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Massive Impact

The Massive Impact project is a five-year pan-Canadian initiative aimed at increasing awareness and promoting behavior change in order to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions within the college and institute sector.

As part of the project, CICan has pledged to consult with members to take action to fight climate change. Together we will:

  • Critically contribute to Canadas’s goal “to cut GHG emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050 while creating good middle-class jobs.”
  • Commit to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 13, by taking immediate steps to promote awareness and behaviour change around GHG emissions and their impacts.
  • Promote behavioural change and enhance institutional engagement towards reducing GHG impact.

The project rests on three pillars that will provide colleges and institutes with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to support students, faculty, staff, their local communities and employers so that they may change their behaviours and reduce their GHG emissions:

Campus GHG Reduction Awareness

We will work with colleges, institutes and external partners to develop a GHG emission reduction awareness-raising campaign. Together we will identify gaps in students’ knowledge or abilities in building trades and landscape management as they relate to emissions reduction and climate action so that faculty can be trained to fill such gaps and better support our future leader’s learning. The campaign will distribute materials on the relationship between GHG emissions and climate change. Lastly, we will work with participating colleges and institutes to develop an Emission Reduction Mentorship Program for faculty and staff and a Campus Emissions Inventory Tool for sustainability and facilities staff.

Green Buildings and Indigenous Land Stewardship

This phase of the project will identify best practices for green buildings based on LEEDS standards for specific trades such as construction, engineering, electrical, heating, and landscape management, with the goal of developing train-the-trainer model for faculty. The resources will concentrate on why and how to reduce GHG emissions in new and existing building stock, landscape management, and land-based stewardship to achieve carbon sequestration.

Campus Living Labs

We will offer support to colleges and institutes in developing living lab projects to demonstrate ways to implement GHG emission reductions in areas such as, food, waste, transportation, green building/landscape, and indigenous knowledge and practices. Once created, faculty and students will invite their local communities and employers to participate in their Living Labs either in person, or virtually in order to raise awareness about climate change and the importance of reducing GHG emissions.

National Planning Committees

Two advisory committees have been created to guide the project, bringing the perspectives of large, small, urban, rural and Northern institutions from across the country:

  • Campus GHG Reduction National Planning Committee
  • Green Buildings and Indigenous Land Stewardship National Planning Committee

Partners

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Fast Facts

  • Up to 30 colleges and institute to participate in the demonstration projects.
  • 2 Project Working Groups and 2 National Planning Committees support the work of the Massive ImpAct project.

Funded By

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
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