Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
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York University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Andrew Plunkett
Sustainability Coordinator
President
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

-As a 'commuter campus,' York University has long acknowledged the importance of varied and reliable transportation options for our community. As such, the University has played an active role in improving public transit to both the Keele and Glendon campuses. This has involved several years of discussions with three levels of government, and has resulted in a number of transit improvements, including the creation of a bus-only right of way onto the Keele campus, and the approval of an 8.6 km extension of the subway line onto the Keele campus. The new subway line will be operational by late 2017.

-York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) has been established to build and strengthen the teaching, research and partnerships needed to create new green energy economies in Canada and around the world. Focused on energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy sources and combined heat and power, the Initiative encourages researchers from many disciplines (including engineering, economics, law, political science, sociology, management, and environmental science) to develop research, teaching and public outreach activities and dialogue around sustainable energy policy. The SEI aims to build sustainable energy partnerships among educational institutions, government agencies, business and industry, and non-governmental organizations.

The Sustainable Energy Initiative Studies in Ontario Electricity Policy series presents new research by SEI Faculty and Graduate Students on current issues in energy and electricity policy in Ontario. The studies provide much greater detail and depth of analysis than is possible in traditional academic journal articles, although they have provided the basis for such articles, and are intended to inform and encourage debates about the future of the province’s energy strategies. One such paper was called Electricity Conservation Policy in Ontario: Assessing a System in Progress presents a comprehensive assessment of the province’s electricity CDM policy framework, and makes a series of concrete recommendations on how to translate the province’s renewed commitment to CDM into meaningful and lasting results.


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:
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