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

STARS v2.2

University of Manitoba
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Christie Nairn
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 Sustainability Committee was created to provide guidance, expertise and advice on sustainability at the University of Manitoba, by being a voice for students, staff and faculty. The Committee has 12 members representing the interests of students, faculty, and administration across all UM campuses. In addition, there is a Bannatyne sub-Sustainability Committee that examines initiatives and implementation specific to that campus. For both groups, meetings are held once a month or at the call of the chair.

Responsibilities of the committee include:
- Provide advice to both the Vice-President (Academic) and the Vice-President (Administration) on sustainability direction, plans and reports
- Develop and maintain the UM Sustainability Strategy on sustainability identifying recommended sustainability goals, initiatives, actions and target dates to support the Sustainability Policy
- Assist the Office of Sustainability to educate the University community and to communicate and promote the Sustainability Strategy
- Advocate for the Office of Sustainability and identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration
- Collaborate with the Office of Sustainability and other units, academic and non-academic, on priorities for action on sustainability each year


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Faculty
- John Sinclair (Natural Resources Institute (chair))
- David van Vliet (City Planning)
- Mark Hudson (Sociology)
- Mark Torchia (Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning)
Administration
- Christie Narin (Office of Sustainability)
- Kevin Handkamer (Campus Planning Office)
- Steve Cumpsty (Operations & Maintenance)
- Monique Whitehill (Purchasing Services)
Students
- Thomas Blumer (UMSU)
- Tino Dogo (UMSU)
- William Dowie (UMSGA)
- Brook Rivard (UMSU)
Secretary
- Juanita Van Norman (Office of Sustainability)


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent 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. Since its inception in 2013, the Office of Sustainability has been an engagement hub for the University community through the facilitation of sustainability learning and practices on and off-campus. The office provides planning and decision-making support, and ensures accountability and transparency. The office has played a key role in developing and accomplishing many sustainability-related plans including the creation of the UM Climate Action Plan. With the help of many stakeholders, a plan was created to help guide the university to its goal of a 50% emissions reduction by 2030 and 100% reduction by 2050. The Office has also successfully implemented an updated Green Office program, a Green Events guide, progressed University Childcare forward, and launched a Sustainability 101 course for all staff, students and faculty to ensure everyone coming to campus knows of the sustainability resources available to them. There are many more initiatives planned for the Office of Sustainability including the completion of the Sustainable Design Guidelines that focus on how our buildings on campus are built, maintained and decommissioned in a sustainable and responsible manner.


Full-time equivalent 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:
Christie Nairn, Director, Office of Sustainability.

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
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 a core team of sustainability professionals and oversees the long-range development and implementation of sustainability initiatives at the University. The Director manages and coordinates the functions of the Office of Sustainability consulting with key stakeholders both internally and externally to the UM including administrative and academic departments, students, staff and faculty.

Since its inception in 2013, the Office of Sustainability has played a key role in developing and accomplishing many sustainability-related plans and projects such as:
- UM Climate Action Plan which will guide the university to its goal of a 50% emissions reduction by 2030, and 100% reduction by 2050
- Green Office program
- Green Events guide
- Launched Sustainability 101 course for all staff, students and faculty to ensure everyone coming to campus knows of the sustainability resources available to them
- Sustainable Transportation Strategy 2017-2022
- Pedestrian and Cycling Plan
- UM Sustainable Design Guidelines focus on how our buildings on campus are built, maintained and decommissioned in a sustainable and responsible manner.
- UN Sustainable Development Goals report


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Engagement and Projects Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Engagement and Project Coordinator will provide project coordination, engagement and marketing support to the Office of Sustainability.
The Engagement and Project Coordinator will assist in the successful delivery of key stakeholder engagement initiatives, primarily focused on the University community. The Coordinator will creatively employ a wide variety of project coordination and stakeholder engagement tactics to engage the University community in an effort to provide information, execute projects and increase awareness.


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

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

The Sustainability Projects Coordinator will support the mandate of the Office to assist the University in achieving its Sustainability Policy and Strategy. With vision and inspiration, the Project Coordinator will coordinate and lead various projects, activities and processes of the Office. Reporting to the Director of Sustainability, the Project Coordinator will help the office build relationships, identify opportunities to advance sustainability and collaborate with the university community to successfully deliver key projects and activities associated with our mandate


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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