Guest speaker and Canadian food policy analyst Dr. Wayne Roberts will visit Western on April 14 as part of the activities planned for the Symposium on Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the Great Lakes Basin. Dr. Roberts has been honoured by NOW Magazine as one of Toronto's leading visionaries of the past 20 years. There are a number of other activities also open to the public including community outreach activities, distinguished panel Q&A and a film screening of the documentary "Just Eat It". Time and Location Information
Western holds two sustainability driven award competitions each year and in 2016, the ideas and initiatives of Centre for Environment and Sustainability graduate students were acknowledged by the university through the W.I.S.E. competition and the Western Green Awards. The Ideas for Sustainability and the Environment (WISE) Competition was established to foster innovative and high-impact ideas that reduce or eliminate today’s most pressing environmental concerns. The aim of the competition is to generate ideas and initiatives among Western’s students around the topic of sustainability, and officially recognize the winning ideas. Jessie Spasov, of the Master's in Environment and Sustainability program and her roommate teamed-up and were recognized as finalists in this year's competition. The Western Green Awards recognize an individual or team that initiates or supports an activity with positive environmental outcomes, encourages participation and involvement, works together with others, groups and organizations to meet their goal, or demonstrates an environmentally friendly effort/campaign. The purpose of the award is to help raise awareness of sustainability at Western University through the acknowledgement of community members (student, faculty, and staff) who have made positive contributions. This year, members of the Environment and Sustainability Society (ESS), composting team walked away with 1 of 3 awards given annually. Graduate student team members Megan Moore, Emily Lomax, Nicolette Francis, Jesslyn Buckingham, Tori Ervick (all of the MES program) and David Pipher (PhD Chemistry and Collaborative Environment and Sustainability program) joined forces to develop a comprehensive proposal to implement composting at The Spoke, a popular student eatery and pub on campus, with the aim to bring increase composting activity on campus. For their efforts, the ESS team was awarded $1,000.00 prize. Western News Article
Paul Mayne Western News - Recent PhD graduate Beth Hundey found human-caused sources – such as fertilizer and fossil fuels – make up 70 per cent of nitrates found in her research in high elevation lakes in the Uinta Mountains in Utah. These findings, which could be applied in areas throughout North America, show significant affects on the biodiversity of ecosystems and need immediate resolution. Drs. Hundey and Russell are recent graduates of the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability program.
The Ontario Climate Corsortium (OCC) is a partnership between the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Region of Peel, the University of Guelph, York University, McMaster University, and Western University focused on helping end-users figure out the climate questions they need to ask, and connects them with researchers who can deliver the answers.This year's Ontario Climate Consortium Symposium will be held at Guelph University on May 5. The theme of this year's event is "Climate Resilient Food Systems" in the greater Golden Horseshoe Region. Keynote speakers are Dr. Evan Fraser of the University of Guelph and Dr. Hank Venema of the International Institute of Sustainable Development. The symposium will include three panel and breakout discussions on Sustainable energy in the agri-food supply chain; exploring pathways towards low carbon and climate resilient agriculture and exploring a vision for climate resilient and sustainable local and regional food supply chains.
Dr. Evan Fraser
Regional Food Security in a Changing Climate
Dr. Hank Venema
Climate Risk Reduction in Agri-food Systems
Student Poster Competition
$1000 top prize!
Ontario Climate Consortium
Master's Students Take Trophy at Building Sustainability Case Competition
On March 1st, a team of four graduate students from the Master's of Environment and Sustainability program (M.E.S.) travelled to Newmarket Ontario, to present their critical analysis of York Region's strategic plan to become a net-zero carbon municipality by 2051, at the first York Region Building Sustainability Case Competition. Led by York Region's Environmental Services Department, the goal of the competition was to provide students with a practical, unique and applied learning opportunity that would generate creative ideas "from a fresh perspective to current sustainability topics that York Region and other municipalities will face in the months, years and decades to come." Teams were specifically charged with determining what components an ideal long-term Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan for York Region might entail.
Six teams from five Ontario universities rose to the challenge, including one from the Centre for Environment and Sustainability's M.E.S. program. Each team was given a week's time to review the case, research and analyze data and package the immergent creative solutions into a twenty minute presentation. Students presented their ideas in a preliminary round to a panel of judges consisting of some of York Region's top administrators. The M.E.S. team was one of two then selected for the "Lightning Round". These teams presented a second time and responded to follow-up questions from a second set of stakeholders who collectively judged the Western team as having provided the top analysis in the competition. (Pictured L-R) M.E.S. students Ryan Mallany, Kelsey Taylor, Elizabeth Johnson, Ailey Roberts and team supervisor Ian Colquhoun were presented with the first York Region Building Sustainability Case Competition trophy. Each student was also presented with a plaque in recognition of their achievement.