Sustainable growth: after the strategic plan, right here is the motion plan

Last year, the Sustainable Development Unit (UDD) presented a 2021-2023 strategic plan with the aim of improving operational and decision-making processes in terms of sustainable development. The action plan complements this and presents in a very concrete way the steps to be followed so that UofC can diagnose its situation and set initial goals for 2023. “This short-term action plan is an important milestone. First of all, we have to establish the starting line so that we can eventually understand our progress with regard to the panoply of projects that contribute to sustainable development in UofM”, says Ronald Jean-Gilles, director of the UDD.

“At the Sustainable Development Unit, our job is to bring together members of the UofM community around the sustainable development plan. We seek to support the student community and accompany the units in the implementation of our socio-ecological transition”, he continues.

The action plan addresses nine strategic themes: real estate, mobility, biodiversity, combating climate change, supply, food, training and research, social commitment and integration of the principles of sustainable development.

Of the 46 actions presented, all accompanied by indicators and means of implementation, ten of them are considered priorities. Thirteen additional actions go “beyond the plan” and therefore set the stage for what comes next. In the fight against climate change, the preferred action is to establish a global greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plan to bring EMU to carbon neutrality by 2040. So, in terms of sustainable mobility, we prioritize the reduction of the carbon footprint. carbon from business travel. “This is the thing we hear most often when we present the action plan,” says Ronald Jean-Gilles. We have a number of initiatives in place to measure our GHG emissions and encourage good habits, and the UDD is working on a global greenhouse gas reduction plan and tool to help with business travel decisions.”

We should also mention composting and sustainable eating – student priorities that are highlighted in this plan. “Among other things, we will increase the proportion of Quebec foods and plant-based meals. We will be adding collection points for composting in new halls and sectors by the start of the school year. We will also identify new places for urban agriculture at the University”, says Ronald Jean-Gilles. Indeed, solutions rooted in nature and the addition of protected mountain areas to promote biodiversity will be part of UofM’s sustainable development paraphernalia for years to come. “The action plan presented today allows us to take more steps towards lasting change in university life. The path will be long, but punctuated with success”, he concludes.

To learn about all the actions of the Transition Plan for Sustainable Campuses, visit ummontreal.ca/transition. To delve into the heart of sustainable action at UofM, visit the Sustainable Development Unit’s website.

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