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What is sustainability?

A common definition for sustainability across all activities — teaching, research, operations, community engagement and beyond — is an essential strategic step that will guide all sustainability initiatives at Concordia in a common direction.

Sustainability at Concordia is a mindset and a process that leads to reducing our ecological footprint and enhancing social well-being while maintaining economic viability both on and off campus.
This process of sustainability is developed through a governance system based on shared vision and responsibility that fulfills Concordia’s current needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
To be sustainable in our decisions and activities is to take a long-term perspective, recognize resource capacities and balance the interconnected nature of our environment, society and economy.
Sustainable Food Festival 2011

Sustainability assessment & recommendations

In order to understand the scope of sustainability at Concordia and to better implement future sustainable strategies, it is essential to assess the different aspects of sustainability at Concordia.

Two guiding frameworks are currently used: 

  • An external self-reporting system: the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS)
  • An internal sustainability assessment: the Concordia Campus Sustainability Assessment (CCSA)
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