Sustainability News in 2021


2nd Annual Sustainability Pulse Survey: Open Nov. 1 - Dec. 3
November 1, 2021
Beginning November 1, the Office of Sustainability is asking all students, staff, and faculty to participate in our second annual Sustainability Pulse Survey. The survey will remain open until December 3 and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Participants who complete the survey will have a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods!

Inaugural student-led Sustainability Fair
October 5, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 marks the inaugural Sustainability Fair at Western! Co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability, Western Sustainability Leaders Program (WSLP), SOGS Sustainability, and EnviroWestern, with 10 additional participating groups, this collaborative event provides sustainability-related clubs and groups on campus with an opportunity to network with one another as well as members of the campus community.

Climate resilience key in pandemic recovery
June 24, 2021
Western geography and environment professor emeritus Gordon McBean collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to develop a new report for the federal government titled, "Building Climate Resilient Communities" which assesses the threat of climate change and how communities across Canada can proactively advance climate-resilience. 

Planting the seeds of sustainability
June 24, 2021
Construction of a new rain infiltration garden, plans to relocate the Indigenous food and medicine garden, and a student-led community garden are improving campus sustainability, resiliency, and community.

Tima Bansal and Amit Garg awarded Western's top research honour
May 13, 2021
Hellmuth prizes recognize the impact of Ivey researcher in business sustainability and Schulich Medicine kidney scientist. Tima Bansal helped establish the field of business sustainability and is among the field's most cited scholars.

Engineering prof named among world's top climate scientists
May 11, 2021
Professor emeritus Slobodan Simonovic is a world leader in applying systems analysis to water management and has recently been named as one of the world's 1,000 most influential climate scientists on the Reuters Hot List

Western students honoured for sustainability initiatives
May 4, 2021
The Western Green Awards recognize innovative work by members of the campus community to reduce the environmental impact of the university and of society as a whole. The winners of Western’s Ideas for Sustainability and the Environment (WISE) competition were also announced, recognizing students for high-impact ideas for reducing or eliminating today’s most pressing environmental concerns. Read the full article to learn about how these students are making positive environmental impacts and developing great ideas for sustainability. 

World Wildlife Fund partnership brings sustainability to life
April 28, 2021
Read more to learn how a student's native plant giveaway initiative led to a campus-wide sustainability program that helps students address the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Western in top five per cent in sustainability, impact rankings
April 22, 2021
Western's commitment to sustainable development places the university among the world's top educational institutions, shown through the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. Western placed in the top five percent of more than 1,100 universities from 94 countries and regions. 

Western introduces new climate change major
April 20, 2021
The new major, Climate Change and Society, is housed in the geography and environment department and will examine the climate crisis by integrating perspectives from science, social science and the humanities. The module is designed to equip students with the tools to communicate the essential aspects of climate science and think critically about how the media and popular culture convey climate change. 

Student Energy offers new "Mask On, Mask Up" project with Western Sustainability
March 1, 2021
Western's Student Energy club has responded to the increase in single use masks with a new project called Mask On, Mask Up. Individuals can track their personal environmental impacts by switching to reusable masks, and Student Energy's Projects Platform also tracks collective impacts on energy, water, and carbon emissions reductions. 

Enter your environmental ideas in the WISE Competition - $1,500 Grand Prize
January 22, 2021
Western's Ideas for Sustainability and the Environment (WISE) Competition fosters innovative and high-impact ideas to address society's most pressing environmental concerns. Separate competitions are established for undergraduate and graduate students, each with a $1,500 grand prize.

Nominations open for Western Green Awards
January 21, 2021
The Western Green Awards were initiated to raise awareness of sustainability at Western University through the acknowledgment of community members (students, faculty, and staff) who have made positive contributions. As many as three recipients will be selected by late March.