This Action Plan is embedded within a comprehensive framework of university plans and policies to ensure alignment with and support for the university-defined goals: advance academic excellence, expand experiential learning and enhance diversity. Laurier’s Strategic Academic Plan and Campus Master Plan provided crucial context for developing the goals in this Action Plan and will guide in its implementation.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, Laurier will develop a new and ambitious Carbon Reduction Roadmap and Energy Management Plan. Together, the Sustainability Action Plan, Carbon Reduction Roadmap and Energy Management Plan will outline Laurier’s short, medium and long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies and targets in alignment with Laurier’s overarching sustainability goal: achieve a low-carbon or carbon neutral campus and sustainable energy resiliency by 2050.
The Sustainability Office prepared this Action Plan to correspond with the global vision set by the United Nations through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through teaching and research, Laurier plays a critical role in preparing the next generation of leaders who can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. Universities play a vital part in finding solutions to increasingly complex global problems and pioneering technological innovations through their own operations to set an example for others.
Creation of this Action Plan was also guided by key issues of external compliance with governmental regulations, advancing sustainability within academics and furthering our commitment to socially responsible investing.
Finally, the direction and focus of this Action Plan was shaped by the Laurier community through extensive stakeholder consultation and a thorough review of trends in higher education.
See the Appendix for more details on plan and policy framework.
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