Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.20
Liaison Juanita Van Norman
Submission Date Aug. 5, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Manitoba
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Christie Nairn
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level:

City of Winnipeg Landfill Advisory Committee:
The University of Manitoba’s administration actively participates in the City of Winnipeg’s Landfill Advisory Committee supporting policies to reduce the impact of landfill activities on the environment and the community.
https://wwdengage.winnipeg.ca/future-of-brady/clc/

Fair Trade Winnipeg Committee:
Fair Trade Winnipeg is a collaborative, community-based steering committee that includes fair trade advocates from government, the private sector and civil society. In 2017, the City of Winnipeg was officially designated as Canada’s 25th Fair Trade Town due to the hard work of Fair Trade Winnipeg. To maintain this designation for years to come, the committee will continue to advance fair trade in partnership with the City of Winnipeg and building support through community awareness, involvement, and product availability. The University of Manitoba sits on the committee board, which consists of 11 individuals from broad backgrounds including Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Manitoba Council for International Cooperation.
http://fairtradewinnipeg.ca/
https://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/ViewPdf.asp?SectionId=493317


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level:

Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba:
The University of Manitoba’s administration actively participates in a standing committee that advances and advocates sustainable procurement practices and policies in the public sector. The University supports and endorses Manitoba’s provincial Climate and Green Plan Act and its guidelines and principles.
https://manitobasustainableprocurement.com/

Pediatric Health Advocacy:
The University of Manitoba administration supports and endorses social sustainability by actively participating in campaigns aiming to change public health and policy. The University advocates through discussions with provincial legislators in regards to the improvement of pediatric health.
https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/pediatrics/postgraduate/media/Health_Advocacy_Project.pdf


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level:

Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus:
UM administration, through the University’s Natural Resources Institute, actively participates in the national Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus (EPA). The EPA supports and endorses the regulations of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to advance sustainability in Canadian communities, and campaigns to improve environmental planning and assessment legislation.
https://www.rcen.ca/environmental-planning-and-assessment

Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada:
UM administration, together with the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, actively participates in campaigning to the Canadian government for social and legal policy change. The University supports and endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and advocates on UNDRIP rights and standards.
http://law.robsonhall.com/research/aboriginal-law-policy/

National Water Rights:
Lead faculty researchers representing UM participate in awareness campaigns directed at the Canadian federal government regarding the water rights of First Nation communities across the country including non-potable drinking water and hazardous wastewater disposal issues. The University supports the change of current public policies regarding the environmental and social injustices on traditional Indigenous lands.
https://chrr.info/projects/water-rights/


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level:

Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA):
UM administration actively participates in campaigns to advocate for public health policies in Kenya. UM has led discussions with the Government of Kenya for new health policies regarding HIV/AIDS research and prevention. The University endorses and supports legislation that advances sustainability in Kenya.
http://www.phdaf.org/about-phdaf/

Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT):
UM supports and advocates for the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust located in Karnataka, India. The University has led discussions with the Government of Karnataka to strengthen environmental and health legislation, ordinances and public policies in support of public health.
https://www.khpt.org/


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability advocacy efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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