La planète s’invite à l’université

ÉTS reconfirms its commitment to fighting climate change

Thursday, March 14, 2019

On the eve of the global student strike for the climate, ÉTS is once again confirming its commitment to fighting climate change.

It has been 10 years since ÉTS adopted its Sustainable Development Policy, and its commitments in this area have advanced considerably.

By completely transforming an abandoned factory into an ultra-modern engineering school in the mid-1990s, ÉTS was able to recycle and reuse more than $1 million worth of equipment that was already onsite, and became a pioneer in terms of designing an intelligent building that would allow for the integration and interoperability of various building control systems with a view to optimal energy management.

That is how ÉTS came to establish its campus in the Griffintown neighbourhood in 1997, a campus that was intended to be inspiring and ground-breaking long before the concept of sustainable development in the built environment became the norm.

Therefore, in terms of being an educational and research institution that is concerned about the impacts of its activities on the environment, the economy and society as a whole, ÉTS is no Johnny-come-lately!

STARS Silver Rating
Within this context, ÉTS is proud to announce that it has attained a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Silver Rating for the quality of its initiatives in the area of sustainable development.

This Rating, which is granted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), represents the benchmark for institutes of higher learning with respect to sustainable development.

STARS provides a global presentation and evaluation framework that enables colleges and universities to measure their sustainable development performance using a set of criteria related to research, training, engagement, operations, planning and administration..

The process is extremely transparent, with all of the data provided by participating institutions available online (see: https://reports.aashe.org/institutions/ecole-de-technologie-superieure-qc/report).

It is worth noting that only 7 of the 950 institutions around the world that have received or are in the process of receiving a STARS Rating are located in Québec.

ÉTS attained its Silver Rating thanks to the significant proportion of its professors and researchers who are working on projects related to sustainable development, among other factors. In addition, many of its courses, programs, study and research projects and research chairs focus on a wide range of subjects related to sustainable development, including renewable energy sources, sustainable mobility, sustainable computing, and others.

ÉTS would like to thank all of its professors, researchers and educators, who have not only contributed to reducing the environmental footprint of the school, but also to the education of engineers who incorporate sustainable development into their work and their daily lives. ÉTS would also like to thank all of its employees, who pooled their considerable efforts to collect the information required in connection with all of the STARS criteria.

Demands from La planète s’invite à l’université
Considering that fact that the impacts of human activity on the environment and the upheavals caused by climate change can no longer be ignored, ÉTS supports the demands on governments and universities put forth by the group called La planète s’invite à l’université.

On March 14, during a panel discussion organized with the TribuTerre student club and featuring Dominic Champagne (Pact for Transition), Mohamed Cheriet (professor ÉTS), Raphaël Leblanc (President TribuTerre) and Laure Waridel (ecosociologist), ÉTS undertook to produce a first carbon audit in 2020. This process will allow ÉTS to better target the leading sources of GHG emissions on campus, and to reduce them.

ÉTS also plans to conduct an exhaustive analysis of its investments, with the goal of avoiding and divesting itself of any instruments that may be associated with fossil energy sources.

Dominic Champagne, Raphaël Leblanc, Laure Waridel, Mohamed Cheriet and Cédrick Pautel

Pact for Transition
Finally, ÉTS would like to take advantage of the global student strike for the climate to reconfirm its institutional commitment and encourage every member of the university community to do their part by changing their daily habits.

The Pact for Transition encourages citizens to make a commitment and take concrete action to reduce their carbon footprint, particularly by reducing their oil consumption, reducing their consumption in general, reducing waste and the production of waste, and eating less meat and more locally produced food.

ÉTS will hold a signature blitz between April 2 and 4 to encourage students, professors and employees to learn about the Pact and commit to signing it, just like more than 265,000 people have already done.

For more information concerning the Pact, visit www.lepacte.ca.
Working together through engineering, we can build a sustainable future!

For information :
Sébastien Langevin
Communication Officer - ÉTS
514 396-8664

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