|Submission Date||April 20, 2016|
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination
Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:
A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:
In cooperation with the recommendations of the President’s Sustainability Council, many departments and operational units at the university have worked together to make York a leading sustainable institution. Recent accomplishments include:
- Names as one of Canada’s Green Employers in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- An increase to over 80% of the York University community using alternative transit when commuting to campus.
-Creation of President’s Sustainability Awards that recognize staff for their contributions to sustainability at York.
-Increasing waste diversion rate to over 65%
-Introduction of New Farmers market during the 2013/2014 academic year
Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
The President's Sustainability Council (PSC) is an advisory body to the President with responsibility for providing input and recommendations on how to advance York University’s sustainability initiatives, projects, and practices and to provide oversight of the required actions from approved ecommendations. It is also a mechanism through which to support and enable York students, faculty and staff to participate meaningfully in the planning and implementation of York University’s sustainability policies, initiatives, projects and practices. It serves to foster the integration of knowledge and issues about sustainability into research, education and application.
Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
Nicole Arsenault Manager, Transportation & Student Services
Noel Badiou Director, Centre for Human Rights
Anthony Barbisan, Director, YU-Card & Food Services
Sarah Barrett, Faculty of Education
Idil Boran, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Gary Brewer, Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Mikhaela Gray, (Committee Secretary) Administrative Assistant, Office of the President
Michelle Uy, Student Representative
Robert Castle, Senior Executive Officer, Finance & Administration
William Colgan, Lassonde School of Engineering
Ben Felsher, Student Representative
Richard Francki, AVP - Campus Services and Business Operations
Bob Gagne, Chief Information Officer
Ian Garrett, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre
Jason Gerrity, Director, Client Support Services, University Information Technology
Michael Kassar, Student Representative
Gayle MacFadden, York Federation of Students Representative
Martin Bunch (Chair), Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Rhonda Lenton, Vice-Provost Academic
Lorna Swartzentruber, Executive Director, York U - TD Community Engagement Centre
Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Ross McMillan, Senior Advisor, Policy, Assessment and Aboriginal Affairs
Janet Morrison, Vice-Provost Students
Yvette Munro, Academic Programs & Planning Officer
Laurence Packer, Faculty of Science
Andrew Plunkett, Sustainability Coordinator, Office of the President
Helen Psathas, Director, Planning and Environmental Design
Jennifer Farmer, Graduate Students Association
Noel Sturgeon, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Christine Till, Faculty of Health
Chris Wong, Director, Transportation and Master Planning, YUDC
The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
A brief description of each sustainability office:
Environmental Design and Sustainability unit is responsible for the planning, development and management of university infrastructure relative to the campus built, natural and human environments ensuring environmental, operational, social, safety and aesthetic objectives of the University are met. This includes design and sustainability considerations for over 500 acres of land and woodlots, containing over 96 multi-use buildings, used by approximately 60,000 students, faculty and staff.
The Office of the President hosts York’s full-time sustainability coordinator position. The office is supplemented by two work-study sustainability assistants during the fall and winter academic sessions, and one work-study sustainability assistant during the summer.
Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Name and title of each sustainability officer:
A brief description of each sustainability officer position:
Director, Campus Planning and Development: Responsible for the strategic planning, development and management of York's physical infrastructure relative to the campus built, natural and human environments, ensuring the University's environmental, operational, social, safety and aesthetic objectives are met. This includes design and sustainability considerations for over 500 acres of land and woodlots, containing over 96 multi-use buildings, used by approximately 60,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for identifying and supporting sustainability projects that are outlined in the PSC Annual Reports, advancing recommendations on sustainability, and engaging the York community on sustainability initiatives through events, outreach and social media.
The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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