Incorporating Sustainability Indicators into Decision Making in Post

Incorporating Sustainability Indicators into Decision Making in Post

Incorporating Sustainability Indicators into Decision Making in Post Secondary Education: A University of British Columbia Case Study Presented by: Nancy Knight, Associate Vice President Campus & Community Planning March 3rd, 2010 OUTLINE 1. UBC Context 2. Campus Sustainability Plan and Indicator Framework 3. Lessons Learned UBC CONTEXT PLACE AND PROMISE: THE UBC PLAN (2009) VISION As one of the worlds leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY

UBC will implement practices, mindful of the need to balance ecological, social, and economic imperatives, and to do so, in an open and transparent way with the involvement of all stakeholders. INSPIRATIONS & ASPIRATIONS 2006 SOCIAL GOALS A) Improve Human Health & Safety B) Make UBC a Sustainable Community C) Increase Understanding of Sustainability Inside and Outside the University ECONOMIC GOALS D) Ensure Ongoing Economic Viability E) Maintain and Enhance the Asset Base F) Maintain and Maximize the Utilization of the Physical Infrastructure ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS H) Reduce Pollution I) Conserve Resources J) Protect Biodiversity OFFICIAL CAMPUS PLAN INSPIRATIONS & ASPIRATIONS: SELECTED RESULTS (2008/9) Model Campus Result (Trend data where available)

Reduce pollution Maintain annual average auto traffic at or below 1997 per capita levels for UBC-Vancouver Conserve Resources Reduce non renewable energy consumption in institutional buildings by 30% (adjusted for growth) from 2000 levels Model Campus Ensure that 20% of new residential dwellings will be rental housing, 2005-2006 24% reduction 2006-2007 22% reduction 2007-2008 20% reduction 2005-2006 17% reduction 2006-2007 23% reduction 2007-2008 26% reduction 2005-2006 39% 2006-2007 28% 2007-2008 26% CONSUMPTION COUNTER CURRENT SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS UBC Internal Strategic Plans and Monitoring Requirements Strategic Plans Reports

The UBC Plan: Place and Promise (2009) Annual Report UBC Sustainability Academic Strategy (2009) Annual Report Inspirations and Aspirations: Sustainability Strategy (2006-2010) Annual Report (Triple Bottom Line) Campus Sustainability Office Report Vancouver Campus Plan (2010) Reported Annually Reported Annually Sector Plans (Climate Action, Transportation, etc.) External Reporting Systems Organisation Reporting System Province of BC SMART Tool, Climate Neutral Action Report

AASHE (Association of Advancement in Sustainability in Higher Education) STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Sustainable Endowment Institute Green Report Card HOW MANY INDICATORS WE MONITOR UBC Internal Reporting Reports How many indicators? Data source Campus Sustainability Annual Report 9 goals, 68 metrics About 30 departments across Campus Vancouver Campus Plan Monitoring Report

20 indicators 4 departments Development of indicators in process 6 working groups, 30 departments provide information for GHG inventory Campus Climate Action Plan External Reporting Ranking System How many indicators? Data source SMART Tool Buildings - 55; fleet 12; paper 15; fugitive emissions 3 4 departments Carbon Neutral Action Report

33 actions, 98 indicators STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment 4 categories, 139 credits About 20 Departments 9 categories, 87 indicators 5 departments & Rating System) Green Report Card overlap working & inventory REPORTING TIME LINES Reporting mechanism UBC Internal reporting system Report due

Annual Report for AGM September '10 Sustainability Academic Strategy Report September '10 CSO Annual Board Report May '10 Campus Plan March '10 Climate Action Plan Report March '11 External Reporting System

Report due Carbon Neutral Action Report First quarter SMART Tool Quarterly STARS January '11 Green Report Card July '10 Data collection 20 10 J a n

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a r A p r AASHE STARS PILOT PROGRAM CATEGORY 1 Education & Research 66 points possible CATEGORY 2 Operations 61 points possible CATEGORY 3 Admin & Finance 61 points possible Co-curricular education Buildings Investment Curriculum Dinning Services

Planning Faculty & Staff Development and Training Energy & Climate Sustainability Infrastructure Research Grounds Community Relations & Partnerships Materials, Recycling and Waste Management Diversity, Access and Affordability Purchasing Human Resources Transportation

Trademark Licensing 02/07/2020 SUSTAINABLE ENDOWMENT INSTITUTE GREEN REPORT CARD (2009) Overall Grade 2010 B+ Administration A Climate Change & Energy A Food & Recycling A Green Building A Student Involvement

B Transportation A Endowment Transparency A Investment Priorities B Shareholder Engagement D 02/07/2020 Actions Towards Carbon Neutrality The actions listed below contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from sources for which public sector organizations are responsible under the carbon neutral government regulation of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act. Status Action (as of 12/31/ 09)

Performance to Date (as of 12/31/09) Mobile Fuel Combustion (Fleet and other mobile equipment) Note: For this section, commuting to and from home are outside of scope (see B.6) Vehicle fuel efficiency Replace vehicles with more fuel-efficient models % of vehicles are fuel- efficient models Replace larger vehicles with smaller models according to fleet "right-sizing" principles % of vehicles down-sized since start year indicated Perform regular fleet maintenance to improve fuel-efficiency % of vehicles are subject to regular maintenance for fuel efficiency Replace small maintenance vehicles with more fuel-efficient models % of small maintenance vehicles are fuelefficient

Behaviour change program Provide fleet driver training to reduce fuel use Introduce anti-idling policy and/or raise anti-idling awareness for fleet drivers (e.g., signs, stickers, messages) Encourage carpooling in fleet vehicles Promote alternatives to fleet vehicle travel where possible (e.g., bicycles, public transit, walking) % of current drivers are trained LESSONS LEARNED Cost one FT staff requires 40 days to complete 2 of the systems working with 100 staff across campus to collect data Utility Metrics needs to be based on very good systems understanding, and be lean Organizations can only focus on a few areas at any point in time, and need to do so consistently with game changing items Accountability concerns Implementation Align sustainability reporting with other reporting requirements Do not alienate your organization Consider an electronic management system for data collection

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