CSC will consider adopting a green meeting guide to facilitate Sustainable Development, decrease operational costs and increase public image. A guide had been previously development by Environment Canada (A Guide to Green Meetings, 2007) and will consider adopting the guides as is, or adapt the guide to meet our needs.
CSC's Environmental Protection Directorate will continue striving towards a prominent level of environmentally dedicated staff to optimize its capacity to deliver a robust program. We will strive to achieve a high standard of Sustainable Developmental performance is achieved and provide meaningful contributions to the greening of government operations.
In order to track and improve CSC's environmental performance, we are required to report on our programs and activities. We have logically linked goals, objectives, commitments and targets that can be easily measured. While the current SDS is in effect, we will continue to improve our environmental management, data capture and internal reporting systems to increase our ability to report on progress in the Departmental Performance Report and Report on Plans and Priorities. This approach is consistent with Treasury Board Secretariat's emphasis on results in performance reporting and will determine if significant progress has been made toward Sustainable Development at CSC. In addition to this annual reporting, the Environmental Protection Directorate will be collating information from all the various Offices of Primary Interest to report on a regular basis to senior management the progress that has been made against the SDS targets. Since we have limited resources, we believe that in order to protect the environment, more attention should be given toward initiatives to implement our commitments, rather than towards detailed performance reporting requirements.
The fifth round of our Strategy was built upon more than ten years of successes and lessons learned. As per our previous strategies, the 2012-2015 version is presented in a manner that reconfirms CSC's profile and vision. It also revisits the environmental aspects in order to update any significant changes in the organization's operations and reports on previous results of the 2007-2010 cycle.
This iteration now pledges to 18 achievable, realistic and measurable targets distributed among five main goals to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. To the extent possible, and where appropriate, we aligned targets with the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy objectives on Greening Government Operations. As in previous years, there is an ongoing challenge to ensure our commitments are adjusted to the level of available dedicated resources within CSC. Added to this is the uncertainty ahead with the potential implementation of stringent deficit reduction measures. Hence, in this document, the responsibility for several commitments is shared between different directorates within CSC in an effort to encourage corporate ownership toward sustainable development.
Finally, following the adoption of the Truth in Sentencing Act (Bill C-25), CSC is currently expanding its infrastructure by adding new units to existing institutions across the country. This will inevitably place additional pressures on CSC's workforce. Nevertheless, we will continue to include environmental considerations in our daily operations as we do with economic and social matters. As a significant federal custodian, CSC recognizes its role and responsibility toward conservation of natural resources and the protection of environmental quality for current and future generations.
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