Archived News


National Tree Day
September 25, 2019
Sustainability at Western is hosting a free tree giveaway in support of ReForest London’s Million Tree Challenge for National Tree Day! Free seedlings will be given away on a first come first served basis.

Annual Campus Clean-up 2018
May 15, 2018
Within 3 hours, volunteers helped to collect a total of 357.14 lbs (162 kg) of waste! Of that, 150 lbs were recyclable materials. For some perspective, the total amount of waste collected weighs roughly the same as 18 adult Koala bears.

Western receives $11M to reduce greenhouse gases
April 2, 2018
University efforts to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions received a multi-million-dollar boost thanks to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program.

EnviroCon 2018: Inspiring Change, Education and Awareness
March 16, 2018
EnviroCon is an interdisciplinary conference organized every year by students of the Collaborative Graduate Program in the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. EnviroCon 2018 will provide a forum for a broad range of topics in the Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Business, Policy, and Management.  

Western Named among Greenest Employers
May 15, 2017
Western has been named one of the 2017 winners of Canada’s Greenest Employers competition. The annual award is organized by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and acknowledges workplaces with noteworthy environmental programs and Earth-friendly policies that actively involve their employees and create a culture of environmental awareness.

Earth Day and Earth Week 2017
April 21, 2017
The City of London celebrated Earth Day and Earth Week with a series of events, organized by local non-profits and organizations, to engage the community in celebrating our natural heritage and green areas in the Forest City. 

Challenges in Sustainability - Perspectives on Water Issues
November 23, 2017
Organized by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, this event in the Challenges in Sustainability series focuses on "Perspectives on water issues: the intersection between Indigenous communities and researchers."

Sustainability at Western in Provincial Spotlight
December, 2017
A new report, issued by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), shines a spotlight on recent sustainability efforts at Western and the university’s commitment to battling climate change.

Western Becomes a Fair Trade Campus
January 21, 2016
“With so many claims of fairness and sustainability in the marketplace, third-party verification is an invaluable tool to ensure purchases actually connect with these values,” said Kevin McCabe, Hospitality Services Associate Director.

Understanding Your Food System Event
November 18, 2015
As part of International Week, Western's Sustainability team is proud to present a day dedicated to food sustainability! From farm to compost, learn about where our food comes from, the importance of knowing our food system, the benefits of eating healthy, and what is done with our organic waste and food scraps.

Facilities Management and Financial Services Celebrate Summer with Zero Waste BBQ 2014
June 23, 2014
95% of the waste generated at this event was diverted from landfill through recycling or composting. As well, this year’s total waste generation was reduced by 55% compared to the previous year! 

Ivey Sustainability Club's Water Bottle Reduction Challenge
November 19, 2012
Canadian Springs donated 600 refillable aluminum bottles and water-refilling stations were installed in student classrooms. The initiative aimed to create awareness of the negative environmental impact of plastic water bottles, as well as the economic savings from refilling bottles at water fountains. Over the period of 3 months, students saved approximately 2,200 MJ of energy, 500 kg of CO2 emissions, and over $4,000!