March 14, 2012
In February 2010, Principal Woolf signed the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada. This pledge commits the university to engage in activities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhancing research and curriculum in the areas of climate change and sustainability. It also requires development of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CAP). Specific commitments include:
An internal Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee is working collaboratively on evaluating, planning, developing and implementing the CAP. The 22 membercommittee includes students, staff and faculty representing a wide range of our community. Working groups are supporting the objectives of the CAP Advisory Committee in the following areas:
Each working group includes members from the CAP Advisory Committee and other Queen's community members based on need and required expertise.
Work on CAP development and setting climate action targets is a multi-step process involving:
We are proud of Queen's record on climate action and sustainability to date. A few of the initiatives the university has already undertaken include:
Over the next six months, the Sustainability Office and the advisory committee aim to keep you informed of Climate Action Plan developments and to solicit your feedback on CAP mitigation/target options at certain milestones via emails, our Climate Action Plan website and Facebook page, community forums, special events with key stakeholder groups, and online campus-wide surveys.
The first Community Forum is Monday, March 26th, 2012, in Wallace Hall (JDUC), from noon to 1 pm. The forum will aim at raising awareness about the Climate Action Plan, generating ideas/solutions, and seeking input into evaluating mitigation options, including assessment criteria and ranking.