Commitments/Targets for SDS 2015-18

The approach adopted for this SDS is different from earlier editions. The commitments/targets are shared among many Offices of Primary Interest (OPIs) and are based on specific and realistic targets at the institutional and/or regional level; rather than corporately developed and implemented targets. We believe that each site can contribute in its own way to CSC's environmental sustainability agenda. This approach promotes and supports a strong sense of ownership for all CSC employees.

The overarching main goal is “to reduce the ecological impacts of Correctional Service of Canada operations”. In addition, the strategy is subdivided into two goals:

  1. Contribute to the protection of the atmosphere and to reduce gaseous emissions that are responsible for global warming/climate change.
  2. Contribute to the protection of natural habitats and reduce pollution to aquatic ecosystems.

The following are summary tables grouped by the two goals stated above. There are four main sections included in the tables and they are:

  • Goal – sets a general direction and parameters for each action;
  • Objective – the general purpose of each goal;
  • Region – specifies what region the commitment/target represents; and
  • Commitment/Target – the action/activity/project that the organization plans to implement within three years to contribute to Sustainable Development.

Sustainable Development suggests a long term planning process, all of the commitments/targets set out in the SDS 2015-18 have a proposed timeline of March 31, 2018.

Summary of Consultations

Consultations for this SDS began in the fall of 2014 with a preliminary and meaningful dialogue with one of the primary stakeholders. A memorandum was sent from the Director, Environmental Protection Programs (EPP) to the Regional Coordinators, Environmental Programs (RCEP) to consult with their respective OPIs at the institutions.  The proposed targets were to reflect corporate goals and objectives. A template was developed and provided with a memo to help with setting specific and realistic targets at the institutional and/or regional levels.  In addition, it was suggested that the SDS contributions be aligned with the findings of the institutional energy audits, the institutional water and energy conservation plans, and the optimization of recycling programs, in order to capitalize on previous SDS achievements. Several teleconferences were made for follow-up discussions on the proposed targets. These proposals were reviewed in detail and a set of targets were developed, one per institution, to ensure a shared ownership of this national initiative.

The second round of consultations began in December 2014 with the NHQ – Directors of Technical Services and Facilities. The Directors met individually and as a group, to review the proposed targets, ensuring consistency with their agendas and the national investment/prioritization plans.

Finally, the SDS 2015-2018 commitments/targets were presented to EXCOM members for approval in spring 2015.

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