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Finding solutions to sustainability challenges


Queen’s is moving towards becoming a sustainability leader among Canadian universities through the combined efforts of students, faculty, staff and administration.

Working with other Ontario universities and its own Sustainability Office, Queen’s is exploring ways to set benchmarks and meaningful measures to track our sustainability progress – including facility infrastructure, procurement activities, education and research and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Some of the key sustainability stories happening at Queen’s include:

Leading sustainability, environmental and "green" energy research at Queen’s
Queen’s researchers are leading the country in research relating to sustainability and other areas impacting the environment.

Queen’s sustainability advisory committee formed
A newly formed advisory group is providing insight and advice on the university’s sustainability plan, to incorporate specific targets, measures and timeframes.

Queen’s Centre contributes to sustainable future
The Queen’s Centre is a modern, multi-purpose athletic, social and academic complex implementing sustainable design throughout.

MyFarm growing into a sustainable classroom
A 76-acre farm, just east of Gananoque is the newest classroom for Queen’s students learning about sustainable food production.

Colossal composters on campus put Queen’s ahead on the sustainability curve
Queen’s is the first Canadian university to install industrial-size composters capable of managing most of the organic waste produced on the campus.

Furniture Reuse Program new solution to an old problem
A new program on campus is changing the way the university manages its furniture resources.

Environmental cleaning initiative adopted on campus
Queen’s is cleaner – and greener – thanks to a new environmental cleaning initiative adopted on campus.

Student plan targets vending machine consumption, emissions
New technology has been proposed to help reduce the environmental impacts of vending machines on campus.

Queen’s goes green – sustainability stories from throughout the year
A round-up of 2009 sustainability stories from the Queen’s community.

For more information about sustainability at Queen's, visit http://www.queensu.ca/sustainability

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