|Submission Date||Dec. 20, 2019|
Universite de Montreal
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
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Coordonnateur au développement durable, Finances et infrastructures
Unité Développement Durable
Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
The Université de Montréal has signed the declaration of Talloires in 2011.
''Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, this is the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education. The Talloires Declaration (TD) is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. It has been signed by over 350 university presidents and chancellors in over 40 countries.''
Source: Talloires Declaration Website
The International Organization of La Francophonie brings together some 80 states and governments, members, and observers.
The Francophonie consists of the 33 countries and nations that have French as an official language or experiencing a significant practice of the French language. In a broader sense, the Francophonie is a cultural reality that unites all those who experience or express some belonging to the French language and Francophone cultures.
The Université de Montréal is part of the Association of Universities (IAU), which is itself part of the International Francophone Organization
''For over two decades now, the AIU, supported by the Working Group ESDD (on sustainability issues), develops projects, takes part in international and regional initiatives and regularly organizes events to promote and facilitate the integration of sustainable development in higher education policy and practice.''
The Quebec Population Health Research Network brings together researchers working in population health around six strategic clusters. Their efforts aim to identify, understand and act on the social determinants of health to guide public health interventions and inform public policy in order to contribute to improving the health of populations.
Global health can be considered as the health of populations on a transnational scale. Much of the focus of global health research has recently been readjusted to meet the 17 sustainable development goals of by the year 2030 with the ultimate goal of reducing poverty and improving access to health care for disadvantaged populations around the world.
Ivanhoe Cambridge Observatory of Urban and Real Estate Development
The Ivanhoe Cambridge Observatory's mission is to promote applied research in the political, economic and environmental fields of urban and real estate development. He is interested in both developed and emerging countries and places his thinking in the sustainable development paradigm.
The Observatory is in line with the adoption and implementation of the global agendas: Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, COP 21 and the New Urban Agenda. The Observatory, in collaboration with researchers affiliated with partner universities in the South and international organizations, develops action research and pilot projects for sustainable, safe, healthy and inclusive cities in the South, while respecting their own paradigms and aspirations.
Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
RUQDD: Network of the Sustainability Advisors of all major universities in Quebec. It holds regular meetings for the exchange of advices and information.
ECPAR: Collaborative Space for Sustainable Procurement Practices (Sustainable procurement).
AQPERE: Quebec Association for the Promotion of Education Relative to the Environment
Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
As part of the Great Conferences on the Mountain: Sustainable Development: A Utopia? was held on March 20, 2018.
Introduction to the conference
In 1987, the United Nations issued a warning signal: humanity could no longer continue to draw on the planet's resources without thinking about tomorrow. It was necessary as soon as possible to adopt a sustainable development approach which, by ceasing to oppose the economy, social development and environmental protection, introduced a desire for intergenerational equity to ensure the sustainability of resources without preventing an overall improvement in the quality of life.
Thirty years later, while global poverty has declined considerably, climate change is accelerating, biodiversity is declining, and all environmental indicators are in the red. And we do not seem to have learned anything from the 2008 financial crisis. Does this mean that the concept of sustainable development was a utopia or a way to hide our inaction? Do we have to follow other paths?
A video of the conference is available online (in french):
Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
In 2019 the Université de Montréal has submited it's projetc for Sustainable recycling and relocation of scientific material to City of Montreal's recognition gala in sustainable development, in the Institution category.
Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Normand Mousseau, professor in the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, was named in September 2016 the Academic Director for the Institut de l'Energie Trottier (Trottier Energy Institute) of Polytechnnique Montréal.
Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
The Sustainable Development Unit of the Université de Montréal provided support in the summer of 2018 as part of the STARS certification application for the École de technologie supérieure de Montréal (ETS Montréal), more specifically in the academic field.
The support concerned the methods of inventorying courses with sustainability content.
Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
A student in the individualized Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development implemented. in 2013 a sustainability assessment tool for the educational curriculum of the Collège Andre-Grasset.
A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :
Université de Montréal shares with its affiliated schools (Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal) some sustainability issues such as:
- Research through the EDDEC Institute (Environment, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy)
- Sustainable Mobility Plan
- annual events in sustainability
Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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