Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education: Taking an Institutional Approach

Thursday, March 26, 2009 (All day) - Friday, March 27, 2009 (All day)

The challenges of sustainability impact all aspects of universities and colleges: teaching and learning, research, operations and community relations. Across North America, institutions are exploring new management models and creating advisory councils, task forces and steering committees to take an institutional approach to sustainability. Those taking an institutional approach may find themselves with a competitive advantage in the future.

Sustainability is no longer only about operational practices; it is about faculty members, staff and students learning and working together to shape a sustainable future. It creates challenges for administrators and academics alike, making leadership at the institutional level essential.

The workshop will explore:

  • the role of universities in creating a sustainable future
  • the integration of sustainability across teaching, learning and research activities
  • the university as a “living laboratory” and as agent for change in the community
  • ways to assess and manage your institution’s carbon footprint
  • how Canadian universities compare in the global context
  • the integration of sustainability into institutional plans
  • management models for sustainability (structures, policies, accountability)