Advancing York University’s Sustainability Strategy Through Goal PL5

In November 2017, York University released its institutional Sustainability Strategy with a purpose of communicating and implementing a shared vision. The Sustainability Strategy has been designed to inspire positive change, build capacity, empower people, and harness innovation to foster a culture of sustainability within and beyond the University.

The Sustainability Strategy expresses broad goals in the areas of People, Knowledge and Place, that envision York University several decades into the future.

As part of the University’s continuing efforts to advance the strategy, a discussion paper has been written by the University. The paper is titled Advancing York University’s Sustainability Strategy Through Goal PL5: A call for community collaboration in reducing York University’s carbon footprint. The paper provides context for community discussion and participation in a collaborative process to help inform recommendations in setting carbon emissions targets for the University.  One of the goals identified in the strategy, PL5 states:

“York University has a long-term energy strategy and action plan with the goal of minimizing carbon emissions on our campuses. This will be achieved by pursuing integrated strategies in key areas such as energy, transportation, buildings and operations.”

As part of the University’s continuing efforts to advance the strategy, Carol McAulay, vice-president, finance & administration has been tasked to deliver recommended emission reduction targets to President Lenton by the end of April 2020. 

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in an online community collaborative process to provide input in setting carbon emissions targets for the University. Community members can provide feedback and suggestions through an online survey or by writing to sustainability@yorku.ca.

Your valuable input will inform how we move forward towards reducing York’s carbon footprint and to create a more sustainable future at York University.

Resources:

Discussion paper – 2020-02-24 Advancing York U Sustainability Strategy Through Goal PL 5
York University's Sustainability Strategy

Feedback:

You can provide your input through:

Your feedback will help inform York University’s carbon emission targets.

Next Steps:

  • Deadline for submitting feedback is Thursday, March 13, 2020,
  • An advisory committee will review the input from the community and incorporate that feedback into a final recommendation,
  • The final recommendation will be submitted by the Vice-President Finance & Administration, Carol McAulay, to the President at the end of April 2020.

Questions?

Inquiries can be addressed to:
Nicole Arsenault, Program Director, Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
Division of Finance & Administration
Email: narsenau@yorku.ca 
Phone: 416-736-5866

Do you want to get more involved in Sustainability on Campus?
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