|Submission Date||Nov. 6, 2018|
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The President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (the “Committee”) is established to provide advice to the president (and to others on the direction of the president) on campus sustainability programs and policies.
The core objectives of the Committee are:
(i) Develop a sustainability policy for the university.
(ii) Develop a sustainability plan for the university, including goals, targets, priorities and metrics to assess progress.
(iii) Coordinate the preparation and distribution of the university’s biennial sustainability report for presentation to the president.
(iv) Monitor the implementation of the Council of Ontario Universities sustainability pledge and any other future commitments.
(v) Form working groups to develop specific plans, including communication and education plans for the university community, and monitor the progress of such working groups.
(vi) Provide advice to the president, or to such other persons or bodies as the president may direct, related to sustainability opportunities and initiatives at the university.
(vii) Take part in external collaborations, initiatives, surveys and other projects as the president may approve.
Membership in the Committee shall be comprised of:
(i) The Vice-President, Administration & Finance, who shall act as co-chair.
(ii) The Dean of the Faculty of Environment, who shall act as co-chair.
(iii) One additional dean, to be chosen by the co-chairs.
(iv) One undergraduate student representative, selected by the Federation of Students.
(v) Two additional undergraduate students from alternating co-operative education terms, to be selected by the co-chairs.
(vi) One graduate student, selected by the Graduate Student Association.
(vii) Two faculty members from varying faculties or disciplines, to be chosen by the co-chairs.
(viii) Two staff members from varying academic support units, to be chosen by the co-chairs.
(ix) The Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Waterloo.
(x) One non-voting member from the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo, to be chosen by the co-chairs.
Waterloo’s Sustainability Office supports six functional roles for the University:
1. Expertise: Act as a resource to increase departmental and institutional capacity for effective long term decision-making, planning, and formalization to imbed sustainability within the University’s academic mission and operational performance;
2. Awareness: Raise the profile of sustainability within the institution to increase understanding, share relevant information, and inspire action and participation from employees and students;
3. Behaviour change: Support or lead the launch or improvement of targeted services and programs that help shift behaviours to reduce environmental footprint on campus;
4. Collaboration: Through a “Living Lab” framework, link academic expertise and student coursework with operational challenges and opportunities, including project identification and design, partnership development, and funding;
5. Financial administration: Assist the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability in the management of the Sustainability Action Fund for projects that advance the Strategy;
6. Progress: Introduce and maintain best practices for ongoing monitoring mechanisms and annual reports that track achievement of the Strategy’s goals and objectives, celebrate successes, and identify areas for improvement.
As per its mandate, the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability has accomplished the following over the last three years:
Development of Policy 53: Environmental Sustainability for the institution
Development of Waterloo’s first Environmental Sustainability Strategy
Release of 3 annual Environmental Sustainability Reports
Launch of the $100,000+ annual Sustainability Action Fund, which is open for any student, staff, or faculty member on campus to apply to advance the directions of the strategy.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.