Many indicators of success will be qualitative and can be measured through surveys, social media metrics, and interviews. Quantitative metrics items such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy and water usage can be measured using data obtained from sub-meters and monthly utility bills. Audits, such as our annual waste audit, will be used to measure our waste reduction and diversion rate.
This Action Plan spans five years. Therefore goals and actions will be achievable in the short to medium-term. Short-term actions will take place in the first two years and medium term actions will be undertaken in years three to five.
The Sustainability Office reports annually on progress to a variety of stakeholders, including Laurier’s Building and Properties Committee, Laurier’s Board of Governors and Sustainable Waterloo Region’s Regional Sustainability Initiative. The Office also reports annually to the Council of Ontario Universities’ Going Greener Report (projects completed) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (annual GHG emissions and energy and water usage).
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