Sustainability Office

Sustainable Queen's
Sustainable Queen's


Climate Change

bird research at the Queen's Biology Station (© Queen's University)

John Smol (Biology) Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, founder and co-director of PEARL. Considered by many to be the world leader in the development and application of long-term approaches for the study of natural and human impacts on lakes, Dr. Smol's research has made landmark contributions in biology, ecology and environmental science.

Bruce Pardy (Law) is an expert in environmental law and issues related to international climate change agreements, environmental governance, ecosystem management, environmental liability, water law, tort damages and law school funding. He is a part-time member of the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.

Paul Grogan(Biology), Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Effects on Northern Ecosystems, focuses on the structure and function of plant and soil communities in the Northwest Territories. He investigates how Arctic ecosystems are responding to changes in summer air temperature, winter snow accumulation, vegetation distribution and caribou migration.

Neal Scott(Geography), Canada Research Chair in Greenhouse Gas Dynamics and Ecosystem Management, studies the impacts of reforestation on greenhouse gas emissions. He is an expert in how changes in land use and human additions of nitrogen influence the flow of carbon and nitrogen within ecosystems and between the land and the atmosphere.

David Thomson(Mathematics and Statistics), a leading researcher in mathematics and statistics, is the inventor of a powerful equation that has transformed several scientific fields, including climate change, space physics, and medical research. He was the first to provide direct evidence of global warming by showing coherence between atmospheric CO2 and temperature.

Renewable Energy

Brant Peppley(Mechanical and Materials Engineering) Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cells, leads a multidisciplinary team in the development of fuel cell technology. His research focuses on the development of cleaner and more efficient power generators and fuel cells that produce electrical power while contributing to a significant reduction in the release of greenhouse gases.

Steve Harrison(Mechanical and Materials Engineering) leads the research and development efforts at Queen's Solar Calorimetry Laboratory. Dr. Harrison has also been the Faculty Advisor for the Queen's solar vehicle team and has overseen the development of eight solar-powered vehicles.

Bryne Purchase(Policy Studies) specializes in energy policy. A former Chief Economist of Ontario and former Deputy Minister of Energy, Science and Technology, Dr Purchase has authored and edited numerous publications relating to economics and competitiveness. He is Executive Director of Queen's institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.


Stephen Brown, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies, is developing new methods of environmental analysis, with emphasis on detecting small organic compounds in water samples. 

Linda Campbell(Environmental Science) studies the health of aquatic systems, heavy metal contamination, management and remediation. Much of her research has focused on the Great Lakes.

Gary vanLoon(Chemistry, Environmental Studies) studies environmental chemistry, drinking water chemistry, waste water treatment and groundwater remediation procedures. In 2006 he received a national Excellence in Education Award for Promotion of Sustainable Practices, from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Kent Novakowski (Civil Engineering) has created tools that municipalities can use to protect their drinking water from its source in the watershed to the taps in people's homes. Data from the Queen's project, funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, supports the development of policy options for the province.

Green Chemistry

Michael Cunningham's(Chemical Engineering) research interests are in polymer science, with a focus on replacing environmentally harmful processes that employ organic solvents with more environmentally benign water-based processes that do not use solvents. His research will exploit newly discovered materials that can "switch" their properties and the latest chemistry techniques to precisely control polymer product properties, using manufacturing methods that minimize environmental impact.

Philip Jessop(Chemistry), Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry, is technical director of GreenCentre Canada. Dr. Jessop was recently awarded the John C. Polanyi Award for his discovery of a "green" chemical method for separating oil and water, or solvents, using carbon dioxide and air.

Andrew Daugulis' (Chemical Engieneering) research has enhanced the production of ethanol from renewable resources as a viable alternative automotive fuel. He has also established a research program in the study and development of bioreactors for the destruction of toxic compounds existing as stockpiled xenobiotics, as well as those contaminating soil, water and air environments.


James Miller (School of Religion) is one of the key scholars of religion and ecology in China. China is now the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. China is experiencing massive economic change and unprecedent environmental devastation. His research is concerned with understanding how China's traditions, especially Daoism, continue to influence Chinese social imagination about nature and environment and to help develop a Chinese ethic of ecological sustainability