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The MEM Report Presentation of Michael Hardy -FR

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Apr 11, 2018

Category: News and Notices

The MEM Report Presentation of Michael Hardy will take place on Monday, April 16 at 9 a.m. in Forestry & Geology, 202 Dean's Conference Room.  Report Title: The Sustainability Tracking Rating and Assessment System (STARS) at the University of New Brunswick: A Gap Analysis.

Report Presentation Chaired By: Dr. B. Leblon, FOREM

Supervisor: Danielle Smith. HRA/FOREM-UNB

Abstract: Since 1990, institutions of higher education have been integrating sustainability into their day-to-day operations. The University of New Brunswick joined this movement in 1996 with the release of their first Energy Management Plan (EMP) and increased their capacity further in 2014 with the hiring of a Sustainability Coordinator. Despite these successes, UNB has never had a published plan that outlines their objectives for the future. This past year, the university’s Fredericton campus completed their first ever submission in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to serve as a baseline in the development of an Institutional Sustainability Plan (ISP). STARS assesses an institution’s sustainability initiatives across four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations and Planning & Administration. Each of these categories contain specific criteria for institutions to meet in a variety of areas of sustainability ranging from integrating sustainability into the curriculum and research to increasing the amount of waste diverted from the landfill. Once completed, UNB Fredericton’s results were compared to 21 other Canadian institutions who have also completed the STARS framework to identify gaps in current initiatives. It was found that UNB Fredericton is currently above the Canadian average in the Energy, Grounds and Water credits while their major gaps are within Campus Engagement, Food & Dining, Purchasing, Transportation and Investment & Finance. For each of these gaps, recommendations were made to begin the process of developing the ISP.


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