Sustainability Focus of Aug. 17 Community Dialogue

August 05, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

The Presidential Task Force on Sustainability invites faculty, staff and students to discuss sustainability initiatives during a community dialogue Aug. 17.

During concurrent roundtable-style discussions, participants may discuss ideas for the University's future and for social, economic and environmental sustainability.

“We want the gathering to be open and interactive, so that everyone is inspired to think creatively and share their ideas,” says Prof. Kevin Hall, vice-president (research), who chairs the task force.

“We want to hear from everyone — students, faculty and staff from all our campuses — who has ideas about how we can live and work more sustainably.”

The dialogue runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the University Centre. Ninety-minute sessions begin at 1 and 2:30 p.m., although participants may attend the entire three-hour session.

All U of G faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the dialogue. Deans, chairs, directors and managers are asked to allow their staff to make appropriate scheduling accommodations.

The task force will use the results to prepare recommendations for U of G president Alastair Summerlee. He created the task force earlier this year to develop ideas for social, economic and environmental sustainability practices both on and off campus.

Hall says the task force is considering such issues as the University’s carbon footprint, water use, sustainable practices in teaching and learning, and future initiatives that might also benefit other communities.

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