Sustainability advisory committee formed
This year the Council of Ontario Universities will focus on a holistic approach to finding sustainability solutions in marking University Day, on November 26.
A newly formed Queen’s advisory group composed of faculty members with expertise and interest in sustainability is providing insight and advice on the university’s sustainability plan, to incorporate specific targets, measures and timeframes. Patrick Deane (V-P Academic) and Bill Bryck (V-P Operations and Finance) are co-chairs of Queen’s sustainability advisory committee (QSAC).
QSAC members include: Steve Harrison (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), Harry McCaughey (Geography, Environmental Studies), Steven Moore (School of Business), Claire Nelischer (Alma Mater Society), Bruce Pardy (Law), Joshua Pearce (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), Vicki Remenda (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering), John Smol (Biology, Environmental Studies), Andrew Pollard (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Scott Carson (School of Business) and Ivana Zelenika (Society of Graduate & Professional Students).
Queen’s students are also actively engaged in enhancing sustainability on campus and around the globe. Urban and Regional Planning master’s student Ana Stuermer recently represented the university at an international sustainability conference in Witten, Germany, organized by oikos (Students for Sustainable Economics and Management). Ms Stuermer, who received funding support from the Principal’s Office Student Initiative Fund and the Office of the Vice- Principal (Academic), reported by email that she was “majorly engaged in dialogue regarding sustainability, leadership and student influence on the sustainability debate.”
Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC), a student run environmental- activist group, is also concerned with developing and implementing more sustainable policies on campus. One of QBACC’s goals is for Queen’s to sign a third-party climate change document committing the university to setting and meeting greenhouse gas emission targets and incorporating the issue of climate change and sustainability into the curriculum for every student. www.queensu.ca/sustainability