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Table 6: Sustainable Development Strategy


SDS Departmental Goals: Innovation Towards Sustainable Development (SD)

Federal SD Goal(s), including GGO goals: Clean water, clean air, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable communities.


Expected Results 2008-09 Supporting Performance Measure(s) Achieved SDS Departmental Results for 2008-09
Development, commercialization, adoption and/or adaptation of environmental technologies and processes Number of approved projects 15 projects were approved that develop, commercialize, adopt and/or adapt environmental technologies and processes. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) committed $20,035,030 to these projects, resulting in $75,294,123 in leveraged funding.
Capacity building, market development and development of management capacity in the environmental sector $'s committed to projects 11 projects were approved that support the environmental sector for capacity building, market development and to develop management capacity. WD committed $3,680,084 to these projects, resulting in $13,659,254 in leveraged funding.
Expanded understanding of the impact of environmental issues on Western Canada through research. Total $'s leveraged 11 projects were approved that support research that expands our understanding of the impact of environmental issues on Western Canada. WD committed $1,155,794 to these projects, resulting in $353,184 in leveraged funding.

 

SDS Departmental Goals: Greening of WD Operations

Federal SD Goal(s), including GGO goals: Governance for sustainable development


Expected Results 2008-09 Supporting Performance Measure(s) Achieved SDS Departmental Results for 2008-09
Senior management is engaged and supported by corporate SD team Executive committee briefed semi-annually about the implementation of SDS IV Executive Committee received SD related briefings as required. Senior Management approved the SD Team Terms of Reference and the SD Implementation Plan.
SD planning, tracking and reporting systems incorporated into new and existing initiatives Number of initiatives that incorporate SD tracking

SD is integrated into the Departmental Performance Report (DPR),  the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP),and regional business plans
SD is well integrated with the departmental planning process. It is present in the Corporate Business Plan, all four Regional Business Plans, DPR and RPP.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) management systems are implemented to ensure early, full and meaningful implementation of the Cabinet Directive Numbers of SEAs completed One preliminary scan was completed relating to the Official Languages Act.  No detailed SEA's were required.
Internal communication on SD Maintain intranet website on greening

Regular greening tips to staff
13 Greening Tips were put on the WD Intranet website, and Greening Tips were emailed to all staff.

Key research findings from a study on Green Building Standards were also presented to WD staff at a videoconference research seminar.
Greening clauses are incorporated in departmental goods and services contracts where appropriate Number of contracts with green clauses In progress.
Purchase green office supplies % of green office supplies purchased Across WD, 100% of copy paper, letter and legal sized, are certified green purchases. All copy paper is 30% recycled and Forest Stewardship Council certified. WD staff members were also encouraged to purchase mechanical pencils and pens that use refills rather than replacing the whole pen.
Purchase or lease green office equipment % of green purchases or leases for office equipment 100% of printers and photocopiers leased and/or purchased by WD in 2008/2009 have met criteria for green standards as determined by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for inclusion in standing offers. Across the regions, all of WD's newest printers have a smaller ecological footprint than our previous ones.
SD and green training provided to officers Number of staff attending training No training scheduled for 2008/2009.
Working with facilities management on recycling programs Participate in paper, battery, and other recycling programs WD works with facilities management on recycling programs such as paper, plastic, and aluminium can recycling. All offices are equipped with blue bins to easily recycle products.

WD also disposed of its electronic waste in the most effective way possible. Many regions donated monitors, computers, laptops and miscellaneous parts to schools. Computers, photocopiers, printers, DVD players and hard drives that are not donated to schools or charities are sent to provincial recycle stations. Cell phones are returned to service providers and batteries are taken to eco-stations.

 

SDS Departmental Goals: External Greening

Federal SD Goal(s), including GGO goals: Not applicable


Expected Results 2008-09 Supporting Performance Measure(s) Achieved SDS Departmental Results for 2008-09
Work with other federal departments and partners to ensure access by western stakeholders to federal SD-related programs % of federal SD-related $s distributed in Western Canada

Number of applications from Western Canada for federal SD-related programs
WD collaborated with other departments on SD related issues through the Interdepartmental Network on Sustainable Development. All WD regions consult regularly with other federal departments on environmental assessment through Regional Environmental Assessment Committees. Through the Senior Management Committee on Environmental Assessment, WD collaborated with senior officials from other departments on issues related to environmental assessment including Strategic Environmental Assessment.

WD has also attended a preliminary findings meeting for the evaluation of the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.

Information on the percent of federal SD-related funds distributed in Western Canada, and the number of applications from Western Canada for federal SD programs was not available.
SD excellence in Western Canada recognized Number of partners and/or stakeholders recognized WD-supported projects in 2008/2009 did not include support for SD-related awards.
Partners provided with information on SD concepts and best practices Number of SD communications

Number of WD outreach activities at SD-related events
WD provided information on SD concepts and best practices to partners through the department's publication Access West. Both issues published in 2008/2009, contained information on WD's SD-related activities.

The BC Region “Green Team joined and contributed to the “Green Corner Bulletin network. The Bulletin is a monthly interdepartmental bulletin that is generated and distributed via participating Green Teams. Participating organizations take turns creating a bulletin and sharing it around. Other departments participating include Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Transport Canada, Environment Canada, and PWGSC.

*Projects supported may contribute to one or more of the federal SD goals listed.

For a detailed report on key outcomes from 2008-2009, please refer to the annual update at: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/6777.asp.