President's Advisory Committee on Environment & Sustainability

The University constituted 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 to Western's President, and is co-chaired by the Vice-Provost, Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty and the Associate Vice-President, Finance and Facilities. Committee members include:

  • Dr. Karen Campbell, Vice-Provost (Academic Planning, Policy & Faculty), Co-chair
  • Lynn Logan,  Associate Vice-President (Finance & Facilities), Co-chair
  • Helen Connell, Associate Vice-President, (Communications & Public Affairs)
  • Shawn Finkbeiner, Acting Executive Director, Ancillary Services
  • Dr. Patricia Corcoran, Director, Centre for Environment & Sustainability
  • Dr. Rob Klassen, Professor, Ivey School of Business
  • Dr. Brent Sinclair, Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Dr. Tony Weis, Associate Professor, Geography
  • Elizabeth Krische, Director of Purchasing, Financial Services
  • Jana Luker, Associate Vice-President, Student Experience
  • Mike Lunau, Manager, Landscape Services
  • Dr. Andrew Hrymak, Dean and Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • Grace Zhu, University Students' Council Appointment
  • Sabina Rakhimbekova, Society of Graduate Students' Appointment
  • Dave Cano, Manager, Sustainability
  • Tammy Johnston, Administrative Coordinator to the Vice-President (Resources & Operations)

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

Western's Sustainability Policy can be found here