Humber’s Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) was established under the direction of the Senior Vice-President, Planning and Corporate Services & CFO and Senior Vice-President Academic in the Summer 2016. The first committee for Sustainability at Humber began in 2008.

Sustainability is one of Humber’s six institutional core values: “We preserve our collective future by embracing the social, ecological and economic impact of our decisions”. Humber’s Strategic Plan 2013-2018 outlines the commitment further: Humber will “embrace a comprehensive sustainability strategy that is embedded in the college’s integrated planning and resource allocation model”.

The definition of Sustainability at Humber is built upon original concepts of sustainable development defined by the United Nations in 1987: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. The three pillars of sustainability require that we consider environmental stewardship, social equity and economic performance in all that we do.

Sustainability Steering Committee Mandate

The SSC is a cross-institutional advisory body to the President and Executive Team that provides integrated, collaborative, evidence-based advice to ensure Humber’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in planning and decision-making across the college. It is responsible for providing advice and direction related to the execution of Humber’s Sustainability Plan.

Roles and Responsibilities

Terms of Reference, Membership lists and Meeting Minutes for each committee can be found on Humber's committee directory

Acting as a representative of and conduit for the college community, the SSC will deliver on its overall mandate, and undertake the following activities:

2.1       Develop and approve a planning process designed to facilitate the development and review of Humber’s Sustainability Plan;

2.2       Define the direction and objectives for embedding the goals of the Sustainability Plan into the college’s integrated planning and resource allocation model;

2.3       Provide cross-functional review and endorsement of proposed sustainability programs and initiatives to support the goals of the Sustainability Plan;

2.4       Provide a forum for engagement discussion that reflects the values of inclusivity, transparency and collaboration;

2.5       Facilitate awareness of integrated sustainability programs and initiatives by providing updates on SSC business to constituent groups and the broader college community.