George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario (on-going)
Fostering Sustainability is working with George BrownCollege to implement its environmental sustainability “Green Plan”. The goal of the Green Plan is to reduce the College’s overall ecological footprint. It also includes plans for integrating environmental sustainability principles into the curriculum.
This project began with Fostering Sustainability carrying out an environmental review of the College’s facilities and operations to determine baseline data and benchmarks in terms of the current state of the greening. Based on results of this review, the environmental sustainability program and action plan (Green Plan) was developed for the College that promotes the use of environmentally sound management practices campus wide.
The Green Plan sets priorities and goals, in the following areas: Energy Management and Climate Change; Water Consumption; Waste Management and Minimization; Green Purchasing and Materials Selection; Food Services and Campus Shops; Site Management and Landscaping; Transportation, Parking and Mobility; Academics and Curriculum.
Fostering Sustainability is now working closely with the College’s Green Team to develop and implement the College’s Green Plan. The mandate of the Green Team is to align college-wide “green” initiatives with the college’s strategic plan, to ensure that the college moves towards more sustainable campus practices and to provide a forum to leverage extra curricular activities related to sustainability with academic offerings.
GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL, VICTORIA, B.C. (2015)
Glenlyon Norfollk School (GNS) is a co-educational day school located in Victoria, British Columbia. Fostering Sustainability was contracted to carry out an Environmental Sustainability Audit Report in 2015. The purpose of the report was to provide a foundation upon which GNS could build on past successes and articulate future goals for environmental stewardship and sustainability at the school. The school will be able to use the findings of this assessment as the basis for monitoring its environmental impacts and setting targets for reducing the school’s eco-footprint into the future. In particular, the report’s findings will inform GNS as it enters a new phase of the its Campus Transformation Plans and new Beach Drive Campus, setting the stage for development of a new long term vision for the school.
From a practical perspective, GNS is scheduled to undergo an evaluation by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). The results of this Environmental Audit provided information required by two of the CAIS guidelines:
• Effective Practice 2.4: The school advocates and demonstrates positive practice with respect to environmental issues.
• Effective Practice 10.17: The school has an environmental responsibility plan that is congruent with the school’s mission and vision.
ST. MARGARET’S SCHOOL, SAANICH,
St. Margaret’s School (SMS)
is an all-girls, independent day and boarding schoollocated on 22 acres in a suburban area of Saanich, B.C. One of the school’s key Strategic Plan goals
related to Global and Environmental Stewardship states that “Our educational
programs have an international and environmental focus”. In 2015, the school asked Fostering
Sustainability to evaluate the school’s baseline environmental
impacts (Environmental Audit Report) and
make recommendations for how it can continue to work to reduce its “ecological footprint”,
i.e., by managing energy consumption (electricity, natural gas and fuel), water
consumption, waste generation, paper consumption, and to “green” operations and
also asked Fostering Sustainability to provide a summary of existing best
practices to integrate environmental sustainability principles into the
school’s curricular, co-curricular, outdoor education and student and
residential life programs. This was important as the
school’s STEM-focused curriculum (acronym for science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics), is an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary educational philosophy
that resonates with the need for students to take a systems view of the world
in order to truly grasp the challenges of sustainable development. As part of
the Environmental Audit Report a number of recommendations were made regarding
ways that SMS could build a greater culture of conservation and environmental
stewardship at the school.
From a practical
perspective, SMS is scheduled to undergo an evaluation by the Canadian
Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). The results of the Environmental Audit provided
information required by two of the CAIS guidelines:
Practice 2.4: The school advocates and demonstrates
positive practice with respect to environmental issues.
Effective Practice 10.17:
The school has an environmental responsibility plan that is congruent with
the school’s mission and vision.
is hoped that the results of the Environmental Audit will assist the school to
develop a future cohesive plan to integrate environmental sustainability
considerations into all of the school’s operations and student life.
southridge school, surrey, BC (2014)
In 2014, Fostering Sustainability was contracted by Southridge School, a co-educational independent school in South Surrey, B.C., to carry out an Environmental Audit.
One of the purposes of the audit was to
help it prepare for an upcoming Accreditation Review by the Canadian
Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS).
Another reason was to inform the process as the school
develops a new vision for the future and long term campus master plan.
The school had already begin work to investigate
ways that it could become a “Green community of learners”, assessing the
school’s environmental curricular and co-curricular offerings. This Committee generated
several ideas that members of the school community can undertake on a daily
basis to do their part as environmentally responsible citizens.
on this early work, Fostering Sustainability was asked to take this
inquiry to the next level and carry out an Environmental Audit to:
- Provide information to help meet the requirements
of CAIS National Standards and Guidelines, especially those Effective
Practices related to environmental responsibility;
- Assess the school’s environmental impacts and make
recommendations for how it can continue to reduce its ecological footprint;
- Summarize existing accomplishments and initiatives
to date in terms of “greening” the school;
- A baseline that can be used to review and monitor
environmental performance of facilities and operations;
- Benchmark information to compare Southridge’s environmental
performance with other similar independent schools;
- Identify gaps and opportunities for environmental
is hoped that the results of this audit will catalyze further
integration of environmental practices into the school's day to day
operations and planning for the future, and that it will help support an
environmental perspective as the school fulfills the following
principles and initiatives in its most recent Strategic Plan:
“We will be
collaborative stewards of Southridge.”
"We are the guardians of our campus and
resources for future generations.”