Beth Savan recognized as one of Canada's 2014 Clean16 and Clean50

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:10:00 PM




Photo courtesy of U of T Sustainability Office.

Congratulations to Dr. Beth Savan (Senior Lecturer Emerita at the School of the Environment and former Director of the U of T Sustainability Office) who has been recognized by Delta Management Group as one of Canada's 2014 Clean16 in the education category and also as a member of Canada's 2014 Clean50.  She is one of 50 individuals or small teams recognized for making the greatest contributions to sustainable development or clean capitalism in Canada from January 2011 to March 2013.  From this group, she was also selected as the leader in the education category. The Clean50 was created by Delta Management Group, a Canadian search firm focused on corporate sustainability, clean tech, corporate social responsibility, and "green professionals".

As U of T Sustainability Director, Dr. Savan laid the groundwork for a handful of programs to reduce energy and water and measure the impacts, and helped to formally incorporate sustainability into the University's Strategic Research Plan. Together with her students, she also launched Rewire, a program that empowers students to reduce their energy consumption in residences by promoting small behaviour changes with big environmental impact.  She is now leading the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, which combines expert practitioners and academics to address an important gap in knowledge about building more sustainable cities: how experience from the behavioural change field (applied to building occupants) can be transferred to the field of active transportation.  The project's goal is to encourage more people to cycle as their primary means of transportation, articularly for the short neighbourhood trips that comprise approximately half of all travel in Toronto.

For more information on the award and the winners, please visit www.clean50.com.