Appointment of the Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 9:45:04 AM

Professor Robinson

Professor John Robinson of the Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of the Environment has been appointed University of Toronto (U of T) Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2017, a new role which will situate him as chair of the University-wide Committee on the Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainability. The creation of this role was a key recommendation in Beyond Divestment: Taking Decisive Action on Climate Change: Administrative Response of the President's Advisory Committee on Divestment from Fossil-Fuels (March 2016). The committee's mandate is to identify ways to advance the university's contribution to meeting the challenge of climate change, with a particular focus on research and innovation, teaching, and university operations, to strengthen support for faculty and divisional initiatives, and to identify opportunities to build relationships within and outside the academic community,

Since arriving at U of T in January 2016, Professor Robinson has talked to numerous faculty, staff and students about creating a sustainability groundswell here. He is involved in the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and Trinity College.

"John's leadership in numerous initiatives to promote responsibility toward the environment, climate change, and sustainability makes him an ideal choice for this important role. He is forging new collaborations with units across campus, and has developed a new course, The U of T Campus as a Living Lab of Sustainability, as well as spearheading this year's Minden Symposium on the Environment," says School of the Environment Director Kimberly Strong.

Read more about Professor Robinson's new role and past accomplishments