Beth Savan, Senior Lecturer Emerita, School of the Environment; and Steve Easterbrook, Professor, Department of Computer Science:

Sustainability Symposium Report: A summary of the June 2012 Symposium held at Hart House, University of Toronto. (January 2014)

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The highly successful Sustainability Symposium held on June 14th, 2012 at Hart House, hosted by the Cities Centre in partnership with the St. George campus Sustainability Office brought together a large group of University of Toronto staff, faculty and students to explore opportunities to achieve the university's boundless sustainability potential. The symposium identified three key elements of a campus‐wide sustainability strategy:

  1. A comprehensive sustainability plan, created through a fully participatory process, including Mission and Vision Statements; a commitment to this step already exists through the Council of Ontario Universities' Commitment to a Greener World.
  2. Ambitious legacy changes to embed sustainability into the university's governance in order to fully engage diverse campus members and integrate sustainable approaches into the policy and procedures framework.
  3. Multiplying sustainability benefits by ensuring synergistic connections across the various activities of the university, including teaching, research and operations thus enabling widespread engagement and harnessing the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of all members of the university community.

For more information, please contact Dr. Savan at or Dr. Easterbrook at




Douglas Macdonald, Senior Lecturer, School of the Environment:

Allocating Canadian Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Amongst Sources and Provinces: Learning from the European Union, Australia and Germany. (May 2013)

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This is the final project report of the project Allocating Canadian GHG Emission Reductions Amongst Sources and Provinces, a four-year project funded by SSHRC and studied the allocation of Canadian greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions amongst sources and provinces, learning from the European Union (EU), Australia and Germany. Done in collaboration with researchers at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany) and Wageningen Universiteit (The Netherlands), it addressed the inability of Canadian federal and provincial governments to reach agreement on one national climate change program, including allocation of cost amongst sources and provinces, in comparison to success in programs in EU, Australia, and Germany.

The authors argue that the fact that all Canadian federal and provincial governments are making climate policy unilaterally is a major factor explaining why Canada is expected to reach only half its goal of reducing GHG emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. The next post-2020 target, to be established by 2015, will be equally hollow unless governments can start to work together. The report lays out a pathway for politically viable steps which Canadian governments can take to achieve co-ordinated, effective national policy built upon a basis of agreement for equitable sharing of costs amongst provinces. Copies have been sent to all Canadian federal and provincial governments, relevant trade associations, ENGOs, think tanks, and the news media. Academic papers have been and will continue to be published.

For more information, please contact Dr. Macdonald at