sustainability at st. jerome's university
2018 - 2019 sustainability program
2018 – 2019 sustainability objectives
- to establish an institutional framework (what is our commitment and approach to sustainability as a university?)
- to implement a campus wide standard for sustainable practices (what are the foundations of our sustainability commitment and how do we operationalize this foundation?)
- to build our capacity for growth and advancement of our sustainability commitment (what resources and partnerships can be cultivated to enhance our sustainability commitment?)
2018 – 2019 achievements
- formalized a 10-year reduction target commitment, as a member of the regional sustainability initiative of sustainable waterloo region, to achieve a 70% waste diversion rate by 2028.
- became a member of the united nations sustainable development network canada and participated in the canada network launch conference
- 50% of full-time employees are actively participating in the university’s office waste program to improve source separation and increase individual waste creation awareness. 30% of full-time employees participated in a uw facilitated zero waste week challenge.
- developed waste management infrastructure:
- every garbage can is accompanied by single source recycling bins to form a trio set with updated signage to assist in separation
- strategically placed trio sets aligned with flow of traffic through university buildings
- expanded organics program within kitchenettes
- classroom signage to encourage waste management consciousness
- hard to recycle program launch including disposal bins for batteries, writing utensils, unwanted office supplies, and confidential shredding
- construction waste diversion and recycling program
- the residence move out program was facilitated for a second yea r and expanded to include fall and winter term move out.
- a number of employees participated in the university of waterloo’s sustainability certificate to advance their knowledge and awareness of sustainability practices on campus and in our region.
- Partnership with UW & Lime to support sustainable transportation initiatives throughout our Region.
- Partnership with UW & Drop Mobility (Bike Drop) to support sustainable transportation initiatives throughout our Region.
- expansion of solar system to reduce energy by supporting domestic hot water consumption in both the kitchen and finn residence.
- campus led retrofits to reduce power consumption. 80% of campus complete.
- gained efficiencies in large equipment run cycles by aligning with operational building schedules.
- executed a green cleaning mandate.
- installation of low flow faucets, taps and shower heads to reduce water consumption.
- repurposing of furniture within the university by donating to local chartable and supportive housing groups.
- revitalization of finn green space to provide outdoor common space for students, faculty and staff.