Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.27
Liaison Leanne Shewchuk
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Manitoba
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Leanne Shewchuk
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The University of Manitoba has a Sustainability Advisory Committee currently chaired by Kristina Hunter of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. The committee meets ten times per year and advises the Vice President Administration and Vice President Academic on sustainability-related directions and activities. Membership includes the University's Sustainability Director, two representatives from the University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU), one representative from the Graduate Students Association (GSA), four appointed faculty members and four appointed administrative members. Administrative support is provided to the Committee by the Office of Sustainability.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Student Representation:
Anna Weier - UMSU – UMCycle Manager
Wilferd Sam-King – UMSU – Vice-President External
Allison Balasko - HSGSA - President
Skye Kushner – GSA – Vice-President External

Faculty:
Kristina Hunter - Environment, Earth, and Resources – Senior Instructor (Co-Chair)
John Sinclair – Natural Resources Institute – Professor (Co-Chair)
David VanVliet - City Planning – Associate Professor
Frank Deer – Education – Assistant Professor and Director of Indigenous Initiatives

Administrative members:
Steve Cumpsty - Physical Plant – Director of Operations and Maintenance
Jonathan Hildebrand - Campus Planning Office – Campus Planner
Monique Whitehill – IT Procurement – Manager of IT Supplies and Services
Susan Taylor - International Office - Director


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability acts as a champion for sustainability efforts in university, regional, national and global affairs through collaboration with students, faculty, staff, local community, and partners across higher education.
The office is an engagement hub for the University community, facilitating sustainability learning and practice and working as a catalyst for change, it provides planning and decision-making support, and the office ensures accountability and transparency.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Leanne Shewchuk, MNRM, LEED AP

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The director of the Office of Sustainability leads, lends support, manages and coordinates the functions of the Office of Sustainability including consultation with governing and other University offices, academic departments, and students, staff and faculty for University sustainable development plans and accumulation of data for STARS and other reporting processes.

Since its inception in 2013, the Office of Sustainability has played a key role in developing and accomplishing many sustainability related plans. Recently, the Office of Sustainability has created a Transportation Strategy to help guide improvements of sustainable transportation. The Office has also successfully implemented a bike parking strategy that includes new bike racks and bike lockers, initiated a Living Lab program, Green Office program, and Residence Advisor Training Program, and progressed University Childcare forward. There are many more initiatives in the pipeline for the Office of Sustainability including completion of the Biodiversity and Rain/Storm Water studies.


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