiatives

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

All members will serve a two-year term, with the opportunity to renew for a second two-year period.

Dr Charlotte Yates - President and Vice-Chancellor (Chair of the Committee)

Rumina Dalla, Faculty (Lang School of Business and Economics)
Rafael Santos, Faculty (College of Engineering and Physical Sciences)
Shoshanna Jacobs, Faculty (College of Biological Sciences)

Taylor Paradis, undergraduate student (College of Social and Applied Human Sciences)
Graeme Reed, graduate student (Ontario Agricultural College)

Harry Bakker, Associate Vice President (Physical Resources)
Carly Blyth, Analyst (Alumni Affairs and Development)
Melissa Horan, Wellness@Work Coordinator (Human Resources)
Audrey Jamal, Chief of Staff (Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor)
Lori Kimball, Associate Vice President (Finance and Risk)
Karen Menard, Assistant Vice President (Institutional Analysis and Research)
Don O’Leary, Vice President (Finance, Administration and Risk)
Saveena Patera, Business Analyst (Computing and Communication Services)
Ed Townsley, Executive Director (Hospitality Services)
Brandon Raco, Sustainability Manager (Physical Resources)

Mayor Cam Guthrie, (City of Guelph)

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:

The Sustainability Office is a department under Physical Resources. Their mission is to advance sustainability at the University of Guelph.

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:
Brandon Raco, Manager Sustainability, Natalie Vasilivetsky, Coordinator, Sustainability

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:

The Sustainability Office is responsible for advancing sustainability at the University of Guelph. The Sustainability Office coordinates programs, projects and initiatives that are institution-wide.

For example, the Sustainability Office applies to grant and funding opportunities for sustainability initiatives. In 2018, in partnership with Campus Parking Services, the Sustainability Office was successful in receiving $187,500 grant from the Province of Ontario, Workplace Electric Vehicle Incentive Program. This grant, allowed Campus Parking Services to install 25 Electric Vehicle Chargers.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Coordinator, Sustainability

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Reporting to the Manager, Environmental Sustainability, the Coordinator, Environmental Sustainability’s mandate is to advance the University of Guelph’s efforts to become a recognized leader in campus environmental sustainability. She/he will develop campus-wide environmental sustainability programs, focusing on contributing to the university’s sustainability goals; furthering the social media presence by promoting the efforts in the Environmental Sustainability Office, all while changing user behaviours on campus and reducing diversion costs. Guided by the President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, the incumbent will work with the Manager, Environmental towards achieving targeted STARS rating.

The incumbent is responsible for the day to day coordination of environmental sustainability programs. She/he will collect and organize sustainability performance metrics as per the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) and other statistical tracking and analysis as required. She/he will supervise and coordinate teams of student volunteers and student employees required to operate environmental sustainability programming. She/he is the internal representative for Physical Resources inquiries in the area of campus environmental sustainability programs, and will act as the University representative when dealing with external collaborators such as the City of Guelph, the Guelph Organic Farm and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The incumbent will contribute to and coordinate experiential learning projects, answering Physical Resources related inquiries with respect to the environmental sustainability aspects of the programming. She/he will work collaboratively with the Central Student Association (CSA), Graduate Student Association (GSA) and other campus community organizations on environmental sustainability related programs. She/he will support the Manager, Environmental Sustainability on projects, initiatives and committees both internal and external to the University.

The scope of this position includes: Policy and Standard Operating Procedure development, Operations, Reporting, and Experiential Learning.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Communications & Engagement

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

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

Through a multi-pronged approach, the incumbent will play a lead role in the social and digital marketing campaigns, while acting as a liaison at the digital level. They will analyze data and metrics and use that information to develop strategic responses to current campaigns, and for the development of future content, strategies and campaigns;
Engage with users, provide information-based content, initiate social media campaigns relevant to Sustainability Initiatives;
Work within established campus relationships, and assist in transforming the connectivity between the Sustainability Office, its target market, and other university departments, utilizing social media as a form of communication;
Support on-campus entrepreneurial activities through the assistance with planning, coordination, and logistics of Sustainability events and activities, connecting with guest speakers and mentors, following up and collecting information on participants and attendees of event

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Manager, Environmental Sustainability

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

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

The Manager, Environmental Sustainability mandate is to advance U of G's efforts to become a recognized leader in environmental sustainability. They will work collaboratively with the Associate Vice-President, Physical Resources and the Chief of Staff to the President on the creation of a Sustainability Framework. The Sustainability Framework will provide goals, targets, priorities and metrics that positions the University as a leader in institutional sustainability while fostering an organizational culture of stewarding valued resources.

The Manager provides strategic planning and guidance to Physical Resources senior leadership team and provides support to the Chief of Staff to the President. He/she provides reports to the University Board of Governors and University committees when required.

Working with the Chief of Staff to the President and Physical Resources, Associate Vice-President, the Manager will benchmark the University’s sustainability performance against other institutions in the post-secondary sector.

The Manager will advise Physical Resources on developing and implementing programs, policies and communication strategies informed by the goals, targets, priorities and metrics that result from the Presidents Advisory Committee on Sustainability.

The Manager is responsible for the management of the Sustainability Department staff and provides leadership to students, volunteers, community partnerships and various committees. He/she must be able to develop and coordinate teams of working professionals, including academic users, administrative units and external stakeholders (e.g. city officials) to develop sustainability programs and initiatives.

The scope of this position is extensive, including strategic planning, operations, experiential learning, policy development, and community relations. The Manager, Environmental Sustainability is the subject matter expert on matters pertaining to institutional sustainability at the University of Guelph.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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