5 Applied Research

<img src="photo_colour_Applied_research.png" alt="Young student working in a lab ">The Applied Research category encompasses how research mandates, as well as data, evidence and scientific information help advance the SDGs.



Vancouver Island University Maps its Contribution to the SDGs

Vancouver Island University – Nanaimo, BC

Project: UN SDGs & VIU: Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI)

SDGs:All<img src="MABRRI.png" alt="Graphic icon for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Research Institute and Vancouver Island University ">

Project duration: October 2019 – February 2020

Functional Category: Applied Research & Academic

UN SDGs & VIU: As a UNESCO designated organization, the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) continues to amend approaches, create projects, and engage local citizens in activities that relate to the 17 SDGs. Throughout 2018 and 2019, MABRRI team investigated how VIU is currently meeting the SDGs and how VIU can continue to meet them in the future. To collect data the project involved a thorough review of VIU’s website, over 80 meetings with VIU faculty and staff, and a handful of community engagement events. The community engagement events were intended to raise awareness of the SDGs on campus, as well as gain feedback from the VIU community about how they felt VIU was doing regarding the SDGs and how VIU can do better. A final report highlighting how VIU is contributing to the SDGs was produced and handed over to VIU’s Office of the President. The VIU SDG Project engaged students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders in raising awareness on the SDGs, mapping SDG projects and curriculum across campus, and determining actions to continue to move forward on achieving the 2030 Agenda.

<img src="MABRRI_Team_SDGs.jpg" alt="Picture of students holding up post cards of the 17 SDGs">

Stakeholders Involved: Staff members, senior leaders, students, partners, local community

Project Lead: Courtney Vaugeois, Project Coordinator at the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI), Courtney.Vaugeois@viu.ca

Pam Shaw, MABRRI Director, Pam.Shaw@viu.ca

More info:
MABRRI Final Report
VIU & the UN SDGs – Highlight Report



NSCC Achieves Top Marks with Gold Certification from the SDG aligned Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS)  


Nova Scotia Community College – Nova Scotia<img src="Stars.png" alt="graphic of logo of the STARS program from the Association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education">

Project: NSCC & STARS

SDGs: All

Functional Category: Applied Research & Finance and Admin

Project duration: August 2019-April 2020

STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, and Rating System):  STARS is a program of AASHE (The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). It is a self-report framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance in all aspects of their institution. An institution can earn ratings ranging from reporter, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. AASHE has directly linked the program to the SDGs and its various credit categories have been linked to specific SDGs. The credit categories include: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning and Administration. NSCC recently submitted for STARS 2.2 and a received a gold certification. The NSCC sustainability team worked collaboratively with various departments to gather data and information on sustainable development initiatives at all NSCC sites.

Stakeholders Involved: Institution staff, senior leaders/upper management, students (Facilities Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Human Resources, Procurement, Academic Departments, Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Sustainability Committees, students, facilities management staff, and faculty)

Project Lead: Michael Chapman, Manager Infrastructure, Sustainability & Space Planning, Michael.chapman@nscc.ca