Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.42
Liaison Mary-Lee Townsend
Submission Date Oct. 6, 2014
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Western University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Stefanie De Adder
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Western has a history of being involved with leading edge environmental sustainability in the research, teaching, and administrative operations. Western is a signatory to the:

1. 1990 Talloires Declaration that pledged universities to actions "for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach".

2. 1991 Halifax Declaration which included a commitment to "ensure that the voice of the university be clear and uncompromising in its commitment to the principle and practice of sustainable development within the university, and at the local, national and global levels".

3. 2009 Council of Ontario Universities' committed to a Greener World pledge to "assist in finding solutions to the challenges of environmental sustainability, share knowledge about sustainability and climate change, and incorporate, wherever possible principles of sustainability into our operations".

Additionally, Western's Sustainability Team encourages Westerners and Londoner's to abide by London's anti car idling bylaw.

To view the policy of Sustainability at Western, please visit: http://sustainability.uwo.ca/about_us/our_policy.html

A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:

Western's Board has approved an anti-sweatshops policy:

"Western apparel will not be made under substandard conditions or by those working under minimum wage, the Board of Governors has decided. Prompted by Western's Students Against Sweatshops, the university has created a "Statement of Principles for Trademark Licensing" and a Code of conduct for those doing business with the UWO Book Store."


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:

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