IC3 launches a new strategic plan and changes its name

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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We are pleased to announce that after a year-long consultation process, the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) has ratified a new strategic plan that will chart our course for the next five years. As part of this new direction, the centre has been renamed the Waterloo Climate Institute.

The consultation process that informed these decisions provided an opportunity for members and the broader UWaterloo community to consider the proposed direction of the institute within the rapidly shifting context of climate change science, education, policy, and innovation. There has never been a time as pivotal as this coming decade for the science-policy-innovation interface. Therefore, a new strategic plan that renews our focus on generating impact was deemed essential, along with a new name that clearly reflects the growth of the institute and the deep expertise of our researchers. These changes help to re-align the institute’s core strength and capacities.

The Waterloo Climate Institute has a unique combination of strengths and depth of expertise that allows us to deal head-on with the complexity and interconnectedness of social, political, and technological dimensions of the climate crisis. This new plan will position the institute and our members to lead in critical research areas, and advance knowledge to achieve local to global impact.

Sarah Burch, Executive Director, Waterloo Climate Institute

Moving forward, the institute’s mission will be to elevate and enhance the impact and excellence of innovative interdisciplinary research and education that empowers business, governments, and civil society to respond effectively to the climate crisis. To do this, we will continue to focus on the following core and cross-cutting theme areas, and also support research and inquiry that intersects with, and spans across these themes:

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Core research themes:

Cross-cutting research themes:

  • Equity and justice
  • Governance
  • Innovation

To learn more about the new direction, read the strategic plan and stay tuned for the launch of our new Waterloo Climate Institute logo!

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