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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 Gold
Overall Score 70.27
Liaison Leanne Shewchuk
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Manitoba
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Leanne Shewchuk
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

City of Winnipeg Landfill Advisory Committee:
The University of Manitoba’s administration actively participates in the City of Winnipeg’s Landfill Advisory Committee supporting policies to reduce the impact of landfill activities on the environment and the community.
https://wwdengage.winnipeg.ca/future-of-brady/clc/

City of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Group Advisory Committee:
The University of Manitoba’s administration actively participated in the City of Winnipeg’s Climate Action Group Advisory Committee supporting, providing advice for and endorsing a framework of local public policies to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
https://winnipeg.ca/sustainability/PublicEngagement/ClimateActionPlan/pdfs/WinnipegsClimateActionPlan.pdf


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba:
The University of Manitoba’s administration actively participates in a standing committee that advances and advocates sustainable procurement practices and policies in the public sector. The University supports and endorses Manitoba’s provincial Sustainable Development Act and its guidelines and principles.
https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/s270e.php
https://manitobasustainableprocurement.com/

Pediatric Health Advocacy:
The University of Manitoba administration supports and endorses social sustainability by actively participating in campaigns aiming to change public health and policy. The University advocates through discussions with provincial legislators in regards to the improvement of pediatric health.
https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/pediatrics/postgraduate/media/Health_Advocacy_Project.pdf


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus:
The University of Manitoba administration, through the University’s Natural Resources Institute, actively participate in the national Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus (EPA). The EPA supports and endorses the regulations of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to advance sustainability in Canadian communities, and campaigns to improve environmental planning and assessment legislation.
http://rcen.ca/caucus/environmental-planning-and-assessment

Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada:
The University of Manitoba’s administration, together with the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, actively participate in campaigning to the Canadian government for social and legal policy change. The University supports and endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and advocates on UNDRIP rights and standards.
http://law.robsonhall.com/research/aboriginal-law-policy/

National Water Rights:
Lead faculty researchers representing the University of Manitoba participate in awareness campaigns directed at the Canadian federal government regarding the water rights of First Nation communities across the country including non-potable drinking water and hazardous wastewater disposal issues. The University supports the change of current public policies regarding the environmental and social injustices on traditional Indigenous lands.
http://law.robsonhall.com/chrr/projects/water-rights/clean-drinking-water-and-safe-wastewater-advocacy-tips/


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA):
The University of Manitoba administration actively participates in campaigns to advocate for public health policies in Kenya. The University of Manitoba has led discussions with the Government of Kenya for new health policies regarding HIV/AIDS research and prevention. The University endorses and supports legislation that advances sustainability in Kenya.
http://www.phdaf.org/history/

Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT):
The University of Manitoba supports and advocates for the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust located in Karnataka, India. The University has led discussions with the Government of Karnataka to strengthen environmental and health legislation, ordinances and public policies in support of public health.
http://www.khpt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/KHPT-Brochure_Final.pdf


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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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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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.