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Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability Plan

In late 2012, Camosun College embarked upon the development of their first Sustainability Plan to achieve Camosun's strategic goal of becoming a leader in environmentally sustainable practices. The Office of Environmental Sustainability conducted extensive research and consultation with members of the campus community and the final plan was released in June 2014.

Read the full Sustainability Plan PDF

The Sustainability Plan process included:

  • An inventory of Camosun sustainability initiatives
  • Best practice research highlights from the Post-Secondary Education sector
  • Student open house and consultation
  • Student and employee survey
  • Sustainability leaders discussion
  • Focused interviews and meetings with Executive leaders, staff, and faculty
  • Two workshops, with invitations to representatives from all departments and schools
  • Consultation with the Environmental Sustainability Council
  • The development of an Advisory Committee for Integrating Sustainability into Teaching and Learning.

Through the consultative process of developing this plan, members of the campus community expressed a desire to not only achieve more sustainable operations and services but also to make Camosun College a "living lab". To strive to place students and their learning experience at the heart of environmental footprint reduction and sustainability innovation efforts through various cross-disciplinary partnerships between industry, staff, faculty and students. 

Long-term goals

The following two long-term goals were identified:

By 2025, Camosun will integrate sustainability into all teaching and learning. We will embed sustainability throughout the student learning experience. Relevant and applied learning (in the classroom, lab, shop, practicum and community) equips students with the knowledge, tools and desire to change things for the better in their future careers, workplaces and personal lives.

By 2025, Camosun will be a college that excels in environmental sustainability innovation – Our governance, operations, educational practices, and applied research and technologies are a "test bed and showcase" that inspire sustainability innovation, engage employees, and provide on-site learning for students, employees, and partners (community, industry and government).

Three-year goals

These were followed by the development of the following three year goals which will be addressed by this Sustainability Plan:

By 2016/17, we are successfully implementing our Integrating Sustainability into Teaching & Learning sub-plan with a high degree of faculty, employee and student engagement.

By 2016/17 we are successfully implementing our Operations & Governance sub-plan with a strong focus on sustainability and a high degree of stakeholder engagement.

The Operations & Governance sub-plan will align with the Integrating Sustainability into Teaching and Learning sub-plan to provide students with an opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience, working across a variety of disciplines on real-life, hands-on projects on campus.

Integrating Sustainability into Teaching and Learning sub-plan

Through the consultation process for the development of the Sustainability Plan, members of Camosun College campus community identified the following to be a long term goal:

By 2025, Camosun will integrate sustainability into all teaching and learning. We will embed sustainability throughout the student learning experience.  Relevant and applied learning (in the classroom, lab, shop, practicum and community) equips students with the knowledge, tools and desire to change things for the better in their future careers, workplaces and personal lives.

The Integrating Sustainability into Teaching and Learning sub-plan will guide the College through the first 3 years of achieving this goal.

The plan will ensure that concepts of sustainability are built into programs, courses, and college "life" provides students with knowledge and understanding needed to make critical decisions about their future.  This goal elevates the opportunity to provide real-world local and global educational experiences that meet students' desire for a personal and professional connection to sustainability (be it working for a green  employer, or making a difference at home or in the broader community).

Operations & Governance sub-plan

Through the consultation process for the development of the Sustainability Plan, members of Camosun College campus community identified the following to be a long term goal:

By 2025, Camosun will be a college that excels in environmental sustainability innovation – Our governance, operations, educational practices, and applied research and technologies are a "test bed and showcase" that inspire sustainability innovation, engage employees, and provide on-site learning for students, employees, and partners (community, industry and government). 

The Operations & Governance sub-plan will guide the College through the first 3 years of achieving this goal.

The plan will bridge governance, operations and academics, to include an enhanced role for students in innovating and implementing solutions throughout all of our functions. It places students and their learning experience at the heart of our environmental footprint reduction and sustainability innovation efforts. 

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