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IRIS: Campus Hub for Sustainability Research

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THEME: Campus Sustainability

TITLE: IRIS: Campus Hub for Sustainability Research

AUTHOR(S): Annette Dubreuil, Nadine Gudz, and Tony Morris

EDITS AND ADDITIONS FROM: Dawn Bazely and Arlene Gould

DATE: September 2009

TAGS: action research and learning, crystallized pedagogy, stakeholder environment, ecological restoration, carbon offsetting, cell phone recycling, YORKW!SE

ABSTRACT: York University has long been committed to environmental sustainability; the first Faculty of Environmental Studies in Canada was created at York. Building on its past achievements, the University has a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate leadership and innovation in the realm of sustainability: from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, to Osgoode Hall, to the Schulich School of Business, and the Faculty of Science and Engineering, among many other academic units. This report is, in essence, a progress report on the Campus Sustainability Blueprint Project – which aims to create a plan for sustainability at York University. The report moves the conversation about how to translate the “blueprint” into real world action forward, with examples from IRIS’ work. There is an evolving campus sustainability movement in North America, in which York University could and should position itself as a leader. The report also describes the unique role that IRIS plays in providing an interdisciplinary space to house an on-going dialogue on sustainability, while presenting a framework that can be used to guide York University as it moved forward with its commitments to campus sustainability. In conclusion, this “blueprint” is in fact a living document. It is intended to offer a point of departure for debate and dialogue on how York University can work toward achieving campus sustainability. As an ongoing challenge, future versions of this document are envisioned as the sustainability conversations on campus move the process forward.

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COPYRIGHT: Copyright © 2009 Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dubreuil, A.; Gudz, N.; Morris, T.; September 2009.  A YORKW!SE Project. “IRIS: Campus Hub for Sustainability Research.”