Incorporate climate planning into university governance and operations
Efforts supporting this target
– Travel and Conference Policy
Effective January 2022, a sustainability clause was included within the new Travel and Conference Policy. It encourages all travelers to make transportation and all other choices with sustainability in mind. Railway travel is considered a low-emission mode of transportation and is a recommended alternative to air travel when possible. As per Concordia’s Travel and Conferences Handbook for staff and faculty, those travelling for business purposes are entitled to a 15% discount. As well, regardless of the cost in comparison to economy airfare, they may choose to travel in business class when travelling between Montreal and the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec.
– Employee Sustainability Ambassadors Program
Employee sustainability ambassadors have support in increasing the sustainability of their department. Through peer-to-peer activities, they help bring about a positive culture change at the university. Through targeted training by sustainability professionals at Concordia in areas like facilities management, zero-waste and hospitality, ambassadors are encouraged to adopt plans and procedures that further support campus emissions reductions.
Learn more by enrolling in a course related to sustainable energy management
Related Sustainable Development Goal
Attain Vélosympathique Gold rating at both campuses
Five fields of action for Vélosympathique certification
Field of action
Highlights / Progress
Sir George Williams campus Total number of bicycle parking spaces = 646
Total number of indoor secure bicycle parking spaces = 80
Loyola campus Total number of bicycle parking spaces = 264
Total number of indoor secure bicycle parking spaces = 0
The Office of Sustainability organized Sustainable Transportation Month in September 2021. Events, workshops and competitions were hosted with the goal of encouraging community members to use sustainable modes of transportation such as bicycling.
During Sustainable Transportation Month, bicyclists received free coffee at participating on-campus cafés. There were also several prizes for community members using sustainable transportation.
Evaluation & Planning
Concordia disseminates a commuter habits survey to evaluate the percentage of community members bicycling to campus as part of their regular commute. The survey also evaluates factors that influence bicycling as a mode of transportation and seeks feedback on current and future bicycling services.
Category newly added in 2022; in development
Efforts supporting this target
Events, workshops and competitions organized as part of Sustainable Transportation Month
Achieve 100% sustainable investments for the Concordia University Foundation (CUF)
As of April 30, 2022, 66% sustainable investments has been achieved for the Concordia University Foundation.
Sustainable investments were calculated using a proprietary ESG scoring system that rates portfolio managers on five categories as well as on their return target versus achievement. Once both are above average, the investment is considered sustainable. This practice was done on the entire portfolio to determine that 66% of the investments are considered sustainable.
End all investments in the coal, oil and gas sectors for the Concordia University Foundation (CUF)
The percentage of investments is calculated using the CUF’s exposure to The Carbon Underground 200. Globally recognized as the screening standard for being fossil free, The Carbon Underground 200 identifies the top 200 global publicly listed coal, oil, and gas reserves owners ranked by the carbon emissions embedded in their reserves.
Achieve 10% in social or environmental impact investments for the Concordia University Foundation (CUF)
As of April 30, 2022, 5.5% in social or environmental impact investments has been achieved for the Concordia University Foundation. Within the impact investment portfolio, eight funds are mission-related investments, aligning with and directly achieving the CUF’s mission and themes.
Efforts supporting these targets
Creation of an investment policy review subcommittee that is examining the CUF investment policy with a goal to fully integrate sustainability within the portfolio construction while achieving its risk-adjusted return targets