Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.86
Liaison Joseph Wasylycia-Leis
Submission Date March 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Winnipeg
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alana Lajoie-O'Malley
Campus Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

-GHG Emission Reductions: In FY2013, UWinnipeg was able to celebrate significant emission reductions at an event held on June 2nd, 2014. This event allowed the University to emphasize the participation and involvement of the broader community in supporting the achievement of our emission reduction targets. Since major energy retrofit work began in 2009, emissions have gone down 40%. This represents a 25% reduction in emissions since 1990 and a 24% reduction in emissions over last year. These deep reductions will help to ensure that the University meets its commitment to reduce emissions 10% below 1990 levels by the end of 2016 despite the addition of both the United Health & RecPlex (FY2014) and a new mixed housing complex (FY2015). The University remains committed to achieving absolute emission reductions.

-New Cleaning Services Contract: In FY2013, UWinnipeg established a new cleaning contract that includes several elements that will support ongoing greener cleaning practices on campus. These include the standard servicing of all 3 streams of waste throughout campus, the continuation of Eco-Logo certified cleaning and janitorial products, and quarterly reporting on the quantities and types of cleaning products being used.

-Multiple Awards & Recognitions: The University achieved Climate Registered Status through The Climate Registry for publicly reporting and verifying its greenhouse gas emissions. It was also awarded a Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Development award for its successes to date in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the 2014 Supply Chain Management Association Sustainability Award in the Public Sector / Not-For-Profit Category.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Campus Sustainability Council shall:
• provide a forum for coordination across UWinnipeg Sustainability Strategy Target areas;
• serve as the venue for ongoing reporting, monitoring, and re-assessing of the actions meant to be carried out in a given year. As such, individuals on Council must be in a position to speak to key elements of the strategy and to advise on required changes to action plans as the year progresses;
• campus Sustainability Council members collaborate and consult with their respective departments and/or constituencies as appropriate to further the targets set in the UWinnipeg Sustainability Strategy;
• provide broad oversight and coordination of UWinnipeg Sustainability Strategy as a means of making progress towards goals set down in the University’s Sustainability Policy;
• assist in coordinating and advising on governance and planning issues related to campus sustainability, including policy reviews, strategic planning, climate action planning, benchmarking, consultation, and research activities.

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

The Campus Sustainability Council is made up of the following:

Student representatives appointed by their respective organizations according to procedures decided by the organizations themselves, for terms of one or two years, or until such organizations should cease to exist:

-Vice-President Internal, UWSA
-1 GESA representative (Geography and Environmental Studies Students Association)
appointed according to procedures decided by the organization
-1 EcoPIA representative (Ecological People in Action) appointed according to procedures decided by the organization
-1 Bike Lab representation appointed according to procedures decided by the organization
Other students as necessary to fulfill terms of reference.

Faculty representatives appointed by the VP, Human Resources, Audit & Sustainability, (or his/her designate), in collaboration with the Deans of Academic Departments, and comprised of individuals with interest, commitment and expertise appropriate to the purpose of the CSC.
Appointments will be for one year terms and can be renewed by mutual agreement.

Up to 6 Faculty representatives

Administration and support staff representatives named by the VP, Human Resources, Audit & Sustainability, (or his/her designate) in any number and selected from positions with substantial responsibility for the implementation of sustainability initiatives at the University. 
Administrative and support staff representatives shall include at least one member from each working group, or a delegated staff member capable of reporting on the efforts of each Target Committee.

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:

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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The mission of the Campus Sustainability Office is to (1) provide leadership, coordination, support, and data tracking assistance to operational departments as they implement the University’s Sustainability Policy and associated Administrative Policies; (2) to facilitate linkages between sustainability-related learning, research, and operations and; (3) to support academic dialogue and participation within the campus community to ensure that all benefit from the pedagogical and research value of our physical campus.

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

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Alana Lajoie-O'Malley, Director & Andree Forest, Outreach and Office Assistant

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Reporting to the VP responsible, the incumbent will serve as the leader of all campus sustainability efforts. Primary responsibilities include the development of the vision, mission, and strategic plan to support the development of sustainability-oriented governance, management practices, and strategic/operational plans within and among University departments; identifying and prioritizing strategic approaches to institutional sustainability efforts within the context of other institutional priorities and demands; monitoring implementation plans and programs that will support the University’s sustainability goals and efforts; collaborating with university leaders to cultivate sustainability broadly across the campus and to build support for sustainability efforts; and fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff. The incumbent will ensure annual reporting of sustainability efforts and progress against the University’s Sustainability Strategies, policies, and related goals and objectives to the President, the senior executive and Board of Regents; act as the internal and external campus spokesperson on sustainability issues, and will provide leadership to the Campus Sustainability Council and associated committees.

Outreach and Office Assistant
The incumbent will assist in the on-going operations of campus sustainability efforts. Primary responsibilities include performing various educational and outreach activities; assisting with the compilation and organization of data for sustainability reporting purposes; providing research assistance to the Director of the CSO; and providing general clerical support to the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO).

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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