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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 45.51
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Waterloo
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada

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:

SDSN Canada is part of a global SDSN movement to build a network of universities, research centers, civil society organizations, and knowledge institutions. With over 700 participating institutions worldwide, SDSN members work together, to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
As a host of the SDSN Canadian network, the University of Waterloo will use its position as home to Canada’s largest Faculty of Environment to share knowledge, activate research and help solve the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society, thus opening up exciting new opportunities of collaboration for Waterloo.

In collaboration with participating universities and partners, SDSN Canada will:
o Build an on-going pan-Canadian network of post-secondary institutions, civil society, and others, to facilitate learning and accelerate problem solving for sustainable development
o Link Canadian experts to the global SDSN and to global discussions on a universal agenda for sustainable development
o Organize national/sub-national sustainable development meetings bringing together key actors to identify and promote regional solutions initiatives
o Foster debate on sustainable development within Canadian academia and society more broadly
o Conduct action-oriented research that helps Canada adopt and implement policies and practices that provide international leadership in sustainability
o Develop and continually improve educational programming for sustainable development

The University of Waterloo takes a special role in founding the effort within Canada, including coordinating with SDSN and UN global officials, providing startup funding for network activities, initiating the launch of the network and new member recruitment, hosting web and other in-kind resources, chairing the leadership council, and hiring the SDSN Canada Manager, who is already working with government, civil society, and other institutions to develop initial projects and initiatives for the Network.


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

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