Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.20
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Ottawa
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 4.00 Jonathan Rausseo
campus sustainability manager
physical resources service
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The Destination 2020 Strategic Plan for the University of Ottawa specifically addresses sustainability by highlighting the University of Ottawa's performance in reference to the campus' sustainable operations as well as noting it within our 'Core Values' statement.
Additionally, the Sustainable Development Committee has created a set of long-term sustainability goals for the campus to help guide faculties and services in setting their own sustainability goals.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Although never listed as an objective by the University of Ottawa, the Institute of the Environment set out the goal of creating a sustainability masters program and eventually working up to the creation of a PhD program.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

• Obtain two new federal grants through the NSERC CREATE program
• Obtain a new partnership grant from SSHRC
• Publish a special issue of Research Perspectives on green technologies
• Launch three new Canada Research Chairs for sustainability initiatives
• Obtain three new Fulbright Chairs for visiting professors, all dedicated to research on the environment and climate change
• Fund a series of on-campus lectures to discuss different matters relating to the environment

https://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Community engagement
Target - Increase the number of Green Reps on campus and build a network of volunteers consisting of students and other members of the university community.
This goal is outlined in the Annual Report on Sustainable Development


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Target: Reduce direct GHG emissions (scope 1) 34% over 2005 levels by 2020. In other words, GHG emissions must be 13,000 tonnes or less by 2020 (outlined in the Annual Sustainable Development Report).


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Target: Increase the amount of functional indoor and outdoor green space and meet the LEED Silver standard for major construction projects (outlined in the Annual Sustainable Development Report and the uOttawa Design and Construction guidelines).


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Target: Reduce energy consumption by 2% annually despite the growth experienced on campus (outlined in the Annual Sustainable Development Report)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Target: Increase access to local and organic food, fair trade products, and vegetarian and vegan foods on campus. We measure this objective using surveys of food outlets on campus (with a distinction that local food is produced within 500 km of campus). This goal is outlined in the Annual Sustainable Development Report.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Our Sustainable Development report outlines a directive to include more green space on campus but it does not give a specific target at to how much.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Although there is a green procurement policy, there are no measurable objectives


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Target: Maintain the University’s 85% modal split, the percentage of people who use alternative forms of transportation versus those who take a single occupancy vehicle. In other words, only 15% of the university community would take a single occupancy vehicle to campus. This goal is outlined in the Annual Report of Sustainable Development.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Target: Become a zero-waste-to-landfill campus by 2020. To achieve this goal, we must attain a waste diversion rate of 75% by 2017, find new options for recycling and buy fewer non recyclable and non-reusable products. This goal is outlined in the Annual Report.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Target: Reduce water consumption by 2% per year and encourage the use of grey water instead of drinking water. This goal is outlined in the Annual Report on Sustainable Development


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

1. Establish measurements and a proper starting point to track shifts in long-term portfolio.
2. Identify and consider new indices and/or benchmarks that incorporate responsible investment principles, in addition to or in place of any of the above.
3. Carry out annual measurements of progress and report results to the University community.
4. Incorporate these results into the consideration and updating of investment portfolio policies.
5. Consider these results, to the extent it is appropriate, in evaluating fund managers’ performance.
6. Create a Clean Innovations Fund over time with an initial $10 million, using funds from the existing portfolios and donations received for this purpose.

https://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

Following constructive debate on campus, the Board of Governors tasked the
University with developing a holistic approach to combatting global warming
and climate change. In 2016, we vowed to reduce the carbon footprint of our
investments, in accordance with Canada’s national climate commitment.
We took on this challenge by making clear commitments that combined
continued teaching and research excellence, efficient management of our
operations and facilities, and responsible long-term portfolio investment.
To follow up on these commitments, I am pleased to present the first annual
Report to the Board of Governors on Sustainability. This progress report
outlines key, concrete actions taken by our University during the last year.
I am proud of our accomplishments to date, but there is still much to do.
Our work to make sustainability a central priority in all aspects of what we
do will take time to show progress. However, we look forward to reducing
our environmental footprint and empowering our employees and students
to continue to engage in sustainable practices.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

The University of Ottawa’s Sustainable Development Committee has adopted the 4C model of campus sustainability developed by Plymouth University to address different aspects of sustainability specific to a campus context. The 4Cs are as follows:

Campus – Everything involving procurement for and the physical aspects of the campus Community – Social relationships between community members on and off campus Culture – Values and policies forming the cultural foundation and influencing the governance of the campus
Curriculum – Academic pursuits, courses and research activities that constitute the body of knowledge on campus


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

The University of Ottawa is a signatory to the Talloires Declaration, as well as the Halifax Declaration and the ‘Ontario Universities Committed to a Greener World’ pledge.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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All information regarding the completion of these goals is collected by the Office of Campus Sustainability and is reported on annual in a report that is published online.
Additional targets that have been set out by the President's office are available in the report on Combating climate change.

https://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf

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