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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.70
Liaison Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Louise Millette
Director, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sustainable Development Office Manager
Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
EDDEC Institute

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The EDDEC Institute is an interuniversity institute whose mission is to support and promote the training, research and the influence of the University of Montreal, HEC Montreal and Polytechnique Montreal, on environment, sustainable development and circular economy in a spirit of partnership and interaction between the three institutions and the community. Academically, the EDDEC Institute was the forerunner in North America on the theme of the circular economy. Since 2014, the Institute has involved more than sixty researchers from the campus from all disciplines to study all the facets of this new socioeconomic paradigm. One of the fruits of this mobilization was the development of an exhaustive, interdisciplinary, innovative and original research program.

In August 2015, the Institute has pioneered the formation of a committee of fifteen strategic stakeholders to work on the transition towards a circular economy in Quebec and to ensure a dialogue with the community. In the absence of a consensus definition at the international level, the committee co-built a Quebec definition of circular economy. The proposed definition is: “Circular economy is production, exchange and consumption systems considered to optimize the use of resources at all stages of the life cycle of a good or a service, while reducing the footprint environmental and contributing to the well-being of individuals and communities”.

Furthermore, in addition to having supported the development of new graduate programs incorporating circular economy, the Institute launched in May 2016, the first summer school in circular economy in Canada.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Research
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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