Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.86
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date June 19, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nadia Harduar
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

The Blue Team: (Student and faculty governed) The Blue Team is a student group created under the Office of Sustainability. The focus of the group is sustainability. The students attend events, host events, and spread awareness throughout the school. The group is divided into different aspects of sustainability to focus on, such as energy and infrastructure, water and waste. The groups are also encouraged to work together.
http://sites.uoit.ca/ocis/sustainability/uoit-blue-team.php

Cylc-on: (student governed) Our organization consists of bike enthusiasts who intend to advocate for the use of bicycles to reduce carbonfootprint and encourage outdoor activities which will promote healthy living.
This will be great for holiday and weekend usage for people living oncampus and off campus
http://www.your-sa.ca/files/2014/10/CC_10_LIST_140926.pdf

The environmental club: (student governed) The Environmental Club is open to all students at Ontario Tech U and DC. Through Action, Advocacy, and Fundraising we will serve for a better and sustainable tomorrow.
https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentUOITDC/timeline

Campus Community Gardens Club: Promoting/providing accessibility, education and healthy living to the school community through the use of nature and gardening.

Engineers Without Borders: assisting with proper e-waste collection on campus

Wellness for Women, and Ontario Tech U's Health and Wellness Club


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The institution owns farmland, north of campus in which we host sustainability focused workshops, have a community garden (25 gardens with potential to grow to more than 60), pollinator program with more than 3 hectares of hydroseeded wildflower gardens, apiary of 31 hives producing honey on campus; along with a greenhouse. Excess produced grown from gardens is donated to local soup kitchens (St. Vincent's Soup Kitchen).


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

ENACTUS: a not-for-profit entrepreneurial club for students with sustainable business ideas to develop and pursue these ideas.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

The university hosts a variety of sustainability events for students. Sustainability related capstone projects are presented to the campus at the end of each term. The Present's Future Forum in 2018 was themed Energy and Environment (https://research.uoit.ca/events/futures-forum/energy-and-environment/multimedia.php). there are also a variety of speaker series sessions that are conducted through each research department, on a variety of topics including sustainability (social justice, environment, transportation, etc.)


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

PANGEA - CULTURAL SHOWCASE OF FOOD, MUSIC, DANCE & THEATRE

A cultural voyage across the globe! Pangaea celebrates the diverse cultures on campus with delicious cuisine and entertaining student performances from around the world. The event is open to all students, staff and faculty at Durham College and Ontario Tech U and is completely free!


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Mood walks: Student life coordinates weekly walks to connect with nature, and improve mental health.

Shore-line cleanup: Ontario Tech U Sustainability organized a shoreline cleanup to help clean a local beach.

Pollinator Tours and Nature walks


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Sustainability related themes include
- Fair trade week
- March Nutrition Month
- Waste Management Month: Recycle-Mania
- Earth Month (April)


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Through the Blue Team students can learn sustainable life skills. Students learn from one another, and through events held for students.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

Asset and Sustainability Assistant and Community Garden positions. Students can apply through the work study program. The student(s) assist the asset and sustainability planner, lead the Blue Team, and help develop sustainable initiatives and assist with running the pollinator garden projects. Also other opportunities for research that may fall under sustainability.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

The Blue Team finds or hosts sustainable programs and initiatives and shares this information with the university community. Examples include a local shore line clean up, tree planting and a campus market.


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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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