Sustainability

Campus Master Plan

General (p. 1)
This Plan is as much about conservation as expansion – the thoughtful and responsible use of all Western’s space to preserve the beauty and integrity of one of Canada’s truly distinctive university campuses. With that purpose in mind, the Campus Master Plan formulates a series of master planning principles that reflect the value we place on the landscape, the architectural quality of our buildings, and the ways in which we seek to ensure an environment that facilitates and enhances academic work.  

Sustainability in Design of Facilities (p. 9)
In planning the campus of the future the University will incorporate sustainability of the environment in the planning and design process. This includes promoting energy conservation in the operation of facilities, provision of facilities to support alternate transportation arrangements, and the protection of natural and wetland areas throughout the campus. Building designs, such as the planned Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion adjoining the Spencer Engineering Building, should recognize the use of buildings as learning tools as well as learning environments and should provide examples of sustainable designs for our students.

Transportation (p. 9)
In considering transportation near the centre of the campus, the dominant factors relate to safe and efficient networks to support pedestrian, bicycle and bus traffic and to provide for visitor parking, in so far as possible. Vehicle traffic and University parking will be focused at the perimeter of campus.

Green Space and the Campus Environment (p. 35)
The grounds, including pathways, courtyards, the Sherwood Fox Arboretum, natural areas, and wetlands all play an important role in creating a sense of place at the University. Future planning should include preservation of the grounds and development of a Landscape Plan, including the allocation of lands for the Arboretum, and enhancement of courtyards and other spaces while trying to use species native to Southwestern Ontario whenever considering new planting/landscaping. The retention of these spaces is essential for members of the community to enjoy and interact within the pleasant outdoor surroundings. The presence of trees is considered to be an important environmental aspect of the campus which also enhances its natural beauty. In the development of plans for new facilities, the preservation of trees needs to be a critical part of the planning. When it is necessary to remove trees, they will be replaced in numbers equal to or greater than the trees being removed. In addition, the University will commit enhancing the landscape with plantings throughout the campus.