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Queen's Climate Action Plan

The Queen’s University Climate Action Plan (CAP) has been developed in response to the defining challenge of our age – climate change. The CAP sets targets for reducing Queen’s greenhouse gas emissions over the near- and long-term, and suggests possible strategies to achieve those targets.

In February 2010, Principal Woolf signed the University and College Presidents’ Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada. This pledge commits Queen’s University to engage in activities aimed at reducing GHG emissions. It also requires development of a comprehensive CAP.

The CAP development process was designed to achieve four main goals:

  • Produce a plan that met the requirements and was in line with the spirit of the pledge.
  • Leverage expertise within the university from the academic, staff and student communities to determine how Queen’s could and should meet the commitment.
  • Ensure that the Queen’s broader stakeholders were appropriately consulted.
  • Ensure alignment with other significant strategic planning initiatives (for example, the Campus Master Plan, the Strategic Research Plan and the Academic Plan).

These four goals were achieved through the creation of an advisory committee, targeted working groups, and a stakeholder engagement plan.

Principal Woolf will appoint a vice-principal to chair a working group to operationalize the plan, which will include student representation. The working group will develop a list of actionable items to help the university achieve its stated targets, taking into consideration factors such as impact on emissions and financial implications. The group will consult subject matter experts as required.