Announcing the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability (PDAD&C #58)

From: Meric Gertler, President
Date: February 1, 2017
Re: Announcing the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability (PDAD&C #58)

The University of Toronto community responded with enthusiasm to our recent Call for Nominations – Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability. The creation of this Committee was one of the key recommendations in the Administrative Response to the Report of the President’s Advisory Committee on Divestment from Fossil Fuels. Its mandate is to identify ways to advance the University’s contribution to meeting the challenge of climate change and sustainability, with a particular focus on research and innovation, teaching, and University operations. The Committee’s activities may include facilitating the sharing among divisions of best practices in operational sustainability and related academic initiatives; highlighting opportunities to strengthen further the University’s support for faculty and divisional initiatives in relevant fields; organizing University-wide events to promote sustainability-related research, teaching, and outreach; and raising the profile of the University’s contributions both within and outside our academic community.

I am pleased to announce the Committee membership as follows:

Professor John Robinson (Chair), Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability
Mr. Conor Anderson, PhD student, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough
Ms. Maria Banda, Graham Fellow, Faculty of Law
Professor Aimy Bazylak
, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Professor Kenneth Corts, Vice-Dean, Faculty & Research, Rotman School of Management
Mr. Jason Hinde, Undergraduate student, Department of Geology, Faculty of Arts & Science
Professor Shashi Kant, Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga
Mr. Tim Lang, Manager, Sustainability Office, University of Toronto Scarborough
Mr. Andy Macdonald, Director of Facilities, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Professor Liat Margolis, Director, Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Professor Fiona Miller, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Professor Jennifer Murphy, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts & Science
Mr. Derek Newton, Assistant Vice-President, Innovation, Partnerships and Entrepreneurship – Designate of the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Professor Locke Rowe, Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education and Dean, School of Graduate Studies – Designate of the Office of the Vice-President & Provost
Professor Kim Strong, Director, School of the Environment, Faculty of Arts & Science
Mr. Ron Swail
, Chief Operations Officer, Facilities & Services – Designate of the Office of the Vice-President, University Operations

The Committee is supported by Susanne Miskimmin and Daniela Trapani in the Office of the President. Please direct any inquiries to:

Susanne Miskimmin
Office of the President

In closing, I am very grateful to the Committee’s members for agreeing to take up this important task. I am confident that they will carry out their mandate with a level of excellence typical of this institution.