Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.05
Liaison Nicole Arsenault
Submission Date April 20, 2016
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STARS v2.0

York University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The TREES program (Teaching, Research and Experiential Education in Sustainability)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

In 2013/2014, the University released its new Strategic Research Plan 2013-2018, which aims to build on York’s research strengths and also aligns York’s research goals with the University’s sustainability and community engagement priorities. “Forging a Just and Sustainable World” is among one of the six themes of York’s new Strategic Research Plan. The Plan also emphasizes a commitment to enhancing opportunities for students to become involved and familiar with research. The undergraduate experience will be enhanced by the integration of academic research into the classroom/courses and more upper year students will be able to become involved in research projects and internship opportunities.
The working group also looked at current examples of experiential education on sustainability at York, with a view to replicating and expanding on these opportunities in the future. Provisionally titled TREES (Teaching, Research and Experiential Education in Sustainability), this initiative will continue to document and explore opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in sustainability at York University.

The Working Group also notes that, over the past year, several opportunities have been developed for students to do research and work on sustainability projects (e.g. the Critical Urban Planning course in FES, which worked in the Jane/Finch community).

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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