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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.42
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Western University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
Environmental Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (1st program):

Environmental Science at Western is a discipline within the Faculty of Science. Students completing Environmental Science modules will earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Honors Specialization, Major, Specialization, or Minor). The Environmental Science programs are offered through the Centre for Environment and Sustainability.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (1st program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Green Process Engineering

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

Engineering has always been a caring profession with a focus on design and innovation to respond to the pressing needs of mankind. In the past, many chemical products and processes were designed by traditional chemical engineers. However, the energy crisis, pollution problems such as global warming and environmental sustainability call for a specific set of skills that are not currently incorporated in the chemical engineering curriculum. Implementing Green Engineering principles at the beginning of the design process can lead to substantial environmental benefits and cost savings to achieve more sustainable processes and products. Chemical products designed and processed by innovations that are benign to the environment are at the forefront of green technologies.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Engineering with Environmental Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

Engineers have a mandate to protect public health and safety and to enhance the quality of life. Students participating in the Environmental Option of the Civil Engineering program learn how to fulfill this mandate and, at the same time, minimize the effect of human activities on the environment. The general public realizes that our environment is not indestructible and that there are limits on development. The public would like to see development go hand-in-hand with responsible environmental stewardship. Thus there is a need for civil engineers with a background in environmental science in positions with
government, industries such as Union Gas, Ontario Power Generation and with consulting firms and contractors.
Students selecting the Environmental Option in the Civil Engineering program take courses in basic biochemistry and microbiology applicable to environmental engineering, waste water treatment, air pollution, ethics, law and sustainable development, water management, water pollution design, hydrology, hydrogeology, municipal engineering, environmental hydraulics, groundwater management, solid waste management, and environmental hazards (e.g. floods, hurricanes, earthquakes).
Students registered in the Environmental Science program take courses in biology, environmental problems, environmental biology, productivity and pollution in aquatic ecosystems, plants as a human resource, population ecology, interaction with the physical environment in the animal and human community and eco-system ecology, and urban and regional planning.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

Civil and International Development Engineering http://www.uwo.ca/enviro/undergraduate/UgradEngineering.html

Engineering with Ecosystem Health http://www.uwo.ca/enviro/undergraduate/UgradEngineering.html

Major in Environment and Health (Geography) http://geography.uwo.ca/undergrad/

Applied Mathematics and Geophysics (Environmental modelling) - http://www.apmaths.uwo.ca/ugradinfo/BSc4_AMaG.shtml

Applied Mathematics and Statistics in Environmetrics - http://www.apmaths.uwo.ca/ugradinfo/BSc4_AMaSE.shtml


Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Environmental Studies (Minor in Environment and Culture)

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

This program is offered through the Department of Anthropology as a Minor in Environment and Culture. This minor focuses on the study of cultural, social, political and economic aspects of human relations with the environment.


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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.