The consultation process has begun, as the U of M’s sustainability committee moves towards finalizing its sustainability strategy.
Yesterday, the University of Manitoba released a draft version of its sustainability strategy for review by the university community.
Expansive in its reach, the draft strategy outlines visions, goals and benefits for a variety of initiatives based around both administrative processes and campus operations, including infrastructure, transportation and land use. Education also features prominently in the document and offers some unique proposals, including internship opportunities, a for-credit summer course centered around the U of M student garden and the development of a U1 sustainability course.
“We are aware that as a sizeable institution, the University of Manitoba leaves a significant environmental footprint,” said University of Manitoba President David Barnard. “Our goal is to lessen that impact, while at the same time enhancing our work and learning environment. Having a strong sustainability strategy will ensure that we reach that goal, and will enable us to be innovators in campus sustainability.”
The entire draft sustainability strategy is available for review on the university’s sustainability webpage at www.umanitoba.ca/sustainability.
Feedback gathered through this final consultation process will inform the U of M’s official sustainability strategy, which will be unveiled in Spring 2012.
For more information please contact Maire McDermott, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Manitoba, 204-474-8166 ([email protected]).