Western is accelerating its sustainability efforts with a renewed advisory committee that will guide the university’s environmental strategy across campus.
The President’s Advisory Committee on the Environment and Sustainability (PACES) will include broad representation from faculty, staff and students and is expected to begin its work in early 2021.
The reboot is part of a larger commitment that includes ramping up the efficiency of university buildings, conducting world-class environmental research and shifting part of its Operating & Endowment Fund into sustainable investment strategies with the aim, over time, to reduce the carbon footprint of the Fund.
“Sustainability needs to be embedded into how we act in the community and on the world stage,” said Lynn Logan, vice-president (operations and finance).
“It guides our thinking and actions in deciding how we reduce Western’s greenhouse gas emissions, how we manage our investment portfolio, how we conduct our research.”
Logan and Andy Hrymak, provost and vice-president (academic), are co-chairs of the renewed PACES.
The newly re-constituted committee will tackle sustainability in three broad areas: research, teaching and learning; planning, operations and infrastructure; and community and culture.
“We need to create a strategy that allows Western to stand apart and we need to make priorities and choices together. The renewed PACES will collaboratively help us to do that in a way that makes a difference at Western and in the world,” Logan said. “Western was an early adopter in developing a sustainability strategic plan in 2012 and has steadily built on that commitment.”