Queen's improves on sustainability ranking
Queen’s ranked third among Ontario universities that participated in an independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities.
The university received an overall B grade on the College Sustainability Report Card, an improvement over last year’s B-.
“Sustainability is a key factor in the responsible stewardship of our both our environmental and fiscal resources,” says Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) Caroline Davis.
Queen’s received a higher mark in four of the nine report card categories this year including:
• Climate Change and Energy—A from a B due to Principal Daniel Woolf signing the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada in January;
• Student Involvement—A from a B because student governments and various clubs and associations have increasingly focused on sustainability issues;
• Green Building—B from a C as two campus buildings attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified status;
• Investment Priorities—B from a C.
“The result demonstrates that the university is going in the right direction and making progress on issues of sustainability,” says Ann Browne, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities).
The formation of the Queen’s Sustainability Advisory Committee also boosted the university’s sustainability ranking. QSAC brings together students, faculty and staff to recommend programs related to sustainable practices at Queen’s.
“The report card reflects the fact that sustainability is a collective priority for Queen’s. The entire university, not just one group or person, is engaged with this issue,” says Ms Browne.
This report card is the fourth Queen’s has received. In the first year, the university received an overall C grade. Queen’s improved to a B- the following two years before earning a B this year.
The University of Toronto (A-) and York University (B+) were the only two participating Ontario universities with better grades than Queen’s. McMaster University also received an overall B grade.