“Sustainability is the process and outcome of achieving social justice, economic equality and environmental health by reducing our ecological footprint & empowering communities”.
Sustainable Concordia is a resource initiative that takes action to reform, transform, and revolutionize unjust systems contributing to climate crisis by connecting students, faculty, administration, and the wider community.
Sustainable Concordia envisions a university which teaches and demonstrates sustainability principles of ecological health, social justice, and economic equality. We envision a university which is run non-hierarchically by students, staff, faculty, and administration in a process based on transparency and maximum participation. This wide-spread participation will foster a ‘Living Laboratory’ in which all members of the community are encouraged to bring forward ideas and projects to further the shift to a more sustainable society. Through its partnerships, this university would advocate publicly in solidarity with global sustainability issues to become an agent of change.
Our Strategic Directions And S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Act as an accessible community resource that provides opportunities for skill sharing and education.
- Continuously improve the quality of Organizing Sustainability by forming feedback sessions at the end of every semester and provide an opportunity for students who completed the workshop to co-facilitate
- Introduce and integrate NGO financial (literacy) training as part of the yearly on-boarding process and professional development opportunity for Board Members- To complete the initial pilot (testing) session by January 2022.
- Raise awareness about the potential of investing as a driver/barrier for sustainable development through research and investing by January 2022.
- Diversify the evaluation method of the OS workshop from just surveys by adding 2 different methods of evaluation along with the exit survey starting from the Winter 2021 session as well as establishing metrics to measure the accessibility of OS co-facilitation to ensure that students from all backgrounds are motivated to apply
- Establishing a method for pick-ups from the resource library that comply with Covid-19 safety measures
Strive for organizational excellence in a way that is responsive to intersectional realities.
- Create a comprehensive vision for which policies should be implemented in 2022 and work through said policies – vision to be completed by November 2021
- Updating our internship policy & procedure to be able to more frequently & effectively offer internship opportunities, to be completed by December 2021
- Updating onboarding procedure for the Board of Directors positions to be utilized at our next AGM in September 2021 (provide intro video to SC; talk about board member goals & professional development in the application period; provide shortened version of linktree orientating documaking to board applicants, and the full version to elected members; make google drive folders specific to board members accessible; provide more clear information of board experience & expectations via written description, testimonials, and short videos from current and past board members; provide awareness introduction to the Sustainability community and our relationship to it; providing more relevant training for returning board members; facilitate world cafe to introduce board members to the coordinators and their committees)
- Updating coordinator, and intern onboarding procedure to create a more comprehensive, accessible and effective transition process by January 2022
- Update off-boarding process for coordinators to open space for critical reflection, organizational improvement, and maintaining institutional memory by January 2022
- Improving the bi-annual feedback form to make it more relevant, appropriate and reasonable in it’s design and intended outcomes, and ensuring it’s separation from the contract renewal processes – to be completed by October 2021
- Improving & updating coordinator contract renewal process so that it’s more healthy, relevant & appropriate in accordance with the needs & context of coordinators – to be completed by October 2021
Practice advocacy with communities through direct action involving
the Concordia University Administration and decision makers who work within unjust systems.
- Maintain relationships with Administration and stay present in the implementation of the Sustainability Action Plans to keep them transparent, ambitious, and student-driven
- Hold the Concordia University Foundation accountable to their commitment to fully Divest their portfolio from coal, oil, and gas by 2025
- Follow the progress of the Concordia University Foundation’s commitments to have 100% sustainable investments and to double their impact investments by 2025, by attending the Joint Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee (JSIAC) meeting on a monthly basis and by challenging their decisions
Encourage and take initiative in activism to address the climate crisis.
- Support student-led climate justice campaigns and projects with our institutional knowledge, grassroots organizing experience, and educational tools
- Support and contextually deepen the LPSU strike plans and the CSU annual campaign until the end of the school year by connecting relevant organizations, offering educational materials and experience.
- Connect OS participants with ways that they can engage and/or volunteer online with existing community groups/Organizations which need volunteers and engagement. Make the resources shareable before the next OS (winter semester)
Build and deepen our connections with local and global communities to foster resilient networks.
- Collaborate with Concordia based and community organizations on at least 3 online educational events/activities such as panel discussions and/or workshops on different aspects of sustainability by the end of the Summer semester 2021
- To facilitate constructive dialogues between sustainability communities and investing communities by attending monthly meetings with Club d’Investissement Responsable du Quebec (CIRQ) and by increasing the Sustainable Investing Project (SIP)’s tangible presence with John Molson School of Business students