Sustainability Policy

Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future ones to meet their own needs (Bruntland, 1987). It incorporates the values of ecological integrity, social equity and economic viability, recognizing that they are connected and interdependent.


Given the legitimacy and broad acceptance of the concept and practice of sustainability as a critical 21st century value;

Given Dawson’s mission as an educational institution to maintain standards of academic excellence essential to our students’ future success;

Given the environmental impact generated by an institution of Dawson’s size;

The College has a two-fold responsibility:

To act as an ecologically and socially responsible agent;

To advance academically the understanding, research on, and teaching of sustainability;

Therefore, on the advice of Senate, the Board of Governors of Dawson College adopts the following:


Dawson shall implement and maintain a College-wide sustainability management plan;

Dawson shall develop simple and measurable sustainability benchmarks and performance indicators;

Dawson shall promote environmental literacy to the College community, when appropriate, as part of College programs of study and courses.

The administration shall provide the Dawson Board of Governors with a sustainability report and action plan at least once per year;

The Dawson Board of Governors mandates the Director General to strike a Sustainability Steering Committee that will, in consultation with College management, provide guidance for the implementation of the sustainability policy;

The Dawson College Sustainability Policy shall be reviewed by the Steering Committee once every three years, unless otherwise warranted, with appropriate recommendations concerning the policy proposed to Senate and the Board of Governors. 


Bruntland, G. 1987. Our Common Future: The Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development

Last Modified: April 6, 2017