Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Erin Akins
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Erin Akins
Sustainability Coordinator
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 President’s Advisory Circle on a USask Sustainability Strategy is a body comprised of sustainability leaders and champions with the primary purpose to advise and counsel the President on the creation of a strategic and integrated sustainability plan for the University of Saskatchewan. The plan will encompass the discovery, teaching, and engagement missions of the institutions as well as include the campuses own operations and facilities.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Irena Creed, AVP Research and Special Advisor
Julian Demkiw, Senior Strategist
Patti McDougal, Vice Provost TLSE
Stryker Calvez Manager, Indigenous Education Initiatives
Janelle Hutchinson, Chief Strategic Officer
Kevin Hudson, Office of Sustainability
Laura Zink, Director, Strategic Initiatives
Johannes Dyring Exec. Director, Innovation Enterprise
Chelsea Willness, University Secretary
Karsten Liber, Interim ED, School of Environment and Sustainability
Steven Jones, Vice Provost Health
Murray Fulton, Director, Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy
Autumn LaRose-Smith, Student's Union, VP Student Issues


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Our mission is to build a model sustainable campus through community engagement and collaborative action. We strive to foster growth of a culture of sustainability throughout all areas of campus life—education, research, operations, governance and community engagement.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kevin Hudson, Energy and Emissions Officer; Matt Wolsfeld, Community Engagement Coordinator; Erin Akins, Sustainability Initiatives Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Guided by the framework of the Campus Sustainability Plan, the Office of Sustainability has worked in collaboration with partners throughout campus to move sustainability forward across all areas of campus life.

Operations: GHG Inventory updates, co-generation feasibility study, Energy Management and Information System (EMIS), water conservation retrofits, desktop printer reduction efforts, installation of electric vehicle charging station

Community Engagement: Green Lab resources, USSU Sustainability Committee, sustainability week workshops, inaugural eco-hack solutions design event

Education and Research: Sustainability Research Inventory, support for international education for sustainability conference, sustainability literacy and culture assessment


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Energy and Emissions Officer

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

Primary Purpose: To strategically develop, implement, and monitor energy use, conservation and efficiencies and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the University of Saskatchewan. The position will work collaboratively as part of the cross-functional team as the lead in advancing initiatives and continually enhancing business practices as they relate to energy management and reduction in GHG emissions, including facilities, campus utilities generation and distribution, solid waste, water, transportation and related infrastructure, fleet and equipment. The work will also include advising and partnering with the university community in achieving sustainable energy consumption and GHG emissions reductions based on climate action plans and related commitments.

Nature of the work: Reporting to the Manager, Capital Planning, this position plays the lead role in advancing initiatives that contribute to an environmentally responsible campus pertaining to all aspects of energy management and the reduction of GHG emissions.

The work will involve the complex integration of strategic assessments of energy usage and other contributors to GHG emissions, as well as leading the development and implementation of related strategies that will result in emissions reductions. The position will be responsible for ensuring continual improvement of relevant university operational and business practices and the development, monitoring and reporting of performance metrics. This will require in-depth understanding of existing systems and processes and the ability to ensure the seamless integration of energy conservation and efficiency and emissions reduction into key best practices. The position will also act as the primary energy manager for Kaizen, the University’s energy management and fault detection software. The nature of the work will be diverse ranging from working with the University’s existing software and control systems to monitor and improve energy use, to making numerous site visits monitoring various university facilities, infrastructure and initiatives as required.

Work in this role will have considerable bearing on the university’s achievement of energy reduction targets. Independent action and the ability to influence others and achieve results in a team environment are essential.


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

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

Primary Purpose: To advance the integration of sustainability into all aspects of university operations by facilitating operational changes in the day-to-day activities, planning and decision-making of all departments and units by directly engaging and working with campus stakeholders.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Director, Planning and Development, Facilities Management Division, the Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives works in a team environment with other Office of Sustainability staff, other university units and stakeholders, as well as independently. The Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives identifies, facilitates and implements changes to improve the sustainability of the university’s operations toward the goal that sustainability is a guiding principle in all university operations. The position demands that the incumbent be able to conceptualize, organize, and direct multiple concurrent major projects and programs and to work with a wide diversity of people. Other than conferences, travel will be largely limited to campus and the Saskatoon area.


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Community Engagement Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Primary Purpose: To provide creative, effective and reliable community awareness and engagement and communications assistance for the Office of Sustainability in its mission to advance a culture of sustainability and help integrate sustainability into all areas of university activity – community engagement, education, research, operations and governance.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Director of Planning and Development in the Facilities Management Division (FMD), the Coordinator, Sustainability Community Engagement works in a team environment with other Office of Sustainability staff, as well as independently, to deliver and oversee best-practice student, faculty and staff engagement programs, events and communications to accelerate the establishment of sustainability as an institutional value across all areas of campus life – operations, governance, research, education and community engagement. The work will involve a combination of office work and field work. Although the37.5 work week will normally be based around normal office hours, some flexibility will be required to accommodate special events or meetings that occur outside of regular office hours. The position demands that the incumbent be able to conceptualize, organize, and direct multiple concurrent major projects and programs and to work with a wide diversity of people. Other than conferences, travel will be largely limited to campus and the Saskatoon area.


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