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Impactful Updates

September 2020

1. SDG Spotlight

Humber Learning Outcomes Framework

Humber College, Ontario

In support of Humber College’s strategic mission, its community aims to represent their unique polytechnic identity through the development of global citizens who embody the knowledge and skills to lead and innovate. The Humber Learning Outcomes (HLO) framework is part of Humber College’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. The HLO framework articulates Humber College’s collective vision for and commitment to its students’ learning. They describe the attributes – knowledge, skills, competencies and values – that all students will possess upon graduation. The HLO framework includes three key mindsets that are crucial to the well-being and prosperity of individuals and communities: equity, diversity and inclusion; sustainability; and systems thinking.  The foundation of competencies for the sustainability mindset is the SDGs. The HLO framework is designed to help students articulate the skills and mindsets they acquire through the polytechnic model to succeed in the rapidly changing future of work.

Dawson SDG Activity Database

Dawson College, Quebec

Dawson SDG Activity Database includes every course, activity, club and event offered at Dawson College. The database demonstrates how each course, activity, and club links to any of the 17 SDGs. The database will be updated every semester to include new courses or initiatives that link to the SDGs. Students and staff members at Dawson College can mine the database. The database serves as a guide to understand the presence of the SDGs within our institution. In the Fall of 2020, events and courses that link to the SDGs will be identified with one or more SDG icons.

2. ImpAct Internships

 Increase your capacity to advance your SDG-aligned initiative!

Hire an intern for up to 6 months in a position that will help at least 3 UN Sustainable Development Goals. CICan will contribute up to 100% of the intern’s salary or participation fees, to a maximum of $10,000!

Don’t wait to bring a new intern to your team! Subsidies are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Apply today!

3. SDG News from CICan

Webinar: Implementing inclusive and equitable quality education to ensure no one gets left behind (webinar will be delivered in French)

On September 22nd, 2020, from 11am to 12pm EDT, the webinar will begin with David Schimpky, Director of Secretariat, Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Following his remarks, a panel will share an in-depth analysis of SDG 4 as well as best practices that can be implemented on your campus to build a future where all people have access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities. Members of the panel include:

  • Roch Ducharme, Director, Centre de recherche pour l’inclusion des personnes en situation de handicap
  • Pierre-Antoine Descôteaux, Founding member, CAN Youth Network and Co-founder, Alliance en développement durable de l’Université Laval
  • Judi Varga-Toth, Manager, ImpAct Partnership Services, Colleges and Institutes Canada

CICan SDG Award of Excellence

For the first time, CICan is preparing to celebrate our members’ commitments to the SDGs by inaugurating the SDG Awards of Excellence for 2021.

Global Goals Week

Between September 18th and 26th, the United Nations’ Global Goals Week will bring people together to accelerate the progress on the SDGs with a week of action, awareness and accountability. In recognition of Global Goals Week, CICan will have a social media campaign that highlights the work that our colleges and institutes are doing to advance the SDGs on Facebook and Twitter so be sure to follow us! In addition, we will be releasing a Special Perspectives on September 21st, which will highlight SDG activities taking place at CICan and by our members. Subscribe to Perspectives today if you would like to receive our Special Perspectives on September 21st.

Open Education Resource: SDG Toolkit for Canadian Colleges and Institutes

CICan is excited to share that we have developed an open education resource on the SDGs that is designed to showcase, inspire and support our members to recognize and scale up their efforts in advancing the UN SDGs.

4. SDG Services

Virtual SDG presentation or roundtable

Is your institution interested in growing your understanding of and taking action to advance the SDGs? If so, Judi Varga-Toth, Manager, ImpAct Partnership Services at CICan, is offering to lead virtual presentations or roundtables. In her interactive sessions, she will facilitate dynamic discussions on the SDGs. She will be able to provide insightful examples related to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and 17 SDGs to inspire and enable your peers to scale up their social and environmental objectives or to drive an inclusion agenda. If you are interested, please send us an email at ImpAct@collegesinstitutes.ca and we will be happy to work with you to make that happen.

5. SDG-related Activities

Debate on the Future of Higher Education

On September 23, 2020, the McLaughlin College Union presents an inaugural debate from 1:30pm to 3:00pm to answer whether the changes of COVID-19 will transition the future of higher education from the traditional in-person on site mode of delivery to remote and/or online virtual modes of delivery. This debate will be moderated by James C. Simeon. The panelists include: Charles Hopkins, Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, David Leyton-Brown, and Jennine Rawana. Register for the Inaugural Debate on the Future of Higher Education today!

Project In-Kind: Student Edition

Project In-Kind is the first global in-kind impact movement and online platform supporting the UN SDGs. With the support of the Government of Canada, “Project In-Kind: Student Edition” was launched to inspire and empower UN SDGs impact activities on Canadian campuses. Resources and information can be found on their website and social media @projectinkind.

#EconSustainability

The Economist is hosting Sustainability Virtual Week from October 5th to 9th. During this week, there will discussions that will explore how companies can move further and faster towards a greener future.

Toward Carbon Neutrality in Higher Education: Cost-Effective, Actionable Pathways to a Net-Zero Future

Climate week takes place from September 21st to 27th. Second Nature, Government of Quebec, and Ecosystem Energy Services organizes a webinar on September 24th to discuss the long-term planning and implementation of campus decarbonization, exploring actionable and cost-effective pathways to progress.

Sustainable Development Impact Summit

As part of the Sustainable Development Impact Summit, the World Economic Forum curated a list of must-watch talks from September 21st to 24th.

6. SDG Research and Reports

3% Project’s Opportunity Report: 22 Ideas for a Sustainable Future

The Foundation for Environmental Stewardship highlights 22 opportunities to create a more inclusive, fair, prosperous, and sustainable future in the report.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions for Cities by the 2020 Local Pathways Fellows 

In the report, the 2020 cohort of Local Pathways Fellows shared and proposed a set of solutions to address the targets of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.