London, ON, CA
|Rating||Score||Valid Through||Liaison||Submitted||Executive Letter|
|Gold||74.42||July 30, 2021||Mary-Lee Townsend||Feb. 1, 2018||Download|
The greyscale bar displays the scores (in quartiles) of all institutions rated under this version of STARS that are the same basic type as the institution featured in the report (e.g., Associate, Baccalaureate, Doctoral, or Master’s). Hovering over the bar reveals the following:
- 1st quartile score (75% of institutions scored above this figure)
- Median (or 2nd quartile) score (50% of institutions scored above this figure)
- 3rd quartile score (25% of institutions scored above this figure)
- Top score
Missing lower quartiles indicate the prevalence of institutions that earned zero points, e.g., if 25% of institutions earned 0 points, no 1st quartile will display.
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Western appeals to students with a broad world view, those seeking to study, engage with and eventually lead in the global community. Students from more than 100 countries share in classroom experiences that broaden personal perspectives and understanding. Beyond campus, students are engaged in a variety of international study-abroad, research and volunteer opportunities. We offer more than 400 combinations of majors, minors, and specializations in 12 faculties and more than 90 undergraduate programs; more than 70 master’s and 50 doctoral programs.<< show less
|Academic Courses||Complete||14.00 / 14.00|
|Learning Outcomes||Complete||6.65 / 8.00|
|Undergraduate Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Graduate Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Immersive Experience||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Sustainability Literacy Assessment||Complete||2.00 / 4.00|
|Incentives for Developing Courses||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Campus as a Living Laboratory||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery, its researchers advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world.
While the University has achieved acclaim for research in a full complement of disciplines, it has identified signature areas in which global-scale clusters of research excellence have been established, including:
Neuroscience/Brain & Mind
Materials & Biomaterials
Wind Engineering & Natural Disaster Mitigation
Environmental Sustainability & Green Energy
Philosophy of Science
Planetary Science & Exploration
|Research and Scholarship||Complete||12.00 / 12.00|
|Support for Research||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Open Access to Research||Complete||1.00 / 2.00|
|Student Educators Program||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Student Orientation||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Student Life||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Outreach Materials and Publications||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
|Outreach Campaign||Complete||4.00 / 4.00|
|Assessing Sustainability Culture||Complete||0.50 / 1.00|
|Employee Educators Program||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
|Employee Orientation||Complete||1.00 / 1.00|
|Staff Professional Development||Complete||0.00 / 2.00|
In 2009, a new provincial Regulation was approved, mandating the quantification and reporting of GHG emissions starting in 2011. Western decided to act proactively and during summer 2010 conducted a comprehensive inventory of its GHG emissions from Main Campus. We now report our carbon emissions to federal and provincial agencies every year. On top of that, Western has the emission assertions verified by an accredited third party and voluntarily report them to AASHE under its STARS program.<< show less
|Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Complete||7.01 / 10.00|
|Outdoor Air Quality||Complete||0.50 / 1.00|
Western was founded in 1878 and spans over 450 hectares of land. We take pride in our landscape and beautiful buildings. We strive to incorporate sustainability into the maintenance of our green spaces, as well as into the planning and design process of new buildings and renovations. This includes promoting energy conservation in the operation of facilities, provision of facilities and land to support alternate transportation arrangements, and the protection of natural and wetland areas throughout the campus. Building designs will recognize the use of buildings as learning tools and offer examples of sustainable designs for our students.<< show less
|Building Operations and Maintenance||Complete||1.50 / 5.00|
|Building Design and Construction||Complete||3.00 / 3.00|
Facilities Management has a multi-disciplinary team who works on conservation and efficiency projects with partners of Western. For the last 25 years, our experts have made improvements to the buildings and their systems to save both water and energy.<< show less
|Building Energy Consumption||Complete||3.90 / 6.00|
|Clean and Renewable Energy||Complete||0.05 / 4.00|
In 2007, Hospitality Services recognized the need to take responsibility and action with regards to being more sustainable. They quickly realized "Sustainability" encompasses so much.
They realized they had influence in Western's day-to-day operations, personal lives, as well as in the London community. Baby steps and small victories would be the stepping stones to success. That decided, they broke down our approach into three smaller definitions we could more easily categorize.
Ecology: Our commitment to the environment through composting and the introduction to organic/fair trade foods.
Culture: Our commitment to the community, to educate and increase awareness, and reduce, re-use and divert materials from land-fills.
Technology: Continuation and improvement of our recycling program, purchasing energy-efficient equipment and implementing new green technologies as they become available.
The best starting place for us was to determine what was already being done that was proactive or positive for the environment. From there, it was a little easier to recognize other initiatives and set goals.<< show less
|Food and Beverage Purchasing||Complete||0.94 / 6.00|
|Sustainable Dining||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
Western was founded in 1878 and spans over 450 hectares of land. We take pride in our landscape and beautiful buildings. We strive to incorporate sustainability into the maintenance of our green spaces, as well as into the planning and design process of new buildings and renovations.<< show less
|Landscape Management||Complete||0.98 / 2.00|
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
Western acknowledges the potential negative environmental impacts associated with development. As a result, Western has committed to incorporating sustainable practices into all aspects of operations. In alignment with Western’s Policy on Environment and Sustainability, Procurement Services will endeavour to purchase products and services that meet a comprehensive range of sustainability criteria that mirror the University’s values, sustainability principles and goals.
Procurement Services have developed the Sustainable Purchasing Guide as a tool to share our recommendations for purchasing products that balance economic, environmental and social benefits, in an effort to further advance Western's sustainability efforts.<< show less
|Sustainable Procurement||Complete||2.25 / 3.00|
|Electronics Purchasing||Complete||0.80 / 1.00|
|Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing||Complete||0.85 / 1.00|
|Office Paper Purchasing||Complete||0.02 / 1.00|
Western maintains that there needs to be safe and efficient networks to support pedestrian, bicycle and bus traffic as well as provide for visitor parking. Western’s campus-wide system of pathways and sidewalks provides good pedestrian interconnection between most points on campus. At some of the busier crosswalks, flashing lights can be activated for pedestrian safety.<< show less
|Campus Fleet||Complete||0.04 / 1.00|
|Student Commute Modal Split||Complete||1.60 / 2.00|
|Employee Commute Modal Split||Complete||0.67 / 2.00|
|Support for Sustainable Transportation||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|
Western University is committed to water conservation. We are currently undergoing an energy and water master plan in order to ensure we are taking a coordinated and integrated approach to water management on campus. Through this project, we are seeking opportunities for savings. We are looking at the operation of existing equipment, and looking to incorporate new technologies, including renewables.<< show less
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions located in areas of water stress and scarcity and less heavily for institutions in areas with relative water abundance. The points available for this credit are determined by the level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus,, as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas and detailed in the following table:
|Rainwater Management||Complete||2.00 / 2.00|