Housing & Ancillary Services Sustainability Sub-Working Group

I. Mandate

To create a collaborative community throughout Housing and Ancillary Services in support of a joint commitment to balance sustainability and fiscal accountability in all department policies, procedures and practice that supports Queen’s University Climate Action Plan and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

II. Roles & Responsibilities

The working group shall:

  • Report and/or presenting results of the sub-working group to the Queen’s Sustainability Working Group (SWG)
  • Engage in open dialog and collaboration
  • Participate and lead in any operational follow up where suitable
  • Collaborate with student and other campus groups
  • Identify barriers and advocate for testing and implementing new initiatives
  • Define shared practices, communication strategies and educational opportunities
  • Identify reporting and measurement strategies
  • Promotion of existing sustainability practices
  • Organize outreach and awareness activities to enhance general sustainability knowledge
  • Discuss annual goals and assess progress of Fair Trade Campus designation

III. Duration of Membership Term

The membership term is one year for students and three years for staff members.

IV. Subject Matter Experts

The sub-working group may call in subject matter experts to help inform discussions.

V. Sustainability Sub-Working Group Membership

The sub-working group may call in subject matter experts to help inform discussions.

2022-23 Group Composition

Co-Chair: Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Housing and Ancillary Services (Hospitality Services, Event Services, Donald Gordon Centre & Enrichment Studies)

Co-Chair: Theresa Couto, Wellness and Sustainability Manager, Housing and Ancillary Services (Hospitality Services)

Director Retail Operations, Hospitality Services, Aramark Canada
President, The Residence Society
Manager, Community Housing, Housing and Ancillary Services
Manager, Donald Gordon Conference Centre, Aramark Canada
Vice President of Society Operations, The Residence Society
Communications Manager, Housing and Ancillary Services
Marketing Coordinator, Hospitality Services, Housing and Ancillary Services
Purchasing Assistant Manager, Common Ground, Alma Mater Society
Energy Specialist, Facilities
Professor, School of Environmental Studies
Sustainability Manager, Hospitality Services, Aramark Canada
Assistant Manager, Residence Facilities, Housing and Ancillary Services
Communications Coordinator, Residence Life and Services, Housing and Ancillary Services
Off-campus Living Advisor, Housing and Ancillary Services
Operations Manager, Event and Hospitality Services, Housing and Ancillary Services
Resource Recovery & Sustainability Specialist, Facilities
Operations Manager, The Tea Room, Engineering Society
Manager, Energy and Sustainability, Facilities
Residence Manager, Hospitality Services, Aramark Canada
Manager, Residence (Education), Housing and Ancillary Services
Intern, Facilities
Commissioner of Environmental Sustainability, Alma Mater Society
Assistant Director, Custodial and Grounds, Facilities
Co-President, Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change, Alma Mater Society

V. Sustainability Sub-Working Group Membership

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month during the academic year and/or as required. 

Members of the Queen’s and Kingston communities are welcome to join the meetings as guests or observers. Please contact theresa.couto@queensu.ca to RSVP at least one week prior to the scheduled date if you are interested in attending a meeting. 

Sustainable Queen’s strives to ensure diverse and equitable participation in its initiatives. The sub-working group welcomes nominations from all interested members of the Queen’s community and particularly invites nominations of women, people with disabilities, Indigenous community members, racialized community members, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact us