Climate change is a global emergency that requires collective action, at all levels and across all sectors. (SDG 13 & SDG 17)
Global Goals Week is about action, awareness, and accountability for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A sustainable future requires each of us to do our part – SDG 13 challenges us to take urgent action to combat climate change. Our new milestone report asks the question: Are We Ready?
The climate change emergency requires urgent collective action. Our new report details the role colleges and institutes play in addressing climate change and supporting Canada’s transition to a net-zero economy.
“Are We Ready?” is a scan and compilation of college and institute leadership in climate action across three crucial areas: Curriculum, Applied Research and Community Engagement, and Campus Infrastructure and Indigenous Approaches to Sustainability.
- The report reveals how colleges and institutes integrate principles of sustainability across program disciplines to address skills needed in the green economy; showcases how applied research helps businesses and community organizations find innovative solutions to lower their carbon footprints; and highlights strategies to plan for sustainability and energy efficiency when building infrastructure, both on and off campus.
This report is not only a showcase, but also a resource to inspire more post-secondary leaders to act in the fight to combat climate change. Share it widely!
And, don’t miss our first climate workshop: Is our curriculum ready to support a low-carbon economy?
- Be among the first to dive into a brand-new report! The latest research reveals that approximately 10% of all our member programs incorporate the principles of sustainability. But is that enough to support the workforce needs of a low-carbon economy? Workshop: September 21.
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- SDG 15: We need biodiversity to improve air quality. Plant and land biodiversity is one of the biggest contributors to good air quality. With around 40% of Canada’s land base covered in forests, we are incredibly lucky, but we also need to ensure we conserve this natural gift.
- SDG 12: Sustainable food ensures a sustainable future. Did you know that Earth Overshoot Day fell on July 28 this year? That’s the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth can regenerate each year.
- SDG 7: We all have a role to play in energy efficiency. Did you know that renewable energy sources currently provide about 18% of Canada’s total primary energy supply? Water, wind, and biomass are the most common.
- SDG 8 & SDG 9: Strong and successful small businesses make resilient and sustainable communities. Did you know that small businesses make up more than 98% of employer businesses in Canada and employ more than 10 million individuals? That’s a huge footprint and represents almost two thirds (64%) of the total labour force!
Don’t forget: The SDG Accord is the education sector’s collective response to the Global Goals.
- The Accord inspires, celebrates, and advances the critical role of education in delivering on the SDGs.As signatories, we maximize the impact of our efforts, share knowledge, commit to doing more, and hold each other accountable. So far, we have 34 member signatories. Your institution could join next!
Listen: The newest addition to our 50th anniversary podcast!
Did you know colleges and institutes have been working overseas since CICan’s was founded in the 1970’s? Dive into the successes of our international programs throughout the years. This episode features special guests Paul Brennan, a former Vice President of International Partnerships at CICan; Marie-Josee Fortin, one of CICan’s current Directors of International Partnership and Gerry Brown, former President and CEO of CICan. Moderated by Alain Roy, Vice President of International Partnerships.
Help develop resources to support construction and manufacturing trades employers (SDG 8)
Be a part of a new working group that will develop resources and tools to help small and medium-sized employers in the construction and manufacturing trades to recruit, hire, and retain new first-year apprentices, especially those from equity-deserving groups. Deadline: October 10.
Event: Join us at the Indigenous Education Symposium
Reminder: Our first in-person Indigenous Education Symposium in more than two years (due to the pandemic) is coming up in October! Join us in Québec City on the unceded territory of the Huron-Wendat Nation to discuss our shared visions and responsibilities when it comes to advancing truth and reconciliation. October 24-26.
On the blog: It’s time to reimagine the tourism industry (SDG 8)
As Canada re-imagines it’s long-term tourism strategy, ensuring that workers have the right skills and see the industry as a path to good, high-quality jobs will be instrumental to the sector’s success. We have some recommendations!
Reminder: Join the 50-30 Challenge (SDG 5 & SDG 10)
We’re an ecosystem partner, which means we are committed to bringing our sector together in ways that support equity, diversity, and inclusion! Join the challenge to participate in our upcoming national initiatives to address structural and systemic barriers to inclusion.
Reminder: Help develop microcredentials that support newcomer success in Canadian workplaces (SDG 4)
Join our brand-new working group! We need colleges and institutes from across the country to help develop, implement, and deliver three new microcredentials focused on Communication, Collaboration, and Adaptability. Deadline: September 30
Did you know that Humber College recently developed an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) toolkit for professors and instructors? The toolkit provides a framework for instruction that fosters belonging in the classroom and is a practical resource for Humber educators who want to ensure EDI is woven through their curriculum and classroom. The toolkit is now available to all post-secondary educators! (SDG 10)
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