Office of the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)


Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)

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Sustainability Working Group

SWG Annual Report - July 2020 (PDF, 94 KB)

I. Mandate

To provide strategic direction and recommendations for the evaluation, planning, development, communication and implementation of initiatives aligned with the university’s sustainability goals and the carbon reductions targeted by the Queen’s University Climate Action Plan.

  1. To provide advice on strategy and actions for the university to achieve its sustainability goals and create a culture of sustainability, including advancing research and pedagogy on sustainability.
  2. To provide advice on specific sustainability projects or actions regarding sustainability and the reduction of the university’s carbon output.
  3. To review and endorse specific projects funded by the sustainability reserve.  
  4. To establish sub-working groups or committees to advance specific sustainability goals (eg: sustainability in the curriculum). 

II. Roles & Responsibilities

The working group shall fulfill an advisory role and as such will review and provide advice to the administration regarding projects, initiatives and policies that relate to sustainability and achieving the carbon reductions targeted by the Queen’s University Climate Action Plan, and to create a sustainability culture at Queen’s.

The co-chairs, the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) and the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), will provide updates to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) on the work of the Sustainability Working Group.

III. Duration of Membership Term

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

IV. Subject Matter Experts

The committee may call in subject matter experts to help inform discussions.

V. Sustainability Working Group Membership

Co-Chairs: Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) and Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)
AVP (Facilities)
University Planner
3 faculty
3 staff
1 undergraduate student
1 graduate student
1 Alma Mater Society (AMS) representative
1 Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) representative

2020 Group Composition

Co-Chair: Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)

Co-Chair: Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)

Name Title
J. Boland Stewardship and Annual Giving Officer - Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
T. Gkotsis University Planner
S. Hunt Director, Information Technology Services
A. Lomax Student Representative, Society of Graduate and Professional Students
N. Lorraway Student Representative, Undergraduate
N. Kaloudas Undergraduate Program Assistant, Global Development Studies
W. Mabee Professor and Head of Department, Department of Geography and Planning
N. H. Nguyen Student Representative, Graduate
J. Smol Professor, Department of Biology
M. Taylor Associate Professor & Graduate Chair, Department of Global Development Studies
M. Urquhart Student Representative, Alma Mater Society
L. Wales Executive Director, Housing and Ancillary Services
J. Witjes AVP (Facilities)

VI. Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held approximately four times annually. Upcoming scheduled meetings are as follows: 

  • October 13, 2020
  • January 20, 2021
  • March 25, 2021

Queen's and Kingston community members are welcome to join the meetings as guests or observers. Please contact us to RSVP at least one week prior to the scheduled date if you are interested in attending a meeting. 

Queen's strives to ensure diverse and equitable participation in its initiatives. The 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