The University struck an Environment and Sustainability Working Group, whose purpose was to provide direction on the creation of cohesive and comprehensive approaches to environmental sustainability at Western.

Before dissolving, the working group set the mandate for the President's Advisory Committee on Environment & Sustainability (PACES). 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 jointly to the Provost and Vice President (Academic) and Vice President, Resources and Operations. Committee members include:

  • Janice Deakin, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Co-chair
  • Gitta Kulzcycki, Vice President (Resources and Operations), Co-chair
  • Samanta Krishnapillai, Vice President (Internal), University Students' Council
  • Dr. Tima Bansal, Professor, Ivey School of Business
  • Dr. Irena Creed, Associate Professor, Biology and Earth Sciences
  • Dr. Dan Shrubsole, Professor and Department Chair, Geography
  • Dr. Andrew Hrymak, Dean and Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • Susan Grindrod, Associate Vice President, Housing and Ancillary Services
  • Helen Connell, Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs
  • Elizabeth Krische, Director of Purchasing, Financial Services
  • Carolyn Young, Director, Continuing Studies
  • Beverley Ayeni, Manager, Energy and Environment
  • Jeff Grieve, Associate Director, Technical Support, ITS
  • Kevin Vuong, Society of Graduate Students

Our Goals

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