Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.78
Liaison Luc Surprenant
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Universite de Montreal
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Luc Surprenant
Consultant, Sustainable Development
Vice rector's office, Finances and Infrastructures
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement:

Alice David, an international studies student and president of the student eco-leaders group from 2017 to 2019, received three engagement credits (the equivalent of one course) for her commitment through the program.

She has devoted her efforts to setting up numerous activities such as waste collection, DIY workshops, the organization of lunchtime conferences as well as increasing the group's visibility.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Public Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Public Engagement:

EDD 6005 - Knowledge Mobilization in Environment and Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Unit collaborated with students on the EDD-6005 Master's course in Environment and Sustainable Development for its Darlington Ecological Corridor Project in the winter 2017 term. The students were mandated to work on:
- the wooded project and wetlands
- pedestrianization of the Louis-Colin section
- public consultation at Darlington Place
- reflection on the Bates-Darlington interchange
- the visibility and mitigation issue at the MIL Campus


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Air & Climate?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Air & Climate:

Supervised work - Master's degree in environment and sustainable development

The Universite de Montreal's GHG emissions assessment (scope 1 and 2 as well as part of scope 3) was conducted from January to June 2019 by Thierry Gras Chouteau, a master's student, as part of a 36-week supervised study, supervised by professors Sara Teitelbaum and Qussai Samak of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Buildings?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Buildings:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Energy?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Energy:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Food & Dining?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Food & Dining:

Internship - Bachelor in Nutrition

Two students in the nutrition program, Marie-Pier Leroux and Isabelle Plamondon-Dubois, completed an internship in institutional food services in the fall of 2018.

The internship consisted in developing sustainable recipes to be incorporated into the cafeteria menu while respecting the parameters of meal preparation (cost, standardized recipe, etc.).


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Grounds?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Grounds:

Summer job - Biological Sciences

In the summer of 2018, Anne Rousseau, a bachelor's student in biological sciences, completed an internship on plant biodiversity (characterization of wetlands and the removal of invasive species such as buckthorn). This internship is part of the University's 2012-2020 Biodiversity Plan.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Purchasing?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Purchasing:

Internship - Master of Management - International Logistics

From September 2018 to February 2019, Benjamin Krajcik, a master's student at HEC Montreal (business school affiliated with the Universite de Montreal) in logistics completed an internship on responsible procurement. The 24-week internship identified measures to implement a responsible procurement strategy for the University's procurement department.


IIs the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Transportation:

EDD 6005 - Knowledge Mobilization in Environment and Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Unit collaborated with students on the Master's course in Environment and Sustainable Development EDD-6005 in the winter of 2018. The students had the choice to work on:
-sustainable transport (active transport, public transport)
-sustainable food (food project proposals, waste management)


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Waste:

EDD 6005 - Knowledge Mobilization in Environment and Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Unit collaborated with students on the Master's course in Environment and Sustainable Development EDD-6005 in the winter of 2019. The students had the choice to work on:
-sustainable transport (active transport, public transport)
-sustainable food (food project proposals, waste management)

Some teams have decided to work on the composting issue on our main campus.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Water:

CIV-4940
Final Year Course - Civil Engineering(Polytechnique Montreal)

In 2017 and 2018, graduates of the civil engineering program at Polytechnique Montreal (engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) had to propose management projects for stormwater from Mount Royal.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work:

Internship - Communications

Marilyne Désy, a student in the Bachelor of Communication program, developed the Mon campus a velo, “Biking My Campus” campaign through an internship, which aims to promote cycling on our campuses. The campaign proposes that students and employees encourage cycling as a commuting mode for reasons of healthy lifestyles and to reduce the impact of travel. Activities, contests, conferences and screenings are offered mainly during the last two weeks of September each year since then.


Website URL where information about the institution’s living laboratory program is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Universite de Montreal’s Sustainable Development Unit is committed, through its Sustainable Development Ecosystem, to participating in the creation of a committed, responsible and resilient community.

The Sustainable Development Ecosystem consists of a living laboratory of sustainability where projects emanating from the University's action plan or other stakeholders are carried out by one or more students as part of a credited academic activity.

Projects are developed and implemented in collaboration with the departments and professors concerned. They are also interdisciplinary when the case allows it. They must include a mandatory sustainability training objective.

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