Build Efficient and Sustainable Operations

 

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At an academic department meeting in November 2020, during a discussion about the future of campus research space, a faculty member evoked the Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.“Have always in view,” the Constitution advises, “not only the present but also the coming generations.” UTM embraces this vision as the basis for campus-wide action. We foster a culture of sustainability and professional competence that cares for communities in the present and stewards our environments and resources for communities in the future.

Guided by our Academic, Sustainability and Campus Master Plans, UTM opens undergraduate and graduate sustainability pathways and facilitates opportunities for sustainability-focused research discovery and entrepreneurship. We invest in teaching and research that measures, models and mitigates climate crisis. We promote sustainability in our campus and civic engagements, collaborating on food sovereignty, climate adaptation and land-based ecological projects with Credit Valley Conservation, the City of Mississauga, Peel district schools and Indigenous partners, among others. We enact changes that ensure the sustainability of our physical plant and our operations, designing green and accessible buildings and spaces, and developing innovative methods for managing our communal resources and business processes effectively.

These and all our efforts in teaching, learning and research rely on the ingenuity of the campus’s operational teams who, alongside our instructors, researchers, students and external partners, promote UTM’s resilience in innumerable ways. They design IT solutions to administrative and academic problems; build and maintain world-class facilities; and practice expert care for a physical environment of distinct biodiversity and beauty. Our campus provides nutritious food sourced fairly and hosts events that connect UTM to the broader community. By implementing prudent budget plans and ambitious fundraising campaigns, by balancing growth with sustainability, our operational teams secure the institution’s long term health. Leveraging their expertise, UTM nurtures a campus in which present and future generations can take pride—a site for responsible development, ecological flourishing and equitable opportunity.


Commitments

  • Design green buildings and spaces that enhance belonging, biodiversity and operational success.
  • Foster sustainability across our academic and research programs and through our external engagements. 
  • Identify and implement innovative approaches to the responsible stewardship of our environmental, infrastructural, technological and financial resources.

Accountabilities

  • Have we enacted the guiding principles of UTM’s Master Plan, opening buildings and spaces that enhance our campus’s beauty and ecological health and promote community vitality and connection?
  • Have we met targets set in UTM’s Sustainability Strategic Plan?
  • Have we sought other opportunities, measures and paradigms to adapt to planetary challenges, including food insecurity and climate crisis?
  • Have we implemented systems and practices such as budget processes, IT infrastructure, and space and building management systems that utilize resources responsibly, according to our values and priorities?
  • Have we identified areas in which we can grow and what we must relinquish to grow sustainably?