Monday December 07, 2009
Before departing on a provincial "Clean Tech" Mission to India this week, Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf announced his intention to sign a made-in-Canada sustainability pledge.
Dr. Woolf told a meeting of the University's Board of Trustees on Friday that he will sign the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada in January. "Signing this pledge reflects our commitment and our actions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions," he said.
The climate change document was drafted by six British Columbia universities and has been endorsed by the heads of 23 Canadian institutions. Signatories commit to setting reduction targets, conducting a greenhouse gas inventory, developing an institutional climate action plan and working cooperatively with governments, the business community and other institutions to help reduce global climate change.
The Principal left Saturday for India with Premier Dalton McGuinty and a delegation of experts from Ontario's Green Technology sector to promote clean, renewable energy sources and to develop more academic and research partnerships. India has recently introduced a national plan to fight climate change, focusing on green solutions to help the country grow sustainably.
Last month Principal Woolf joined the heads of 19 other Ontario universities and two colleges in signing a provincial sustainability pledge. At his request, an advisory committee, composed of some of Queen's leading environmental and sustainability researchers, has recently been established. The committee is working with the university's Sustainability Office to develop an aggressive Queen's position to advance sustainability measures. The committee will soon be expanded to include additional staff and students.
A draft Sustainability Strategic Framework for the University, to be released early next year will establish core values in this area and outline how the entire Queen's community can participate in reducing our environmental impact. Queen's sustainability initiatives from the past year and sustainability experts are highlighted in the November 23 issue of the Queen's Gazette.