SDGs at Queen's

Through research, teaching, learning, outreach, and stewardship activities, the Queen’s community contributes to the fight against climate change, helping to build inclusive societies, and ensuring equal access to health care and quality education to advance social impact and ultimately the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor has appointed Dr. Heather Aldersey, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, as Special Advisor to the Principal on UN SDGs. Dr. Aldersey’s role will involve creating an inventory of UN SDG work by identifying best practices and champions of UN SDG work at Queen’s, and she will also create and chair a Principal’s Council on UN SDGs to inform, collaborate, and innovate on the development of a UN SDG operational framework for the university.  

Principal’s Advisory Council on UN SDGs at Queen’s

 Read the Terms of Reference [PDF 114 KB]

Members gather in-person and online in the boardroom at 355 King St. West, the first building on campus to have a geo-thermal heating system.
Members gather in-person and online in the boardroom at 355 King St. West, the first building on campus to have a geo-thermal heating system. 


Heather Aldersey Chair, Special Advisor to the Principal on UN SDGs
Oyedeji Ayonrinde

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Benjamin Bolden Associate Professor, Music Education
Karen Bertrand Vice-Principal, Advancement
Jennifer Campbell Commissioner of Community Services, City of Kingston
Juan Francisco Chavez Ramirez Smith School of Business
John DiPaolo President, United Way KFL&A
Setareh Ghahari

Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Therapy / SRT Associate Director (Occupational Therapy Program)

Ishana Gopaul

Manager, Special Projects

Melinda Knox Director, Thought Leadership and Strategic Initiatives
Warren Mabee Director, School Policy Studies and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Owen Rocchi President, Alma Mater Society
Victor Odele PhD Student – First Year
Brian O’Neill Director, Investments
Nancy Ross Vice-Principal, Research
Sandra den Otter Vice-Provost, Global Engagement
Ellie Sadinsky Executive Director, Student Affairs
Stephanie Simpson Vice-Principal, Culture, Equity, and Inclusion
Nathan Splinter Manager, Energy and Sustainability
Marcus Taylor Department Head and Professor, Global Development Studies
Gavan Watson Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
Amy Wu     Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering


  August 2, 2023, Council Minutes [PDF 155 KB]

  September 6, 2023, Council Minutes [PDF 100 KB]

  October 4, 2023, Council Minutes [PDF 88 KB]  

 November 15, 2023 Council Minutes [PDF 98 KB]

 January 10, 2024 Council Minutes [PDF 137 KB]

 February 7, 2024 Council Minutes [PDF 183 KB]

 March 6, 2024 Council Minutes [PDF 170 KB]


Sustainable Queen's

Sustainable Queen's is a dynamic community, bringing together campus and Kingston partners pursuing climate action and sustainability efforts in all their forms. 


Advancing Social Impact

Queen’s is committed to advancing the UN SDGs and through research, teaching, and community impact, we are helping to solve the world's most urgent challenges.

Learn how

Responsible Futures International Pilot 

Queen's has been invited to participate in Responsible Futures, an international pilot program focused on sustainability across all aspects of student learning. Participation and leadership in this pilot demonstrates the university's strong commitment to embedding sustainability and social responsibility across the formal and informal curriculum in partnership with students.

Students Organising for Sustainability and the International Association of Universities are partnering to deliver a Responsible Futures international pilot, working closely with a small group of invited institutions, including Queen's and six other institutions across the globe to co-create the program, including an international framework of good practice, ahead of a wider launch at the end of 2024.

The cohort of institutions will work closely with their students throughout the year to engage with the framework of good practice, with the goal of effecting changes to teaching and learning.

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About Dr. Heather Aldersey

Brunette woman smiling at camera in from of the wood panel Heather Aldersey, MSEd, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. She holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Disability Inclusive Development. She is also the Scientific Director for the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation, a Queen’s Health Sciences Research Centre. Her research explores natural and formal supports for people with disabilities and their families in Canada and in a number of contexts internationally.

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