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Departmental Plan 2019–2020: Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

November 2017

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the Canada School of Public Service is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the Canada School of Public Service adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada's effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the Canada School of Public Service supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the "FSDS goal: low-carbon government" table in section 2.

2. Commitments for the Canada School of Public Service

FSDS goal: low-carbon governmentThis 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 target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental
Support for UN
Goal target
Starting point(s),
target(s) and
performance indicator(s)
for departmental actions
Link to the department's
Program Inventory
Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025. 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.
See the web page for SDG 12.
  1. a. The number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service course Green Procurement (C215) or equivalent.

    In 2016–17, 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 2016–17, 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 2016–17.

  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 2016–17.

  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. Internal Services
  2. Internal Services
  3. Internal Services
  4. Internal Services
Improve the energy efficiency of our buildings and 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. Internal Services
Modernize our fleet. Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
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 with total learners in a given fiscal year.

In 2016–17, 91.6% of learners were online, representing a cumulative increase of 28.2% during a four-year period since 2012–13.

Learning Services
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

3. Integrating sustainable development

The School delivers public service-wide learning through an online learning platform to offer a variety of learning activities that are accessible anytime, from anywhere. Increased online learning through the online learning platform reduces the need for employee travel, resulting in a positive impact on the School's carbon footprint. The School will continue to maximize its use of the online learning platform when making decisions about learning content and delivery methods, keeping learning accessible, convenient—and environmentally friendly.

The School will also continue to pursue green procurement and facilities. The School is implementing procurement planning to make the best use of supply methods that include environmental considerations. The School is working collaboratively with Public Services and Procurement Canada to reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption in School facilities.

The Canada School of Public Service will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. A SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on FSDS goals and targets.

Public statements on the results of the Canada School of Public Service's assessments will be made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been considered during proposal development and decision-making.

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