Whether we limit our definition of sustainability to the environmental realm, or expand it to include sustained financial viability in an era of uncertain public funding, or the sustainability of our buildings, or personal and community well-being as we grapple with the stresses of university life, our conclusion must always be the same: sustainability is non-negotiable.

Our future literally depends on our ability to design, implement and promote sustainable practices for our planet, for ourselves and for our bottom line. We will raise to meet that challenge in every domain of our activity and will spur ourselves to ensure that we work to bring change not only on our campus but beyond it.

Tareyn Johnson

Director of Indigenous Affairs

Sustainability is respecting and living in connection to the natural environment. It also means nurturing our relationship with community to enable us to thrive and learn together.

Objective 1

Nurture a sustainable campus culture that promotes overall well-being, embraces diversity and fuels employee engagement

Strategy

Promote recreation and wellness throughout the campus, including a comprehensive ethos of self-care and caring.


Actions

  • Create a comprehensive campus mental health plan to build on work already done in this area
  • Promote and enable physical and psychological health and wellness for faculty and staff
  • Mobilize external stakeholders to realize the Wellness Recreation and Sport project

Objective 2

Develop a long-term financial sustainability framework

Strategy

Work in a transparent, deliberate, and collaborative manner to incorporate recruitment, capital, maintenance, human resource requirements, as well as increased revenue generation in a long-term financial sustainability framework.


Actions

  • Identify the widest possible range of new revenue sources with a corresponding feasibility assessment and implementation plan
  • Develop financing methods for long term capital needs in order to ensure sustainable and viable growth, development and maintenance of campus infrastructure
  • Provide faculties and services with unit-level financial viability analysis on an annual basis

Strategy

Embrace Innovation and change to reduce cost growth while maintaining quality.


Actions

  • Implement recommendations of the Ad hoc Committee on Sustainable Library Collections to control costs while ensuring that access to quality information resources are in place to support the university‚Äôs aspirations for transformative teaching and high-impact research
  • Modernize, humanize and streamline our administrative systems and processes (ERP Development project)

Objective 3

Ensure responsible and sustainable growth of our infrastructure

Strategy

Ensure the safety, sustainability and growth of campus physical infrastructure with a comprehensive medium- to long-term campus infrastructure renewal plan.


Actions

  • Implement an effective deferred maintenance plan
  • Renewal of the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Science facilities at Roger Guindon Hall
  • Consolidation of Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Implement multi-year research infrastructure plan for state-of-the art research facilities and services to support internationally competitive research
  • Implement long-term student residence and housing redevelopment plan to increase residence capacity, including year-round accommodations

Strategy

Ensure the security, sustainability and growth of campus IT infrastructure with a comprehensive medium- to long-term IT infrastructure renewal plan.


Actions

  • Implement an effective IT evergreening plan
  • Continue to bolster our Cybersecurity posture including private and public partnerships
  • Standardization and integration of Physical and Application infrastructure across Faculties and Services
  • Leverage Cloud-based services to reduce energy consumption in non-peak periods (Green IT)
  • Implement long-term application sustainment plan

Objective 4

Ensure responsible and sustainable security and safety planning

Strategy

Enable optimal responses to and recovery from adverse situations.


Actions

  • Continue the review and implementation of emergency management and business continuity best practices
  • Develop increased capacity to assess and manage risks

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