Sustainability Planning

Measuring Sustainability

STARS Bronze Rating

Loyalist achieves Bronze Rating for its sustainability efforts!

Loyalist recently completed a baseline test for its sustainability performance to pinpoint what’s going well and where improvements can be made. Using AASHE’s Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a voluntary rating system designed for higher education, the College reported achievements in four overall areas: 1) operations 2) academics, 3) engagement and 4) planning, administration. The result: a Bronze rating for the College’s sustainability efforts!

“This report is an important milestone for the College and will be used to guide and inspire our sustainability efforts going forward,” says Maureen Piercy, Loyalist President and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Steering Committee. “Our Bronze rating reflects the strengths and skills of our team and their efforts to take sustainability from a commitment on paper to a visible practice.”

Loyalist’s full STARS report can be found on AASHE’s website here.


Planning

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Sustainability Steering Committee – Comprised of Loyalist faculty members, administrators, staff and students, the team meets regularly to discuss new opportunities to expand Loyalist’s sustainability efforts on campus and within the community. The objective of the committee is to ensure that Loyalist upholds its agreement as a signatory of the Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability. 

Sustainability Policy – Outlining Loyalist’s policy on the economic, environmental and socio-cultural pillars of sustainability.

Loyalist 2020 Draft Strategic Plan – A top priority for the College, sustainability has been identified as one of three strategic directions in the College’s 2020 Strategic Plan, which frames the organization’s actions and directions.

Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability – Loyalist is a signatory of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability.

Sustainability Communications Plan – Loyalist has a comprehensive plan for communicating its sustainability initiatives in order to demonstrate long-term responsibility. It outlines the strategies and tactics for facilitating information exchange, which is paramount to internal and external stakeholder communities. It also helps to promote interest and the evolution of a culture of mindfulness in staff and students.