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.
The Sustainability Team is run by Western’s Sustainability Manager. Since June of 2011, they have facilitated significant alterations to waste management on campus, hosted dozens of presentations highlighting energy consumption, water conservation and waste diversion, and have assisted in dramatically reducing Western’s environmental footprint. The Sustainability Team has made it possible for Western to be recognized as a leader in corporate governance in Ontario, and as a role model for sustainability within the academic realm.