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Departmental Results Report 2017–2018: Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS):

  • sets out the Government of Canada's sustainable development priorities
  • establishes goals and targets
  • identifies actions to achieve them, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act

In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the Canada School of Public Service (the School) supports reporting on the implementation of the FSDS and its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy, or equivalent document, through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

2. Sustainable Development at the Canada School of Public Service

The School's Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department's actions in support of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental action pertinent to this goal. Last year's supplementary information table is posted on the department's website.

3. Departmental performance by FSDS goal

The following table provides performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goal listed in section 2.

Context for the FSDS goal: Low-carbon government

The Canada School of Public Service is committed to supporting the Government of Canada Sustainable Development Strategy through 5 actions that contribute to the low-carbon government goal.

FSDS goal: low-carbon government

This table provides performance information on the School’s actions in support of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goal of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions pertinent to this goal.
FSDS targets FSDS contributing actions Corresponding departmental
actions
Support for UN
Sustainable
Development
Goal target
Starting point(s),
target(s) and
performance indicator(s)
for departmental actions
Results achieved

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025

Improve the energy efficiency of our buildings/operations

Establish a modern and efficient workplace

Not applicable

The School has reduced its workplace footprint from 33,000 m2 to 29,000 m2 spread across two buildings in the National Capital Region. The objective is to further reduce the School's footprint in the National Capital Region by almost half by 2025.

  • The School reduced its footprint in the National Capital Region by approximately 400 m2 by releasing some space at Asticou Centre in Gatineau.
  • A relocation project, currently in its preliminary stage, will generate a more significant reduction of space by 2025.

Modernize our fleet

Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement
  1. Continue to take action to embed environmental considerations in accordance with the Policy on Green Procurement
  2. Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible
  3. Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls
  4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers
12.7
  1. a) The number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent. In 2016–2017, all procurement staff had completed the course in question.

    b) The number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement. In 2016–2017, performance objectives and evaluations for all three functional managers and team leaders included these considerations.

  2. Use of existing procurement instruments available through Public Services and Procurement Canada that include environmental considerations. Informing managers of these instruments was standard practice at the School in 2016–2017.
  3. Electronic release of Request for Proposals and acceptance of bid submissions whenever practical; double-sided printing of all contracts. Double-sided printing of all contracts was standard practice at the School in 2016–2017.
  4. Communication to managers on policy requirements and roles and responsibilities. The School provides managers involved in the procurement process with information related to various policies and procedures, including the Policy on Green Procurement.
  1. a) All procurement staff have completed the Green Procurement course (C215) at the School.

    b) Compliance with government policies, including the Policy on Green Procurement, was part of the performance objectives and evaluations for functional heads and team leaders in the procurement unit.

  2. It is a standard practice at the School to inform managers on how to use existing procurement instruments available through Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) that address environmental considerations. 
  3. The School publishes all bid solicitations electronically. The School accepts electronic bid submissions wherever possible. It is a standard practice that all contracts are printed double-sided using a paper that contains at least 30% recycled content.
  4. Procurement guidelines for acquiring goods and services were provided to all managers describing their roles and responsibilities as well as the Green Procurement Policy.
Demonstrate innovative technologies Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Promote sustainable travel practices Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from business travel. Not applicable Percentage of learners taking online courses as compared to total learners in a given fiscal year. In 2016–2017, 91.6% of learners were online, representing a cumulative increase of 28.2% during a 4-year period since 2012–2013.

In 2017–2018, the percentage of learners taking online courses was nearly unchanged at 91.7%.

Understand climate change impacts and build resilience Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Improve transparency and accountability Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Develop policy for low-carbon government Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

Additional departmental sustainable development activities and initiatives related to low-carbon government

Additional departmental activities and initiatives Starting points, targets and performance indicators Results achieved

Improve print management services by procuring multi-function devices that will have a positive impact on energy and resource consumption.

The number of users per printing device will increase from 5 to 18 by the time the print management solution is fully implemented in 2018–2019.

The School is on track to meet its commitment to increase users per multi-function printing device by 2018–2019. Achieving targets depends on Shared Services Canada (SSC) providing a way to obtain the services of a qualified supplier for a managed print service.

The School has been working with SSC since late 2017 to lay the foundation for the Request for Standing Offer (RFSO) process by further refining supplier requirements based on current School needs.

4. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2017–2018 reporting cycle, the Canada School of Public Service had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.

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