Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.42
Liaison Dave Cano
Submission Date Feb. 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Western University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Connor Donald
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The President's Advisory Committee for Environment and Sustainability (PACES) is tasked with fulfilling ambitious but attainable goals related to campus sustainability and to improve awareness of sustainability initiatives and opportunities campus-wide.

PACES reports to Western's President, and is co-chaired by the Vice-Provost, Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty and the Vice-President, Finance and Operations. PACES is responsible for implementing the sustainability strategy for the university entitled “Creating a Sustainable Western Experience”. The strategy sets out Western's 10-year goals and 5-year desired outcomes on embedding sustainability into four key pillars: community, operations, teaching & learning and research. Working groups have been created to ensure that initiatives within each of the four pillars are being achieved.

PACES is guided by the following principles:
- Incorporating sustainability into our academic programming, to contribute to an educated citizenry and develop future leaders
- Engaging in research across the disciplines into issues of environmental sustainability
- Reducing our use of inputs
- Reducing outputs through recycling and reuse
- Focusing on life cycle management of resources and waste products
- Utilizing ecological landscaping methods and preserving green space
- Building and renovating facilities in accordance with energy efficiency and sustainability principles


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

As at September 2017, the membership includes:

Lynn Logan,  Vice-President (Finance & Operations), Co-chair
Dr. Karen Campbell, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty), Co-chair
Helen Connell, Associate Vice-President, (Communications & Public Affairs)
Nusha Keyghobadi, Director, Centre for Environment & Sustainability
Dr. Rob Klassen, Professor, Ivey School of Business
Dr. Brent Sinclair, Assistant Professor, Biology
Peggy Wakabayashi, Acting Associate Vice-President (Housing & Ancillary Services)
Elizabeth Krische, Acting Associate Vice-President (Financial Services),  Director (Purchasing & Parking Services)
Paul Martin, Designate for Associate Vice-President, Facilities Management
Mike Lunau, Manager, Landscape Services, Facilities Management
Dr. Andrew Hrymak, Dean and Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
Beverley Ayeni, Manager, Sustainability, Facilities Management
Kevin Irving (student), University Students' Council Appointment
Sabina Rakhimbekova (student), Society of Graduate Students' Appointment


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Sustainability Team at Western is a group of staff dedicated to embedding sustainability into operations, outreach and academia at Western. They provide assistance and guidance to departments on campus in order to help them achieve their sustainability goals. In addition, they oversee the implementation of various initiatives on campus, ranging from the Green Office Program, to newsletters and informative lunch and learn sessions. Through their work with students, staff and faculty, the Sustainability Team develops and supports projects, policies and initiatives that reduce the consumption of resources and waste outputs, while also contributing towards the betterment of society.

There are three staff members employed full time, with 1-2 student employees during the summer term.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Beverley Ayeni: Sustainability Manager, David Cano: Energy and Environment Specialist

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The President's Advisory Committee for Environment and Sustainability (PACES) meets bi-monthly to discuss the implementation of the sustainability strategic plan, to share information and successes around sustainability, and to promote the development of new initiatives that can help enhance sustainability throughout the organization .Some accomplishments include the creation of the WISE competition (Western's Ideas for Sustainability and the Environment), where students engage in developing solutions to sustainability challenges (either local, national or global). Also, through the working groups created that now report to PACES, many departments on campus in partnership with Hospitality Services and other areas on campus, some units have developed sustainability action plans and reports. Finally, through the working groups created reporting to PACES we have been able to implement initiatives such as front of the kitchen composting in buildings throughout campus (through the Green Office Program), and organizing events such as the Great Lakes Agriculture Symposium.


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