In 2022, Dawson was named Sustainability Institution of the year by the International Green Gown Awards and in 2021, the college won the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal climate action award. In 2020, the college was awarded a GOLD level certification in the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System (STARS) classification of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the global leader in the recognition of sustainability in higher education. The extensive reporting process of the STARS certification allowed Dawson College to systematically evaluate the integration of sustainability in its academics, student services, operations, governance, and operations.
Being the first cégep in Québec to receive this award, they have undoubtedly become leaders in Canada’s educational sector, even inspiring fellow Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) members to follow suit. With this news, they hope to not only accelerate the momentum of their own sustainability efforts, but most importantly, to inspire other schools, communities, organizations, and employers in their work for the well-being of all.
The following are just some of the projects that were implemented by Dawson College:
- Through their Living Campus platform, Dawson College aims to promote the use of high-impact educational learning practices, and provide experiential, collaborative learning opportunities which help reconnect people, community, and nature. At its core, the program aims to advance the understanding and teaching of sustainability in a well-rounded manner by integrating it in every aspect of campus life.
- Dawson College hosts the Sustainable Happiness (SH) Certificate Programs which are offered to students, employees, as well as members of the community. Participants in the programs are introduced to the concept of sustainable happiness and explore its implications, both personally and professionally. Strategies to integrate this concept into curricula are continuously developed.
Ecometrica are very proud of the supporting role they have played in helping Dawson College obtain a GOLD level certification in the STARS system.