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A Season of Change 1:Shift gears with TravelWise and Bikeshare!Tyler Plante, Laurier Sustainability OfficeStaff Development Day, June 23, 2015

Feel free to ask questions Ill make a note and get back to you!1

AgendaWho are we? The BIG IssueWhat is Alternative Transportation?Why should you care?What is Alternative Transportation at Laurier?TravelWiseCAB BikeshareThe Oprah momentaka. Prizes!!


Who are we?

At Laurier, the scope of sustainability involves education, operations, and community relations. Laurier will be better equipped to respond to emerging trends and opportunities by effectively managing sustainability in the short, medium, and long term.

Ecosystems, EH&S, geography - Land use, habitat management, air quality, food health, invasive speciesSupply-chains, resource management, policy, development - Local economies, material flows, continuous improvement, life-cycle managementEnv justice, poverty & human rights, diversity & equity, governance, community - Monopoly on resources, access to resources, community partnerships, fair trade, child labour & poverty


Who are we?

4Slide 6 Impact:The scope and impact of the Sustainability Office has grown significantly in the last several years to include areas such as project management for capital, facilities and academic program development projects, major reporting, and presenting at local, national, and international lectures and conferences. Many of these initiatives have resulted in cost-savings, ongoing revenue generation, and significant reputational advancement.

EMS, Machouse water harvesting flooding, pipes, Expositor security, community garden erosion

Reporting AASHE, COU, Deloitte/audits, SWR, Green Energy Act, WLU, WLUSU, WLUGSA - multicampus

Open Space Courtyard, Medicinal gardenWater systems water harvesting (cistern & garden)Waste MOLOKS, indoor, e-waste, Engagement energy comp, student vote project

Presenting, Lecturing, Mentoring site visits from Universities, harley-davidson, conestoga mall, presenting at energy forums (schneiders), AASHE, universities, OAPPA lucid dashboard

Slide 7 Sustainability Action Plan:International reporting (Australia)

Overall capital and ops water fill, central waste, MOLOKS, racks

Slide 10 Opportunities:International reporting (Australia)

Overall capital and ops water fill, central waste, MOLOKS, racksResiliency efficient, compliance, reputationServices - HR link for new employees, sustainability map, guide. Motivation custodial staff, Leader - ie. Climateactionplan, reurbanization

Talking points:Creation: The office was created in response to and support by the Laurier Students a few years ago students petitioned to have a sustainability office and we are now funded by the students union! So, thank you I have a job because of all of you!Governance/structure: We live in the physical resources department. This makes sense as its spans departments and faculties and is responsible for getting shovels in the ground. A lot of our projects have focused on energy efficiency and building design (e.g., the RAC RCE & RCW is a LEED Gold building - Laurier's new Sustainable Design Guidelines and Sustainability Action Plan mandate that all new buildings follow LEED protocol. Brantford Committee was launched but never picked up steam about 2 years ago.

Accountability:We report to a body called AASHE through the STARS program similar to LEED but for universities and colleges. Weve actually been profiled for best practices in the past and Claire has spoken at the annual conference. Our most recent report was awarded Silver.We have developed and annually update and publish our Sustainability Action Plan. The purpose of Lauriers Sustainability Action Plan is to strategically develop sustainability initiatives across our campuses. Having identified our sustainability status at Laurier, the next step is to plan a transparent response. Based on overarching goals, the Plans action items respond to specific ways the university can achieve the defined targets. The action items form the basis of projects that will guide the progress of the Sustainability Office, which are organized into milestones throughout a five year period. Local:Brantford Transportation Demand Management PlanClimate Action PlanRegional Carbon Initiative

ScopeOperationsCapital projects Facilities & business operations

EducationCurriculum new and improved courses, CSLPrograms educational offeringsOutreach prof. development, training, marketing, media

Community PartnershipsInternal - student groups, departments, etc.External community groups and orgs

Who are we?

At Laurier, the scope of sustainability involves education, operations, and community relations. Laurier will be better equipped to respond to emerging trends and opportunities by effectively managing sustainability in the short, medium, and long term.


Sustainable Waterloo Region

Pledging Partner: Reduce GHGs by 25% over 10 yrs

Emission reductions equal 10% in 2012 and 14% in 2013Scope 1, 2, & 3 emissions: Electricity, natural gas, fuel, water, waste, business air travel

Who are we?


ReflectionDid you drive alone today?


ReflectionDo you always drive alone?


ReflectionHow often do you consider not driving alone?AlwaysSometimesNever



Image source: NOAA

Im not a climate scientist, and Im not here to debate the science. Im simply setting the context for our conversation.

The scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal (IPCC). Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.110

The BIG Issue

Image source: NOAA

This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures. The 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. The year 2014 ranks as the warmest on record. (Source:NASA/GISS).

The Copenhagen Accord, 2009 established: the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below two degrees Celsiuswe agree that deep cuts in global emissions are required... so as to hold the increase in global temperature below two degrees Celsius

So far, we've raised the average temperature of the planet just under 0.8 degrees Celsius, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected.

Read more:


The BIG Issue

Pipeline Smokestack

Four-Oh-One. This 897 km stretch of concrete has the honor of being North Americas busiest highway by traffic volume. It is also one of the widest in the world and as it passes through Toronto it becomes the third most congested highway in the world! In 2011 an independent assessment confirmed that the highway saw an average of 500,000 vehicles per day; more than the Santa Monica Freeway in Los Angeles.

The BIG Issue

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Source

Source:IPCC (2007);based on global emissions from 2004. Details about the sources included in these estimates can be found in theContribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


40% of Local Emissions

The BIG Issue

In addition, about 40% of our local Carbon Emissions emissions come from transportationThat leads to climate change, smog & urban heat islands, etc.

The Region has set a GHG reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020.14

The BIG Issue Public Health, 2014

Were already growing faster than the provincial average and are projected to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.15

The BIG Issue

Laurier Modal Split (2014)


The BIG Issue

Laurier Modal Split Trend (2012-2014)

We made small progress in 2013, but in 2014 were back moving in the wrong direction. Why is this?17

The BIG IssueThe paradox: How can we continue to grow while improving environmental quality to preserve a livable planet?

How can we continue to grow, while improving access and mobility, while also improving the environmental quality to preserve a livable planet?18

Be more thoughtful about how we move.

We need to deepen our understanding of how our spaces and places are connected and how the ways we choose to move between them impacts the larger systems that sustain us.The BIG Issue

There is growing recognition that cycling contributes to reducing obesity, traffic congestion, and climate change; improves quality of life by enhancing social cohesion and inclusion; enhances economic development through tourism and leisure and combats rising transportation costs.19

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